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COVID-related Service Updates

Service Availability (updated 11/23/20)

Temporary Pause in Certain Elective Surgeries and Procedures

Due to significant and increasing COVID-19 activity resulting in hospitalization in the community, St. Luke’s Health System announced that in order to proactively manage its capacity for care, it will temporarily stop scheduling certain elective surgeries and procedures that can be delayed 90 or more days without negative consequences and require an overnight hospital stay. This temporary pause will be in place through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.

St. Luke’s Boise, Meridian, Magic Valley and Nampa Medical Centers will also cancel all impacted elective cases (that can be delayed 90 or more days) requiring an overnight stay that are already scheduled through the week of Nov. 30. St. Luke’s will continue to evaluate the cancelation of future impacted elective procedures on a weekly basis. Impacted patients will be contacted directly. 

St. Luke’s Hospitals in McCall and Mountain Home will not cancel any currently scheduled impacted elective surgeries and procedures. Those will proceed as planned.

At St. Luke's Wood River, already scheduled elective surgical and cardiac procedures requiring an overnight hospitalization will continue the week of Nov. 23. Those already scheduled the week of Nov. 30 will be canceled. 

At St. Luke’s Magic Valley, the pause on pediatric admissions will continue. All pediatric patients needing admission will be transferred from Twin Falls to other facilities with the following exceptions: 

  • Patients at least 14 years old and at least 40 kg in weight and non-COVID may be admitted to an adult bed at Magic Valley hospital.
  • Patients fewer than 28 days of life and non-COVID may be admitted to the Magic Valley hospital NICU. 
This pause does not impact elective outpatient surgeries or procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay. St. Luke’s will continue to monitor our capacity for care and make adjustments as appropriate.

Factors Impacting St. Luke's Service Availability and COVID-19 Response

  • Staffing, Supply, and PPE Availability

    We are constantly adjusting and adapting as our access to personal protective equipment, critical health care supplies, and a healthy workforce fluctuates. 

  • Clinical Standards

    Practices change as our understanding of the virus evolves; our team continually evaluates and incorporates the latest science and clinical care guidelines.

  • COVID-19 Patient Census

    We carefully monitor ongoing COVID-19 inpatient and surge activity levels within our hospitals.

  • Overall Capacity for Care

    All day, every day, we are watching the availability of medical, surgical and ICU beds for all patients.