Saint Alphonsus expanding cancer center into Nampa

Saint Alphonsus expanding cancer center into Nampa
Posted at 5:55 AM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 07:55:43-04

NAMPA, Idaho — Some big changes are in store for Saint Alphonsus hospital in Nampa.

Officials announced Monday the expansion of a new cancer center. The hospital says it has seen more than a 20 percent jump in the number of cancer patients who are currently having to travel to either Boise or Caldwell for their oncology treatments.

What this is going to do is bring a final component into cancer care, which is radiation oncology. And that brings it all to a one-stop-shop for patients," said Travis Leach, the president of Saint Alphonsus in Nampa. "You don't have to travel all across the Valley finding different places to access care. It brings it all to one stop, one place."

The hospital's emergency department will be renovated and remodeled, nearly doubling the capacity to care for patients. A new area will be added to house the hospital's linear accelerator, which is needed for radiation treatments. The new cancer center should be open by this fall.

This is the second facility coming to Canyon County. Last week, St. Luke's hospital announced it will be relocating it's Mountain State Tumor Institute to Nampa. Construction on that should begin in August with the facility opening in about two years.