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St. Als plans new emergency medical plaza

Posted at 11:02 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 19:28:47-04

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center officials today announced they are seeking to build an emergency medical plaza on 12th Avenue to serve the residents of south Nampa and beyond.

“Adjacent to the current hospital at 12th Avenue in Nampa, the new 40,000 square foot facility will be positioned to meet the triple aim of lower cost, better care, and better health for south Nampa by replacing aging buildings with facilities that better accommodate the latest care models and medical technology,” said hospital spokesman Josh Schlaich.

With improved access for lower-acuity patients, the emergency medical plaza will offer emergency care, short-stay inpatient beds, and radiology. The medical plaza will also offer primary care services, which will be relocated from the current clinic on Iowa Avenue in Nampa.

Pending approvals by the City of Nampa, Saint Alphonsus plans to open the emergency medical plaza in 2017, complementing the planned 2017 opening of the full-service hospital at I-84 and Garrity in Nampa.

"Since we announced the replacement hospital build at I-84 and Garrity, we promised that we would continue to provide needed services to south Nampa residents. Our commitment to south Nampa services hasn't changed, particularly considering the continued growth in Canyon County's population. While some of the finer details about the services are still taking shape, we are excited about this addition," said Karl Keeler, CEO of Saint Alphonsus in Nampa and Ontario. "South Nampa residents deserve the same high-quality care and access as those closer to the new hospital going in at I-84 and Garrity, and the new emergency medical plaza will provide those lower acuity services."

"Catholic healthcare has been in Canyon County for nearly 100 years," said Rodney Reider, President and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System. "Although we continue to carry the legacy of care that the Catholic sisters founded so many years ago, we have dramatically changed the way we deliver that care. We now have an increased focus on preventative, outpatient, and high-tech services. The new emergency medical plaza will provide the access, convenience, and lower cost care needed to achieve better health for the entire community."

Current services located at the Saint Alphonsus Iowa Clinic and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa on 12th Avenue will be fully operational until they can be transitioned into the new emergency medical plaza on 12th Avenue and replacement hospital at I-84 and Garrity