St. Lukes has purchased a property in McCall to help alleviate the workforce housing shortage in the area.
The building at 212 N. Third Street is a mixed-use property with four retail spaces and 10 studio apartments.
Over the past few years, St. Lukes McCall said it has struggled to fill positions because of the housing shortage. According to a St. Luke’s blog, the medical center has contracted more agency staff to fill positions and vacancies. Agency staff is travelers that work under short-term contracts.
“This year, we have had to contract with more travelers for longer periods of time and for positions we typically have not had a need for in the past,” St. Luke’s McCall Chief Operating and Nursing Officer Amber Green said, adding that “recently, we’ve had travelers turn down positions due to the lack of housing and the cost.”
St. Lukes McCall has 14 travelers currently contracted. The newly purchased studios will be primarily used for travelers, however, “consideration” will be made for permanent staff if the new housing fits their needs.
“Having access to 10 new studio units will make a big difference in our ability to accommodate housing needs of travelers, which have become necessary for us to continue to provide services,” Green said.
St. Lukes also owns a home and two duplexes in McCall and leases another home near the hospital campus.
“We are still lacking in housing options for our permanent staff and are exploring opportunities to meet this need,” Green said.