BVA’s Saltzer acquisition done: new name, leadership announced

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After several years of turmoil, the independent Saltzer Medical Group has new owners — and a new name.

Ball Ventures Ahlquist announced in January it planned to purchase Saltzer from its current owners.

St. Luke’s Health System initially purchased the group in 2013. That triggered a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission and Idaho Attorney General. The complaint said pulling Saltzer into St. Luke’s would create too much market power and lead to higher rates. In 2017, St. Luke’s was forced to divest Saltzer.

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As of today, the group is under the ownership of BVA, and is changing its name to Saltzer Health. It also named Dr. John Kaiser, a 20-year veteran of the company, as CEO of Saltzer Health Clinics. Ed Castledine, a former St. Luke’s Nampa administrator is the new CEO of the overall Saltzer organization.

A news release from Saltzer indicates unspecified expansion plans are in the works.

Joseph Saltzer founded the organization more than 75 years ago. Over the years it expanded to a number of clinics and facilities across the area.

Courtesy Saltzer Health

BVA is working on several medical facilities around the Treasure Valley – including an urgent care center in Boise’s Barber Valley, medical facilities on the former Farmstead site and a large medical center with Hospital Corporation of America at Chinden and Highway 16.

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