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Saint Al’s to tear down old Nampa hospital building

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Saint Alphonsus Health System announced Wednesday it would tear down the old Mercy Hospital building on 12th Ave. in Nampa.

Saint Alphonsus-parent Trinity Health acquired the hospital in 2010. The hospital closed two years ago, when staff moved to the new Saint Alphonsus Nampa hospital along Interstate 84.

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Health system officials say they tried to sell or find a group to donate the building, but “exhausted all possibilities.” The health system did receive offers on the building, but said they were “not economically viable to Saint Alphonsus.” Instead, work crews will move in and tear down the 223,000 square foot building.

“We know that the now vacant hospital building holds special memories for many,” Lynda Clark, Nampa Community Hospital Board Chair said in a prepared statement. “It was our hope that the former Mercy Medical Center could find a new life, but ultimately, no viable plan came forward. After trying for nearly two years to find another use for this building, the time has come to sell the land so a new community asset can take its place.”

Once demolition is complete, the land use of the empty 190-acre site would be “subject to approval by the City of Nampa,” according to a news release.

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