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A large new medical complex will soon come to Meridian’s Ten Mile Crossing.

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Ball Ventures Ahlquist and its Saltzer Health division said it would build a 270,000 square foot complex – consisting of two buildings.

The project will feature the area’s first 24-hour urgent care clinic. Different from a traditional emergency room, the urgent care clinic is what some call a “doc in a box,” for patients needing care at a level lower than an emergency room. Currently, the only overnight options for care are the area’s ER facilities.

Other features include a surgery center, doctors’ clinics, gastroenterology treatment, rehab, physical therapy, imaging, lab and a pharmacy.

Saltzer hopes to open the facility by the late fall of 2020.

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“With these state-of-the-art buildings, we are poised to bring quality care, transparency and reduced costs to Treasure Valley patients,” BVA co-founder Dr. Tommy Ahlquist said.

Rendering of the new Saltzer Health Facility at Ten Mile Crossing. Via CTA

Saltzer also said it would add a new division focused on rehab, home health and hospice services.

“With the addition of post-acute therapy, rehabilitation, home health, hospice and skilled nursing services, Saltzer Health will be well-positioned to better meet the healthcare needs of all patients along the care continuum,” Saltzer CEO Ed Castledine said.

Saltzer said it will continue to operate its facilities in Canyon County.

BVA purchased Saltzer in April of this year. 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 divested Saltzer.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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