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St. Luke’s changes course on unfinished hospital along Boise Connector that was set to open in 2020

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St. Luke’s Health System is changing course on parts of a large hospital facility it started building in 2018 in Downtown Boise.

As BoiseDev first reported in 2017, the health system planned to build a new set of buildings and parking structure at 27th St. and Fairview Ave. in Boise, backing up to the I-184 Connector. St. Luke’s later announced it would house an “innovative orthopedic specialty facility” with an opening date set for 2020.

But 2020 and 2021 both came and went – and in recent months, apparent construction activity has slowed on both the 230,000 square foot hospital building and adjacent 700-space parking garage. The hospital building remains behind construction barricades and the interior of the project does not appear complete. A BoiseDev reader reached out and asked what was happening on the project.

Permit modification

In December, Hummel Architects filed a new sewer permit for the project – which indicated a significant change in use and scope.

“Plan modification to change what was formerly planned to be an orthopedic hospital and medical offices to a surgery center… ambulatory care facility, short stay post-operative surgery recovery area… and outpatient medical clinics.”

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St. Luke’s Health System Treasure Valley Public Relations Manager Christine Myron acknowledged that the project is changing.

“Construction on the new St. Luke’s facility near 27th Street and Fairview Avenue in Boise continues to move forward,” she wrote. “As a next step, the project application was resubmitted to the city – part of that included modifications to its future occupancy and use.”

Plans ‘evolved’

Myron said the plans for the facility “evolved over time” even though construction started more than three years ago. She said doctors, patients, leaders, and others gave input on changes.

“St. Luke’s identified optimal services to be provided at this facility, ultimately moving forward with an ambulatory care center,” she said.

Services offered would include “musculoskeletal care, including surgery for the foot and ankle, knees, shoulders, hand and wrist, pediatrics, and total joint, as well as orthopedic urgent care, sports medicine care, laboratory services, imaging, and nutrition services.”

The new project opening date is late 2023, and Myron said St. Luke’s will provide additional information “in the coming months.”

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at don@boisedev.com.

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