Mega-employer St. Lukes Health System has been Idahos largest private employer for at least two years. It has hit a new peak, with exactly 10,297 people working for the system as of Thursday. Those included 370 doctors systemwide. About 7,500 people in the Treasure Valley work for St. Lukes.
Crossing the state Based in Boise, St. Lukes has spread across Southwest Idaho by buying physician practices and hospitals, such as St. Benedicts hospital in Jerome, which became St. Lukes Jerome last fall. St. Lukes also has been in talks to buy Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group.
Expansion plans Some St. Lukes operations are slowly being moved into a strip mall at 111 S. Broadway Ave. home, for now, to Boise Fry Co. and former home to Ali Baba restaurant. The system is essentially the landlord for the strip mall, said spokesman Ken Dey. It isnt renewing leases as they expire. Thats because St. Lukes plans to move nonmedical operations, like billing and human resources, into the spaces as it expands into blocks around its Boise campus.
Another Downtown tower The hospital eventually plans to build another hospital tower near its main building. That will require a significant displacement of offices that are in the proposed tower location, Dey said. Well continue looking for space in the surrounding Downtown area to lease and buy, he said.
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