St. Luke's Health System broke ground Wednesday on a $30 million medical plaza in Fruitland that is expected to open in spring 2014.
The St. Luke's Fruitland Medical Plaza is part of a two-phase, $55 million expansion project. The plaza will consolidate all St. Luke's Fruitland services in one location.
The plaza is a two-story, 80,000-square-foot building that includes a 24-hour emergency department staffed by the same group of emergency-room doctors that provides emergency care in St. Luke's ERs in Boise, Meridian and Nampa. The new ER is expected to add 35 jobs.
St. Luke's also plans to have a walk-in clinic, lab services, diagnostic and imaging services and physician offices at the plaza.
The second phase of the project depends on fundraising to offset 10 percent of the expected $25 million cost, St. Luke's said. Plans for that phase are not final but would allow St. Luke's to move the Fruitland clinic of its Mountain States Tumor Institute and other outpatient services.
St. Lukes has provided services in the Fruitland area since 1997. In 2010, St. Luke's opened a Fruitland health clinic in a temporary space. Last year, St. Lukes had more than 60,000 patient visits at that clinic, its Fruitland MSTI location and family medicine practices in the Fruitland area.