Mountain Home's hospital will become part of St. Luke's Health System starting Monday, just under a year after Elmore County approved a plan for Elmore Medical Center to join the Boise-based health system.
The integration has taken six months to fully prepare, according to St. Luke's.
St. Luke's had previously managed operations at the 25-bed hospital, which serves the Mountain Home area. Elmore Medical Center started as a county hospital, and in 1986 became a tax-district hospital. It will continue to be part of the local tax district, the press release said.
"Elmore Medical Center has been providing care in this community since 1955, and it's important we continue providing quality care close to home," said Elmore Medical Center CEO Greg L. Maurer in a prepared statement. "We've continued to grow to meet the demands of our community, and the decision to integrate with St. Luke's will increase our ability to participate in initiatives that will further improve the health of the people we serve."
Maurer has been CEO of the hospital for 11 years and will "continue to provide executive leadership," the press release said. "We're excited to welcome Elmore Medical Center to the St. Luke's family, and we look forward to continuing the tradition of providing exemplary health care to the community," said St. Luke's CEO David Pate in the announcement.