Saint Alphonsus Nampa Health Plaza will add inpatient services for heart patients, mothers and newborn babies in the three-story building underway just off the Garrity Boulevard exit of Interstate 84.
Expected to open before the end of the year, the new structure will feature a heart care center with 10 critical care beds and a 20-bed Fredric Birkeland Maternity Center. That center, which will include a neonatal intensive care unit, is named for a Canyon County obstetrician who delivered more than 5,000 babies. Birkeland died in 2007.
"Our decision to expand the Nampa Health Plaza and build this state-of-the-art facility at the Garrity Exit is focused on patient safety, access and efficiency," said Karl Keeler, president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Nampa, in an email. "This will be the first NICU in Canyon County - the fastest growing county in Idaho - so this is a facility our families need."
"Additionally, the heart care center at this location provides fast and easy access to the top heart care and interventional cardiology services in Idaho."
An enclosed "link corridor" will connect the new inpatient unit with the existing Health Plaza building, which includes a surgery center and a newly added emergency room, says Jim Williams, project superintendent for Big-D Construction.
Big D also built the Health Plaza's emergency room, which opened in February.
Keeler says the project "continues the 94-year-heritage begun by the Sisters of Mercy in 1917."
Saint Alphonsus took over Nampa's Mercy Medical Center, including its north Nampa Health Plaza in 2010.
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