The first phase of a $55 million hospital project on the western margins of the Treasure Valley has been completed.
St. Luke's Health System opened a new 80,000-square-foot medical plaza Thursday in Fruitland.
The $30 million plaza has urgent care, a walk-in clinic, lab and medical-imaging services. It also houses doctor's offices.
An all-hours emergency room will open at the plaza Aug. 1. It will be staffed by doctors from the same contractor that staffs St. Luke's emergency rooms in Boise, Meridian and Nampa.
The next phase in the project is still in the works. St. Luke's says it needs enough money from community donations to cover 10 percent of the $25 million cost or $2.5 million. That phase, though, would consolidate all the Fruitland-area services into one place. It would include relocating the cancer clinic that St. Luke's opened in Fruitland 12 years ago.
When the new ER opens this summer, St. Luke's will have about 100 employees in Fruitland.