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Here’s what’s going up now at Curtis and Emerald in Boise — and why you may need it

An artist’s rendering of the Saint Alphonsus rehabilitation hospital under construction at the southwest corner of Curtis Road and Emerald Street in Boise, just south of the hospital’s main campus.
An artist’s rendering of the Saint Alphonsus rehabilitation hospital under construction at the southwest corner of Curtis Road and Emerald Street in Boise, just south of the hospital’s main campus. Provided by the Boise Planning & Development Department

Update Sept. 26, 2018: Construction has started on Saint Alphonsus’ rehabilitation hospital at the southwest corner or Curtis Road and Emerald Street in Boise.

BuildZoom.com reports that the city issued a permit valued at $15.6 million on Aug. 30 for the one-story, 50,000-square-foot hospital. The contractor is M. J. Harris Construction Services LLC, of Birmingham, Alabama.

The story below was published July 20, 2018, under the headline, “Here’s what’s going up soon at Curtis and Emerald in Boise — and why you may need it.”

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center is building a $15 million, 40-bed rehabilitation hospital at the southwest corner of Curtis Road and Emerald Street.

The 50,000 square-foot hospital will replace a 30-bed acute rehabilitation unit inside Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, across Emerald to the north. Saint Alphonsus said it doesn’t have room to expand its rehab program in the existing hospital.

The new hospital is a joint venture of Saint Alphonsus and Encompass Health Corp., formerly HealthSouth, of Birmingham, Alabama. Encompass operates inpatient hospitals and offers in-home care in 36 states.

Rehab hospitals specialize in intensive rehabilitative care for patients recovering from illness, injury or surgery,

“This partnership will allow for the expansion of our therapy areas with state-of-the-art technology and robust clinical programs in a brand-new facility,” Odette Bolano, former president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, said in a statement when the project was announced in February.

Current employees will have the opportunity to go to work for Encompass once the new hospital is open, said Mark Snider, Saint Alphonsus spokesman.

Snider said Saint Alphonsus expects the new hospital will be ready to open next July.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @JohnWSowell.
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