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3 Treasure Valley hospitals expand

The lobby of the new West Valley Medical Center building at 1909 Fairview Ave. in Caldwell, at the corner of Elm Street  Caldwell.
The lobby of the new West Valley Medical Center building at 1909 Fairview Ave. in Caldwell, at the corner of Elm Street Caldwell. kjones@idahostatesman.com

In the western part of the Treasure Valley, three local health care giants unveiled their latest expansions this month. Two of expansions involve new construction. Construction costs for the new buildings — a four-story medical office tower in Caldwell and a dedicated outpatient surgery center in Meridian — totaled about $27 million. Their square footage? More than 120,000.

The Utah-based developer Gardner Co. built and owns the $15 million tower. Its tenants include West Valley Medical Center primary-care physicians, outpatient imaging and wound-care services, a center to educate patients before surgery and a wellness clinic.

The building also includes doctors and other providers who work for St. Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus health systems. Some independent health care providers also will see patients and customers there.

“We’ve got a long history of medical building,” says Tommy Ahlquist, Gardner’s chief operating officer. “We try to get out there and do as many medical projects as we can.”

The building was 90 percent leased on its opening day, Ahlquist says.

Gardner also built — but doesn’t own — the new 30,000-square-foot surgery center opened by St. Luke’s on its Meridian hospital campus, north of Interstate 84 on Eagle Road.

That project cost about $12 million. It allows St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center to use its emergency room for emergencies, not the outpatient procedures that were being performed there.

In the third expansion, Saint Alphonsus Health System bolstered its presence in Eagle with a new primary care clinic.

The clinic is at 600 E. State St. It’s a smallish, seven-room clinic that is 10 years old but is now part of a growing Saint Alphonsus group wherein nurse practitioners — not just doctors — have their own slates of patients.

Audrey Dutton: 377-6448, Twitter: @IDS_Audrey

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