St. Luke’s plans a $96M hospital for Nampa

The full-scale hospital would have 76 beds, medical offices, parking and infrastructure, emergency transport areas and space for further expansion.

The hospital is necessary because of high and increasing demand, a St. Luke’s Health System spokesman said.

“Currently, more than 23 percent of Canyon County residents who need hospitalization come to St. Luke’s” in Meridian and Boise, said Dave Ensunsa, public relations director for St. Luke’s Health System.

One in four St. Luke’s Meridian hospital patients come from Canyon County, Ensunsa said. The Nampa St. Luke’s emergency department, which opened in 2012 in north Nampa, is busier than expected, and population in the area is projected to grow by 28 percent by 2024, he said.

There will be a public hearing before the Nampa Planning and Zoning Commission next week.

Plans for the hospital have been in the works since at least 2012, when the health system borrowed $150 million for a wish list of projects that included a Nampa hospital. But the funding source is now expected to come from a different pot of money, about $180 million that St. Luke’s borrowed last year.