Saint Al’s offers its Nampa hospital to the state

Correction: The title of Karl Keeler has been corrected.

Saint Alphonsus Health System announced Wednesday that it is offering its Nampa hospital building to the state of Idaho.

The system is building an $80 million hospital near Interstate 84 in Nampa, to replace the older 231,000-square-foot Nampa hospital on 12th Avenue.

The new hospital is slated to open in 2017, and the older hospital will pare down to an emergency room, doctors’ offices, labs and radiology.

Saint Alphonsus CEO Rodney Reider invited Gov. Butch Otter to consider whether the rest of the four-story hospital can be used by the state to provide health services. If so, Reider said, Saint Alphonsus would “donate the remaining building space,” according to a news release from the hospital system.

“This hospital was occupied in 1968 and has had several renovations and additions over the years,” said Karl Keeler, president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa, said in the release. “By starting this review process now, it will give the state of Idaho time to assess the needs of the services they provide and if this building will help them meet those needs.”