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St. Luke’s to end in-patient pediatric care in Meridian

By Marissa Morrison

St. Lukes Children's Hospital in Downtown Boise, with the main St. Luke’s Medical Center tower at left.
St. Lukes Children's Hospital in Downtown Boise, with the main St. Luke’s Medical Center tower at left. St. Luke’s Health System

St. Luke’s Health System will discontinue in-patient pediatric services at its Meridian hospital.

The Meridian unit houses six beds for pediatric in-patient use, and it generally serves one or two patients at a time, said Dr. Kathryn Beattie, executive medical director and administrator of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. After Aug. 12, the beds will be used for in-patient care for adults.

“This is truly the best decision for pediatric patients in the Treasure Valley and, really, the whole community,” Beattie said.

Boise’s St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital includes 39 pediatric beds, 13 pediatric intensive care beds and 61 beds for newborns requiring intensive care. St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital shares a campus in Downtown Boise with St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center.

“We have pediatric surgeons, and, when they go to surgery, we have pediatric anesthesiologists and pediatric radiologists to read the films,” Beattie said. “We have special therapists and technology that you just wouldn’t have at a community hospital. We see it as a benefit for the community that all the kids will come here for care.”

You can still take a child to the emergency room at the St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center on Eagle Road just north of I-84. “There’s no change in our emergency services or our newborn intensive care or newborn services,” Beattie said.

This story has been corrected. An earlier version misspelled Dr. Kathryn Beattie’s first name.

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