Four-hospital St. Alphonsus Health System plans to convert an acute-care hospital in Nampa, Idaho, to an ambulatory center and spend $80 million to build a hospital at its other campus in the southern Idaho city.
The Boise, Idaho-based system, which also has locations in Oregon, is part of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health. Its decision to convert the hospital into an outpatient facility reflects a growing trend among health systems across the country as inpatient volumes drop.
St. Alphonsus Medical Center on 12th Avenue, one of two identically named facilities operated by the system in Nampa, lacks updated medical technology and isn't appropriately located to serve the county's growing population, the system decided. So the system will build a replacement acute-care hospital and expand its maternity and heart center at its other Nampa campus near Interstate 84, a more accessible location.
Once complete, the expanded campus will offer 100 acute-care beds, down from the current 152. The converted hospital will have an emergency department and physicians' offices.