2013-03-29 – St. Luke’s, Elmore Medical Center in Idaho Set to Merge
Patient care and support staff from Elmore Medical Center (EMC) and St. Luke’s Health System are preparing to integrate on April 1, 2013. Their efforts follow the Elmore Medical Center Hospital District (EMCHD) Board of Trustees and St. Luke’s approval of the Definitive Agreement and Health Services Agreement documents joining Elmore Medical Center with St. Luke’s Health System. St. Luke’s will continue to manage EMC until integration occurs and EMC becomes St. Luke’s Elmore.
In December 2010, following a lengthy evaluation process, the Hospital District Board approached St. Luke’s about joining the Health System. A steering committee, comprised of representatives from both organizations has developed agreements that will ensure the best heath care for patients in the region. The agreements define the governance structure, identify opportunities to coordinate clinical care, define facilities improvement processes, and provide other details necessary to guide EMC’s integration with St. Luke’s Health System. Residents of Elmore County expressed their support for EMC joining St. Luke’s in a public vote held on May 15, 2012.
“For the past 11 years, EMC has had an excellent relationship with St. Luke’s and the EMC Board believes a closer relationship, integrating with St. Luke’s, will provide the best opportunity to provide quality health care services that meet our community’s needs today and in the future” stated Greg Maurer, EMC Administrator.
Elmore County residents, including three members of the EMCDH Board, will serve on a Community Council and will be involved in the governance of St. Luke’s Elmore along with the St. Luke’s Treasure Valley Board of Directors and supporting committees. The EMCHD Board will be responsible for assuring the terms of the agreements are met.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Elmore Medical Center to the St. Luke’s family,” said Chris Roth, CEO of St. Luke’s Treasure Valley operations. “We’ve had a wonderful working relationship for many years. The staff and physicians that serve the hospital have a strong commitment to the health of the community and we look forward to working together to meet the needs of residents living in Mountain Home and the surrounding area.”
The services available in the hospital, Trinity Mountain Medical Clinic, Specialty Clinic and Long Term Care Unit will continue to be provided with no interruptions to patients.