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New hospital brings more options

The ribbon has been cut on a brand-new 302-space parking garage at Mountain View Hospital. The garage opening brought out Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little. The new garage is a sign of what is to come in the future with the announcement of a brand-new hospital called Idaho Falls Community Hospital. It will serve a variety of health care needs in a new building that holds 88 private rooms.

“Different aspects of care that haven’t been available on this campus before, like emergency medicine and intensive care medicine (will now be available),” said Casey Jackman, director of specialty services for Mountain View Hospital and future chief operations officer for Idaho Falls Community Hospital. “Just super excited about the opportunities it’s going to bring.”

This will be Idaho Falls’ third hospital. It provides more choices and opportunities for health care in the area.

“That choice translates into a variety of options, a variety of specialists and people who can meet medical needs here in Eastern Idaho,” said Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “People don’t have to travel and leave the area or the state to get the kind of care that you know they feel they need.”

The new hospital is being built adjacent to Mountain View Hospital. They are separate organizations but will still collaborate.

“Things that aren’t available at Mountain View Hospital are gonna be available at Idaho Falls Community Hospital,” Jackman said. “And so they really compliment each other and they’re going to work together to provide great-quality health care in Idaho Falls. Our focus is going to be to offer that at a good price to the people of Idaho Falls.”

The new hospital is a sign that Idaho Falls is growing. It will have a high economic impact and help with the doctor shortage in Idaho.

“Choice is actually really important,” Casper said. “It’s not just a word, a buzzword or a little thing we say. It actually represents that the marketplace is healthy. And if the marketplace is doing its job, innovation and creativity and how we deliver health care follows.”

The new hospital will bring in about 300 new doctors and more than 200 new nurses. It will have an emergency room, in-patient services and an intensive care unit. It is scheduled to open in late 2019.

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