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Officials with St. Luke's Health System say concerns over conflicts of interest involving a contract with Your Health Idaho are unwarranted.

The health care giant was recently awarded a portion of a contract to counsel potential customers on the state-based health insurance exchange. Some Your Health Idaho board members recently raised concerns the contract doesn't include an auditing mechanism to prevent St. Luke's counselors from steering customers to plans that financially benefit the hospital.

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St. Luke’s Health System is using a music video spoof to remind people to protect their eyes during the upcoming solar eclipse.


St. Luke's Expansion To Include Traffic Changes

Jul 10, 2017
via St. Luke's

 

Boise commuters can expect traffic delays around St. Luke’s hospital in downtown beginning Sunday night. The delays are caused in part by the new expansion of St. Luke’s campus and a new traffic plan to help ease road congestion in that area.

As a part of the new expansion project for St. Luke’s, the City of Boise and the Ada County Highway District have partnered to create a much needed road update. Among the improvements is a two lane roundabout at the intersection of East Fort and Reserve Street.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

After being constructed in secret by a small group of Republican senators, a push is underway to pass a bill reforming the nation's health care system.

For perspective on what changes could be in store both nationally and in Idaho, Matt Guilhem spoke to Dr. David Pate, the President and CEO of St. Luke's Health System.

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Idaho’s oldest and tallest sequoia moved over the weekend. While the evergreen only went a short distance, the process of moving an 800,000 pound tree is no small feat.

Late Saturday night, two huge excavators make that familiar beep as they slowly back up, pulling the big tree out of its spot by St. Luke’s Hospital. With Fort Street shut down, a crowd assembles to watch the hundred-foot-tall tree make its journey of about 1,200 feet down the road.

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St. Luke’s Health System is distributing over a quarter of a million dollars in grants to Magic Valley nonprofits.

A group of representatives from 30 area charity groups gathered to be awarded shares of $275,000 in Community Health Improvement Grants from St. Luke’s.

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When you think of Giant Sequoia trees, you may think California before you think Boise. But Idaho’s largest Giant Sequoia, with its complicated history, is about to be moved from behind St. Luke’s Hospital downtown.

The 98-foot-tall tree is more than 20 feet around. The tree began life as a tiny cutting given to Dr. Fred Pittenger and planted next to his house around 1912.

It grew, and grew, as St. Luke’s and the city grew too. But it almost perished in the 1980s, smothered by the holiday spirit of the community.

Screenshot from video by Jason Urry / St. Lukes

Last month we told you the story of a Twin Falls doctor, who was once paralyzed, but was able to climb Idaho's tallest mountain. Now you can watch a video of his inspiring climb.

Jonathon Myers broke his neck ten years ago in a car accident. Paralyzed from the neck down, he fought back and learned how to walk again. He went to medical school and specialized in rehabilitation.

August Dean Elliott died last September after being admitted to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center for a cardiac arrhythmia. According to the suit, the nurse who treated him, Jeffrey Smith, failed to check the dosage of the medicine ordered by the doctor. The baby died within hours of receiving an adult dose of saline solution infused with potassium phosphate.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Officials from St. Luke's Health System say they will not pursue a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to a federal judge's ruling that its purchase of Saltzer Medical Group violated antitrust laws.

The Idaho Statesman reports that St. Luke's CEO David Pate and board Chairman Skip Oppenheimer wrote in a letter to employees Thursday that they respect the Ninth Circuit Court's decision and are working to separate the two companies.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's ruling that St. Luke's Health System violated antitrust laws when it acquired Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group back in 2012.

Modern Healthcare reports the ruling is a win for the Federal Trade Commission, "in its first major case challenging a physician deal." 

Officials with the Elks Rehab System in Boise have sent letters to local mayors announcing layoffs associated with St. Luke’s takeover of Elks facilities. Elks officials say significant financial and operational challenges are forcing it to hand over its operations to the Idaho healthcare giant. 

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St. Luke's Health System has been handed a $10 million bill for a lawsuit the hospital lost, according to the Idaho Statesman.  

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A Boise-area hospital and Idaho's largest independent physicians' practice are seeking to reverse a federal judge's ruling that their joining forces violated federal antitrust laws.

St. Luke's Health System and Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group on Tuesday filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Boise to stay the court ruling pending an appeal.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in January ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and the Federal Trade Commission.

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A federal judge says a Boise-area hospital violated federal antitrust laws when it purchased Idaho's largest independent physicians' practice.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the ruling Friday, ordering St. Luke's Health System to undo its buyout of the Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group.

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