BOISE -- Idaho's largest employer is going to get bigger. St Luke's made a multi-million dollar bond offering, planning for expansions in Payette, Canyon and Ada counties. This was just the first step towards building new facilities.

The St. Luke's medical plaza in Nampa is two months old.

One of the reason we came to Nampa is because we had a demand from our patients. We see 20 percent of our patients, for example, that visit the emergency room in Meridian were coming from Nampa and the Canyon County area, said St. Luke's spokesperson Ken Dey.

Dey said the new site is doing well.

It's actually been meeting all our expectations. It's been very busy. So all those factors are going to factor into what we do for future plans, said Dey.

The St. Luke's Health System is planning to expand their presence in Canyon County. St. Luke's made a $90 million bond offering for a new hospital in Nampa. Dey said they will watch their first site in Nampa and look at growth patterns before deciding what to build.

St. Luke's is also getting ready for growth in Payette County. The system made a $30-million bond offering for a facility in Fruitland.

We do have a temporary clinic in Fruitland, and we do have plans to expand that into a, more of a medical plaza format, Dey said.

Like in Nampa, Dey said the expansion is driven by demand from people in Fruitland.

We've been in there for over 10 years, said Dey. We've had a very strong patient base there. We did start a clinic, a temporary clinic that's reaching capacity. We still see a demand from the community.

Dey said there are also long range plans for an expansion at their downtown Boise location.

As the population in the Treasure Valley grows, St Luke's plans to grow, too.

We do look at the population projections and actually we've seen it continues to grow year over year, so more people are moving her, said Dey. So that obviously factors into it.

Dey said they will have more details on the expansion in Fruitland at an announcement next week. As for the Nampa facility, he said they have the funding but can't say when that project will become a reality.

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