IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls has opened the only burn care center in the entire Gem State.

Until now the closest burn care facilities were located in Denver, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

The $5 million facility will be the only location of its kind in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota.

There are 128 total burn centers in the U.S.

The new burn center includes a 6-bed ICU for critically-injured patients as well as an outpatient burn, trauma and wound clinic for ongoing treatment.  

More than a dozen burn patients have been treated at EIRMC since the program opened earlier this month.