St. Luke's Wood River History
Until the year 2000, the Wood River Valley had two small hospitals serving a county of just 20,000 people – a population that can barely support one hospital, much less two. This was an inefficient and costly duplication of healthcare services for a population that was too small to support two hospitals
In 1994, it was decided that health care in the valley would best be served by a new hospital operated as a private, not-for-profit organization. St. Luke’s in Boise, a top-ranked regional medical center, was invited to participate in creating a new hospital facility that would be owned and operated by St. Luke’s.
A county-wide campaign surpassed all expectations by raising more than $20 million in 20 months to help fund the cost of constructing and equipping the new hospital. By November of 2000, the new $35.5 million, 110,000 square-foot St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center was a reality. Twenty million dollars in community donations and a $15.5 million contribution from St. Luke’s funded the cost of constructing and equipping the new hospital. A $6 million transfer of assets from the existing two hospital facilities provided startup working capital. No debt financing or taxpayer assistance was used. In November 2000, St. Luke's Wood River opened its doors to serve the health care needs of people in the greater Blaine County area.