St. Luke's Health System

Idaho’s largest hospital systems predicted they might need to ration health care before the end of 2020, but they haven’t reached that point yet.

Intermountain Healthcare

Hospitals continue to fill up across the Mountain West, and that means some patients may have nowhere to go.

Minidoka Memorial Hospital

Minidoka Memorial is a 17-bed county-owned hospital in Rupert, along the Snake River Plain. Emergency physician Dr. David Wageman took his shift there last week.


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Utah has a number of major medical facilities that often take patients from all over the Mountain West. But the state is nearing a breaking point: too many COVID-19 patients and not enough resources. That crisis in care could have a domino effect around the region.

Larry Pichon called an ambulance to take his wife, Judy, to a hospital in Lake Charles, in southwest Louisiana, on the morning of July 13. He'd had to do this before.

She had a rare autoimmune disease — granulomatosis with polyangiitis, which causes inflammation of blood vessels and can be particularly damaging for the lungs and kidneys. It wasn't uncommon for Judy to make a trip to the emergency room.

"When she got in the ambulance to go was the last time I saw her, and that was around nine o'clock," Larry remembered.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase In Idaho

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Over the last two weeks, 89 people have been hospitalized for the coronavirus. Dr. Joshua Kern, Vice President of Medical Affairs for St. Luke’s said that’s a four to fivefold increase.


Hospitals in the Treasure Valley say they have enough personal protective gear for now, but Tess Goodwin reports on how they’re preparing for a possible shortage.

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As more and more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed around the world and here in Idaho, there is a critical shortage of PPE, or personal protective equipment. Medical professionals are pleading for more supplies as they help people infected with the coronavirus. 

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An Associated Press analysis of data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid shows Idaho has about 2,280 hospital beds statewide, and fewer than half of them are empty and available to take new patients on any given day.

Nearly 40 hospitals in the Mountain West are being penalized for having high rates of infections, patient injuries or other complications from hospital stays. That’s according to data released last week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

St. Luke's

A team of nurses and respiratory therapists based in Boise was recently named the top neonatal and pediatric team in the country by the Association of Air Medical Services. The team focuses on neo-natal and pediatric transport, serving moms and babies around the state. We talk with one of the members of the team to learn more about their work.

St. Luke's PICU

St. Luke’s hospital has just launched Idaho’s first dedicated pediatric trauma program at its Children’s Hospital.


The American Hospital Association has released a new report on the state of rural hospitals across the country. There’s good and bad news about how the Mountain West stacks up.

First, the bad news. When it comes to the number of mental health professionals, our region looks like a black hole.

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Healthcare management has evolved in recent years. From the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the subsequent dilluting thereof to state-by-state Medicaid expansion and the lightning fast technical developments in medicine, it can be difficult to keep up with the trends in healthcare. St. Luke's CEO and president, Dr. David Pate, joins us to parse out the changing face of healthcare.

On The Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 24, 2018

  • St. Luke's CEO and president David Pate discusses the changing face of healthcare.
  • Idaho Public Television airs documentary about Idaho's earliest Chinese citizens.
  • A poll of Idahoans finds a gender gap in support of Trump.
  • A new, regional bike festival replaces the Tour de Fat.

The new owners of an Idaho hospital laid off 6 percent of its staff, including the chief medical officer and some nurses.

The St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston eliminated 62 positions on Thursday, leaving the hospital with 956 employees, the Lewiston Tribune reported. RCCH HealthCare Partners acquired the hospital located near the state's border with Washington in May.