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Nampa development stakeholders announce partnership for future industrial park 

Adler Industrial hopes to help industrial property users grow their businesses in the years ahead. Photo by Liz Harbauer

The Nampa Development Corporation (NDC) announced a partnership Sept. 21 for the development of a 194-acre industrial park in north Nampa that is owned and will be developed by Adler Industrial LLC. Adler intends to complete utility extensions for water, sewer and roadway improvements within the project area to facilitate and encourage future development and opportunities for job growth, the announcement stated. This partnership between the Nampa Development Corporation and Adler Industrial will allow for the formation of manufacturing firms, distribution, and food processing and creates a large shovel ready industrial park ideally situated near transportation corridors and the Union Pacific Railroad. NDC will invest $10 million in the project area for infrastructure. Adler will construct the infrastructure and begin development of the Adler Midland Industrial Park over the next years.  

State directs more aid to health care facilities combating COVID-19 challenges  

Gov. Brad Little has announced direction of an additional $10 million in relief dollars to address the growing needs in Idaho hospitals, primary and urgent care clinics and skilled nursing facilities due to the recent surge in COVID-19 patients needing care:  

  • New funds to establish three new monoclonal antibody treatment facilities across Idaho 
  • National Guard mobilization, with deployment in northern Idaho, and contracting with the federal government for up to 370 additional personnel to assist hospitals. 
  • $7 million to hospitals to help relieve staffing shortages 
  • $4.5 million for primary care and urgent care entities  
  • $8.5 million to preserve hospital capacity by increasing discharges from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities for COVID-19 positive patients 
  • Temporary licensing fees waived again for retired or inactive nurses 
  • $30 million toward expanded COVID-19 testing in Idaho K-12 schools 
The new Saltzer Health 24/7 clinic on the ground floor of the Saltzer Building at Ten Mile Crossing.

The new Saltzer Health 24/7 clinic on the ground floor of the Saltzer Building at Ten Mile Crossing. Photo courtesy of Saltzer Health/Intermountain Healthcare

Saltzer Health parent company announces merger with SCL Health 

Intermountain Healthcare, which owns Saltzer Health in the Treasure Valley, and SCL Health, two leading nonprofit health care organizations, have signed a Letter of Intent to merge. Upon completion of the merger, the combined system will employ more than 58,000 caregivers and operate 33 hospitals, according to the announcement, and it will run 385 clinics across six states. Health insurance is expected to be provided to about one million people. Intermountain and SCL Health currently provide services in adjacent areas with no geographic overlap. Intermountain brings a successful model of value-based care and population health expertise, a robust digital health platform, and an extensive telehealth network. SCL Health brings expertise in operating an integrated healthcare organization across multiple states, with proven success in competitive markets. The merged health system will be headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a regional office in Broomfield, Colorado. Dr. Marc Harrison of Intermountain will serve as the president and CEO of the merged organization. Lydia Jumonville of SCL Health will remain in her current role during a two-year integration and serve as a board member on a new combined board to ensure the integration of the two systems. The newly integrated board of trustees and leadership team will be selected from both systems, according to the announcement. Under the Letter of Intent, while the organization will be named Intermountain Healthcare, SCL Health’s Catholic hospitals will retain their distinctive Catholic names and continue to operate according to existing practices. In addition to seven Catholic hospitals, SCL Health operates one secular hospital in Colorado. The intention is that a definitive agreement will be finalized and signed by the end of 2021. The merger of the two companies is expected to close in early 2022, pending all approvals. 

McCall to light Art Roberts Park tree to honor frontline workers 

The City of McCall intends to light its official tree in Art Roberts Park 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 to honor all frontline workers during the pandemic. When the tree lights are illuminated, it will shine a light on all dedicated first responders, health care professionals and volunteers who have been integral in keeping families safe, city officials stated in a recent announcement. Attendees are encouraged to mask at the event and stay home if sick. This public event will be streamed on the city’s Facebook page. All frontline workers are encouraged to attend to watch the lights go live. For more information, visit McCall.id.us/shine. 

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