Boise hospital to close, lay off employees

Courtesy Ernest Health

Courtesy Ernest Health

The Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital on Franklin Rd. in Boise is closing this winter, according to a filing with the Idaho Department of Labor.

Ernest Healthcare LLC told the State it would close the hospital and lay off 135 employees in coming months. The filing was made under provisions of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act, which requires employers cutting more than 100 employees to give 60 days notice of the closure.  The WARN filing for the Boise hospital was made January 3rd.

The Boise location will not remain empty long, as Vibra Hospital of Boise will leave its current location on Bonita Way in Meridian to move to the Franklin Rd. complex.  The Vibra hospital will decrease from 60 beds to 40 as part of the move.

Both the Franklin Rd. and Bonita Way hospitals currently serve as long-term acute facilities - a place for patients to go who need long-term care from injury or illness and are discharged from larger hospital facilities like St. Luke's or Saint Alphonsus.

"We are constantly evaluating our portfolio to look for ways to more efficiently provide services in our communities," Vibra Divisional President Sean McCarthy said in a prepared statement.  "This consolidation of services gives us the right number of beds to meet the needs of patients in the Treasure Valley and throughout the state of Idaho." 

Ernest Health officials did not immediately return a request for further comment.

The 125 job cuts are the most for a Boise-area employer since Motive Power laid off more than 200 people in early 2016, according to filings with the Idaho Department of Labor.