In a post card sent to thousands of Boise residents over the weekend, the giant St. Luke’s medical facility in Boise threatened to “migrate” various services if the Boise City Council fails to follow its wishes and close a portion of East Jefferson St.
The mailed SL_Flyer_L threatened to “migrate over time” the cancer center, heart facilities, and a children’s hospital to Meridian.
Our first thought was. “FINALLY! The 800 pound gorilla will go away.” Since The hospital is one of the largest consumers of Boise Fire Dept. services and pays no property taxes, citizens could get at least a small break.
What better place than Meridian for additional medical facilities since it is without question the center of population for the treasure valley? St. Luke’s staffers–many of whom live in Meridian, Nampa, Eagle, and Caldwell–would have shorter commute times.
Also, folks who still choose to spend their medical insurance dollars to keep some of those million-dollar-a-year administrators and docs on the golf course and behind the wheel of fine European cars wouldn’t have to navigate the heavy traffic through downtown Boise from their West Boise and Bench homes.
The corporation has been the subject of numerous anti-trust lawsuits, racking up $10,000,000 in legal fees alone. The latest “takeover attempt” involves running a tax-funded public hospital in Weiser. The Idaho Attorney General has warned the medical giant such a move is illegal in Idaho.
One GUARDIAN reader characterized St. Luke’s as “a rapacious tax-evading corporate conglomerate using their “non-profit” profits to metastasize their empire.” He may have been the ghost of Spiro Agnew.
A public hearing is set for April 7 with a second session April 14 at Boise City Hall.
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