Saint Alphonsus Nampa opens new building

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Saint Alphonsus Nampa opens new building

By Jake Melder. CREATED Jan 4, 2014

The Nampa branch of Saint Alphonsus opened its newest addition today, a building dedicated to maternity care and heart health.

Dozens of people showed up to the open house and ribbon cutting of the new building. The excitement was tangible as it is the only facility in Canyon County that can provide some critical services.

The new $30 million hospital building promises to save countless heart attack victims and provide maternity care to thousands of residents in Canyon County.

The building is split into two levels. The top floor is the maternity wing, with two operating rooms, eight delivery rooms and twelve post-partum rooms for recovery. The hospital spared no expense making these rooms comfortable.

"Our beds are heated,” said Karl Keeler, CEO of the Nampa Saint Alphonsus. “They also have a wave and massage function as part of it. They go up and down. Everything we have done within the rooms is to support the healing environment."

New mothers are treated to the lap of luxury in the new post-partum rooms. They can control just about everything using a bedside remote, from the TV to the window shades. When it comes time to relax, nothing is better than a hot bath - especially when it's in a Jacuzzi.

That's right. A full-blown, state of the art Jacuzzi is in the rooms. When the stress of childbirth is washed away, mom and dad can have a celebratory dinner in the room, complete with sparkling apple cider.

Downstairs, the hospital features hi-tech machines that help patients suffering from heart problems.

"[The catheter machine] helps doctors diagnose plaque or hardening of the arteries build-up,” said Peter Batchelor, Director of Diagnostic Imaging and Cardio Services. “It tells them if the arteries are clear or not and if they need to go in and do balloon angioplasty to clear the arteries and or stint the arteries."

Plus, it drastically reduces the time it takes for doctors to stop a heart attack.

"The quicker you get your heart open the quicker you get blood flowing to the rest of your body and specifically to your heart.” Keeler said. “Then the better quality outcome you'll have."
The new building will be able to care for more than 2,500 and thousands of heart attack victims.

To schedule an appointment at the new facility, call (208) 367-DOCS.

For additional information, go to the Saint Alphonsus Nampa website here