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For the week of May 17 through May 23, 2000

St. Luke’s has third building in the works

St. Luke’s plans day-care facility

Express Staff Writer

St. Luke’s officials have disclosed they are working out the details of a plan that could result in the hospital’s constructing a third building on its medical complex site south of Ketchum.

The building would house a day care facility.

Jon Moses, CEO for the new complex, made the announcement two and a half weeks ago during a meeting with the Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission called to consider St. Luke’s application to build a 40,000-square-foot medical office building on the site. Consideration of that application is on the P&Z’s agenda for tomorrow night.

During the earlier meeting, commissioner Cindy Mann told St. Luke’s officials the county needs to have "all the information" from St. Luke’s so that the county could do a better job with land-use planning.

Before the county makes a decision on the proposed office building, Mann asked, "is there anything else?"

St. Luke’s chief architectural planner, Jeff Hull, said there was not anything else.

But Moses said a day care facility "might come up."

During a telephone call Friday, St. Luke’s public relations officer Hilary Furlong confirmed a day care facility that could handle 25 children is in the works.

"We’re actually in the process of studying the feasibility of it," she said. "We think it’s very important for attracting and keeping quality staff."

St. Luke’s plans to open the day care facility in the next one and a half years, Furlong said.

The facility could be built next to the new hospital, she said, or at another location if St. Luke’s decides to share the facility with another major local business.


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