Idaho long-term care hospital to close, lay off 135 employees

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Boise-based Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital will close in February, causing a total of 135 employees to lose their jobs, according to the BoiseDev.

However, the shuttered long-term care hospital, owned by Albuquerque, N.M.-based Ernest Health, will not remain empty for long. Vibra Hospital of Boise, another long-term acute care facility, will leave its current location and transfer to the shuttered SIACH complex.

Vibra Healthcare and Ernest Health announced plans Jan. 5 to consolidate their long-term acute care operations to provide enough beds to meet the Boise area's long-term care demand.

"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 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." 

Becker's Hospital Review reached out to Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital for comment. This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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