Intermountain Idaho physician group closes; 10 locations affected

Editor's note: This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. Central time April 2. 

Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health's physician group Saltzer Health in Nampa, Idaho, closed March 29.

Saltzer Health comprised 10 locations, a spokesperson for the group confirmed with Becker's

The physician group filed a WARN notice Jan. 22 for its Meridian surgery center indicating 216 layoffs. 

Four of Saltzer Health's facilities have been purchased following the closure.

Boise, Idaho-based Saint Alphonsus Health System purchased two urgent care centers in South Nampa and Meridian, Idaho, and an ASC in Meridian. 

Meridian-based Intermountain Medical Imaging also purchased Saltzer Health Imaging, which is located at Ten Mile Clinic in Meridian, according to an April 1 news release. The imaging center is expected to reopen the week of April 8. Intermountain Medical Imaging is not related to Intermountain Health.

Saint Alphonsus intends to employ all good standing workers from the ambulatory surgery center and is recruiting for the urgent care locations. Intermountain Medical Imaging is offering multiple Saltzer Health imaging center employees positions and hopes to offer additional jobs in the future, the release said. 

Saltzer Health is in talks with other organizations to purchase some of its health services, the spokesperson said in a statement shared with Becker's

Plans to sell or close the group were shared in January. 

Erik Richardson, DO, a family medicine physician at Saltzer Health's South Meridian (Idaho) clinic, told Becker's he received a termination statement from human resources that said his last day was March 29.

"As former physicians of Saltzer Health, we are saddened at the closure of our clinics," Dr. Richardson said. "This is a group that has a long legacy of providing excellent care in the Treasure Valley. We are disappointed that we weren't given an opportunity to work together to find a better solution. We are committed, though, to continue to move forward providing care in the community and giving the same excellent care that our patients have come to expect."

Dr. Richardson said he and a colleague are opening an independent practice April 15. 

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