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Appealing the Court Decision “…health care must change”

Friday, March 7th, 2014

St. Luke’s and Saltzer Medical Group will file a request for a stay pending appeal of the judge’s order to unwind the existing relationship between the two organizations.

This action, which was endorsed by the community-led board of directors for St. Luke’s Health System and the physician leadership of Saltzer Medical Group, allows the organizations to both pursue an appeal and explore a future relationship that is acceptable to the court.

The request for a stay pending appeal allows Saltzer Medical Group and St. Luke’s time to effectively look for ways to improve healthcare delivery without disrupting the Saltzer clinics and their patients.

Our request for a stay pending appeal recognizes, as the court has, that this case presents issues of both exceptional importance and substantial difficulty. All of us involved in this matter have appreciated the candid input and sage counsel we have received and we’re confident this is the right path forward for us and for the patients we serve.

Dr. John Kaiser, president of Saltzer Medical Group and a practicing ob/gyn physician, has been an eloquent and passionate voice in support of Saltzer’s patients throughout the process.

During the fall trial, Dr. Kaiser spoke of the value the relationship with St. Luke’s was bringing to the group’s patients, noting such benefits as improved ability to recruit needed clinicians, improved nursing and patient safety protocols, access to data analytics, and a variety of new services for patients. In the near future, it would have included a significantly more robust electronic health records system.

Because of the relationship, Dr. Kaiser said in court, the group was able to take care of patients it could not previously afford to treat.

The Saltzer’s group’s commitment to its patients and the residents of Canyon County is a commitment shared by our St. Luke’s board of community leaders.

“St. Luke’s is the partner we chose and St. Luke’s is still the partner we want to work with,” Dr. Kaiser said. “They have shown through this process that they are committed to the same ideals and values as we are.”

For St. Luke’s, relationships are important; that’s what our history, spanning more than 100 years, is based on. We will stand by our commitment to Saltzer Medical Group and the residents of Canyon County until we are able to have a positive resolution to this matter, either prevailing on appeal or identifying an alternative that allows Saltzer to remain healthy and continue to serve patients and the community in a positive way.

Our vision is based on a fundamental belief that health care must change. We remain committed to that vision – health care that ensures better outcomes for patients by rewarding providers for improving health and wellness and not just for treating illness.

We will continue to find constructive ways to inspire those positive changes. We owe it to the people of this region.

David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke’s Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

Food Drive

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

St. Luke’s and Saltzer are teaming up for a food drive to benefit the Idaho Food Bank

Monday, November 11 – Wednesday, November 27

Please drop your donations at one of these locations:

• 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa
• 9850 W. St. Luke’s Drive, Nampa
• 824 Diamond St., Nampa
• 3165 E. Greenhurst Rd., Nampa
• 3277 E. Louise Drive, 2nd Floor, Meridian

St. Luke’s letter to the community

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Dr. Pate, President and CEO of St. Luke's Healthcare System

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Click to hear was Dr. Pate has to say about today”s court ruling.

Dr. Chenore supports the partnership with St. Luke’s

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

I’m Dr. Mike Chenore. I joined Saltzer Medical Group in 1978 and I’m one of only a few physicians left that had the privilege of working with our founding physician Dr. Joseph Saltzer. The practice and delivery of medicine has changed considerably over the years but never at a faster rate than recently. I support the partnership with St. Luke’s, it will be the best way to ensure the same high quality healthcare our patients have come to expect from Saltzer Medical Group.

Dr. Davidson Supports the Saltzer Partnership with St. Luke’s Health Systems

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

I am Dr. Elaine Davidson: I have been with Saltzer Medical Group for a total of 15 yrs. As health care changes and evolves, we must do so also. Our goal at Saltzer has always been to provide the highest quality of healthcare with an integrated team. I am proud to be part of an organization that has proactively sought a like-minded partner. Partnering with St. Luke’s will help us achieve this goal, providing our patients with easy access to a greater range of resources, further increasing the quality of care that we are able to provide.

Saltzer Physicians Support Partnership with the St. Luke’s Health System

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I am Dr. Tom Patterson, I have been a part of the Saltzer family for 14 years and I support the partnership with St. Luke’s. Saltzer is fortunate to have found an organization that shares our vision of providing seamless, integrated healthcare as well as a common culture where the patient comes first. Saltzer and l will still be here, providing care for our patients, only with easier access to key resources that will allow us to provide the best quality care possible. If you have any questions regarding the partnership between Saltzer and the St. Luke’s Health System call 463-3067.

Letter to our Patients

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

To our valued patients:

There has been a lot in the news recently regarding the future partnership between Saltzer Medical Group and St. Luke’s Health System.

We value you as our patient and your needs guide all our decisions.

We would like to clarify a few important points. Saltzer Medical Group will continue to exist and your doctors will be here providing the quality care you have come to expect. Regardless of our hospital affiliation, you will always have the choice of where you and your family will receive your care. Finally you have chosen Saltzer for your care and that is a responsibility we do not take for granted.

Healthcare is evolving and it is necessary to change if we are to continue providing you with the absolute highest quality healthcare you have come to expect from your physicians. After seeking patient input and exploring a wide variety of options, including both major hospitals in the valley, we decided that St. Luke’s aligns most closely with our vision for the future of healthcare in the valley.

During our negotiations with St. Luke’s the desire and need to continue to provide support for the local Nampa hospital now owned by Saint Alphonsus was discussed. St. Luke’s supported the need to provide care for our patients no matter which hospital they chose. All of our physicians, including our pediatricians who currently have privileges at Saint Alphonsus Nampa will continue to practice at that location.

We value you as a patient and look forward to caring for you and your family for many years to come.

If you have any questions regarding the partnership between Saltzer and the St. Luke’s Health System please call 463-3067.


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Please Join Us As We Celebrate!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Please join us for the Grand Opening of our newest location.

9850 W. St. Luke’s Drive, Nampa (Behind Costco)

Saturday, June 30th, 2012
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tours, Refreshments

While you’re here also tour St. Luke’s newest Emergency Department at the same location, scheduled to open Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Open House at new Portico Location

Monday, October 19th, 2009


Wednesday October 28, 2009, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM

3277 E. Louise Drive, Suite 200, Meridian
(Next to St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center)

Please stop by and check out our newest location, enjoy great food and enter to win exciting giveaways.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact
Janet Miller at 463-3067

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