Saint Alphonsus to demolish Mercy building

Saint Alphonus has announced plans to demolish the old hospital on 12th Avenue Road in Nampa, formerly Mercy Medical Center, seen here in May of 2017. The building was vacated after Saint Al's opened a new hospital near the Garrity interchange in the summer of 2017.

NAMPA — After being vacant for nearly two years, the Saint Alphonsus hospital along 12th Avenue Road in Nampa will be demolished.

The facility closed after Saint Al’s opened a new Nampa hospital near the Garrity and Interstate 84 interchange in the summer of 2017. Since then, Saint Al’s has negotiated with the state, city of Nampa, Nampa School District and College of Western Idaho to try to donate the 232,000-square-foot building, to no success. Purchase offers were not “economically viable” to Saint Al’s, according to a hospital press release Tuesday.

Finally, the Nampa Hospital Board and Saint Al’s leadership decided the best option would be to demolish the hospital and sell the land. Saint Al’s spokesman Mark Snider said the demolition date has not been determined, but it could be within the next month based on when a contractor is selected and when the city of Nampa issues the necessary permits.

“We know that the now vacant hospital building holds special memories for many,” Nampa Community Hospital Board Chair Lynda Clark said in the press release. “It was our hope that the former Mercy Medical Center could find a new life, but ultimately, no viable plan came forward. After trying for nearly two years to find another use for this building, the time has come to sell the land so a new community asset can take its place.”

The nearly 19-acre site is zoned for residential professional use. The ultimate use for the land is subject to approval by Nampa officials. Saint Al’s officials consulted with Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling and other city leaders in the process to find a use for the vacant building and land.

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“Since no solution was found, we’re in agreement with their decision, which is the highest and best benefit for the hospital system and the citizens of Nampa,” Kling said in the press release.

The 114-bed hospital opened in 1968 as Mercy Medical Center. Trinity Health purchased the hospital in 2010, and it became part of the Saint Alphonsus Health System.

Along with opening a new Garrity hospital, Saint Al’s opened a new community hospital in Nampa, in front of the old Mercy Medical Center building, in the fall of 2017.

Saint Alphonsus Nampa President Travis Leach said in a statement, “While we look back on the many years serving our patients inside the walls of the 12th Ave. hospital, we pay tribute to the great care received and the wonderful memories there that will never be forgotten.”

Erin Bamer is the city of Nampa reporter. Contact her at 208-465-8193, or ebamer@idahopress.com. Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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