St. Luke’s Health System

City: Boise State: ID

The roots of St. Luke’s Health System go back to December 1, 1902, when the first hospital opened in a converted Boise home. The hospital was founded by Bishop James B. Funsten, who was acting on an immediate need to provide care to retired Episcopal Church workers, but St. Luke’s quickly started accepting other patients, thereby becoming a vital source of care all for members of the community.

Today, more than a century later, St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest, locally-controlled health care system. With six hospitals, more than 100 clinics and 10,000 employees, St. Luke’s is uniquely positioned to deliver the highest level of care across southwest and central Idaho.

Throughout its history, St. Luke’s has never lost sight of its commitment to the community to serve everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and to deliver on its mission “To improve the health of people in our region.”

St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center is the health system’s largest hospital and is home to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Idaho’s only children’s hospital; and St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI), which has been delivering cutting-edge cancer care since 1969. Together with St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center, St. Luke’s provides a broad spectrum of services to residents of Boise and the Treasure Valley.

In addition to children’s health and cancer care, St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian medical centers deliver more babies than any other hospital in Idaho. St. Luke’s pioneered heart care in Idaho, performing the state’s first open heart surgery in 1968. In 2011, St. Luke’s was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 50 hospitals for heart and vascular care by Thomson Reuters.

St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian medical centers are also the region's only Magnet-recognized hospitals for nursing care. In January 2012, St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian medical centers received the 2012 HealthGrades award for Clinical Excellence, which puts St. Luke’s in the top 5 percent nationwide for clinical excellence.

St. Luke’s remains committed to providing the highest level of care in region. In the next decade, St. Luke’s intends to invest more than $1 billion in new facilities and services. To find out more about St. Luke’s Health System, visit

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