TWIN FALLS — St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center could break ground on a medical office building as early as next week.

The hospital plans to construct a nearly 58,000 square-foot, two-story building on its hospital campus, west of the outpatient surgery center. The $27.2 million project is expected to take about a year.

Hospital administration say the new offices will allow for expansion of outpatient services and open up room for growth inside the main building.

“This has been part of our long-term planning as we have been looking at population growth and the health care needs of the community,” said Debbi Kytle, administrator of physician services and population health for St. Luke’s east region.

The offices will host internal medicine, endocrinology and diabetes management, otolaryngology, rehabilitation services, occupational health and outpatient imaging services. Space in the internal medicine area will be designated for behavioral health and care managers.

“The environment will really be very specific to outpatients,” Kytle said.

Fifteen existing providers will move over to the building when it opens, scheduled for February 2018. Nine more providers are being recruited, with room for four more in the future.

St. Luke’s Magic Valley typically hires 20 to 25 new providers — physicians, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants — per year.

“We already recruited so far for this year 15 new providers,” Kyle said.

The hospital’s plans for the medical offices have been approved, and Twin Falls Building Official Jarrod Bordi said the plans are being processed for a building permit.

“They are right on task,” Twin Falls Zoning and Development Manager Renee Carraway-Johnson said. “It is something I believe the city of Twin Falls supports and we’re helping them as much as we can.”

Approximately 25 subcontractors will work on the project. During construction, St. Luke’s Drive or the roadway to the emergency department from St. Luke’s Drive may be reduced to one lane of traffic. St. Luke’s plans to have flaggers in place.

Additionally, the hospital has let neighbors know that its walking path will have partial closures and detours around the construction area.

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