POCATELLO — Ten years to the month after the grand opening of the Portneuf Medical Center main hospital, ground was broken at the development site of a new Portneuf medical plaza.
PMC CEO Jordan Hergert says the 20,000-square-foot building at Northgate will offer primary care, urgent care and occupational medicine.
“It’d been an amazing decade,” Herget tells EastIdahoNews.com. “Now to have this building going in, it’s a new decade and a new opportunity.”
Herget added that the expansion was necessary, and that the location was vital.
Located at the intersection of Olympus Drive and East Chubbuck Road, the facility will offer services to the whole of North Bannock County. That was the commitment the Portneuf Health Trust made nearly three years ago when planning began for this development, according to the trust’s CEO Shaun Menchaca.
“We really thought of this as a campus for everyone,” he said in an address. “That investment was for the future outpatient campus in this community.”
Despite years of planning, the development of the site was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new medical plaza is not expected to be completed until late summer or fall of 2022. And it can’t come soon enough for Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England.
“Any time we get an additional health care facility — to have Portneuf Medical Center right here — I mean, we’re right across the road — it’s just a fantastic thing,” England says.