History of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center


History of Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center

  1. 1986

    EIRMC opens on Dec. 22, and staff moves patients and equipment from Parkview and Riverview Hospitals into the new facility.

  2. 1988

    Open heart surgery program begins.

  3. 1989

    EIRMC buys Mountain River Hospital, which becomes the Behavioral Health Center (BHC).


    EIRMC completes a $300,000 remodel of its emergency room, adding 11,600 square feet, four new beds and an enlarged lobby and nurses’ station.

  4. 1990

    EIRMC begins air service with a fixed-wing airplane to deliver critically ill patients to hospitals more than 100 miles away and a helicopter to respond to accidents.

  5. 1994

    Free standing Imaging Center for mammograms, ultrasounds and lab services opens.


    EIRMC opens a $21 million Women’s Services Center.

  6. 1999

    EIRMC announces plans for a $42 million expansion to increase the hospital’s size by 20%, with a complete renovation of the ER, ICU, Heart Center, laboratory, pharmacy and medical imaging areas.

  7. 2000

    EIRMC opens a new outpatient physical therapy clinic nearby. The $850,000 project created more room for treatment, equipment, exercise as well as privacy.

  8. 2001

    EIRMC opens its $6 million free standing Cancer Center complete with IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy).


    EIRMC installs Idaho’s first Pharmacy Robot to eliminate filling errors with medications.


    EIRMC BHC opens the Daybreak program for adults with severe depression.

  9. 2002

    EIRMC adds low-dose rate brachytherapy (prostate seed implants) to cancer treatments available at EIRMC Cancer Center.

  10. 2003

    EIRMC’s BHC introduces new Adolescent Acute Care Inpatient Program for teens in need of comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment, or having psychiatric emergencies such as suicide attempts.


    EIRMC Heart Center completes 20,000th cardiac catheterization.


    EIRMC Heart Center performs Idaho’s first repair of a heart hole by deploying a “patch” non-surgically in the Cath Lab.


    EIRMC named as Idaho’s only winner of America’s “Top 100 Hospitals” recognition by Solucient.

  11. 2005

    EIRMC debuts “New U”, a comprehensive program for surgical weight loss.


    EIRMC’s Intensive Care Unit is one of only 10 in the nation to receive the Beacon Award for Excellence in Critical Care Services by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).


    EIRMC opens Idaho’s first multi-person chamber for Hypberbaric Oxygen Therapy, along with its newly remodeled Wound Care Center and therapy facility.


    EIRMC’s respiratory therapy services becomes one of two programs in Idaho to receive the national award for Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) award from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).


    EIRMC installs a $2.5 million technology upgrade in both cath labs in EIRMC Heart Center.

  12. 2006

    EIRMC offers advanced Maternal-Neonatal transport capabilities to serve rural areas.

  13. 2007

    EIRMC achieves verification by American College of Surgeons Commission on Trauma as a Level II Trauma Center, only 3 in the state.


    EIRMC upgrades NICU to level III with $2 million investment in equipment upgrades and hiring of a Board-certified neonatologist; enables facility to care for tiny, fragile babies as young as 22 weeks’ gestation.

  14. 2009

    Air Idaho Rescue celebrates the arrival of a new fixed wing aircraft, which was retrofitted to become “a fully functional ICU in the air.”


    EIRMC receives the prestigious Energy Star Award by the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to conserve energy and decrease carbon dioxide emissions.

  15. 2011

    $20 million renovation to the Women & Infants Center and NICU debuts.


    EIRMC implemented standardized color-coded scrubs so that patients and family members can better identify the various personnel providing their care.

  16. 2013

    Pediatric Intensive Care Unit opens, offering critical care services for the first time to kids in Southeast Idaho.


    Wellness Center opens giving a holistic approach to healthcare.

  17. 2014

    The Cancer Center installs the state's only TrueBeam Linear Accelerator.

  18. 2015

    EIRMC becomes a Breast Milk Donation Center for women to donate unused breast milk to provide vital nutrition to NICU babies.


    EIRMC becomes the only cancer center in the region to offer High Dose Rate Brachytherapy.


    The Electrophysiology Lab opens at EIRMC, the only one in the region.


    EIRMC performs the only minimially-invasive valve repair and repalcment surgeries in the region.

  19. 2016

    The Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic opens.


    3D Mammography technology debuts at the Imaging Center.

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