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Boise: Health Care

The Boise medical community offers 6 hospitals, 750 licensed physicians, and more than 1,200 hospital beds. The major hospitals in Boise are Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, an acute-care facility featuring a regional trauma center; and Saint Luke's Regional Medical Center. St Luke's was the recipient of the Consumer Chose Award for excellence, designating it as Idaho's preferred hospital; the hospital provides general treatment, specialty care, and surgical services, as well as neonatal and pediatric intensive care. The newest facility is the 29 million dollar Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital (opened in 2001), which specializes in rehabilitation services in the areas of audiology, brain injury, cardio-pulmonary, orthopedics, pediatrics and stroke/neurology. The Veterans Administration Medical Center, a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine, offers general care, and outpatient, mental health, and substance abuse clinics. Also located in Boise are Treasure Valley Hospital for patients needing surgery, Mountain States Tumor Institute, and 11 nursing homes.