It's never an easy thing to hear of troubles in our community. Boise is such a tight-knit town and one that values neighborly love, which is part of what drove our family to move back here. Although there has been a lot of growth in Boise in the past few years, I was recently saddened to hear that a local business will be closing its doors this winter.

According to Boise Dev (, Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital on Franklin Road will be closing in the coming months, laying off 135 employees. The owner of the hospital, Ernest Healthcare LLC, filed the intention to close with the State of Idaho under the WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) act on January 3rd. The WARN act requires employers who are laying off over 100 workers to give them a 60 day notice of closure.

The Advanced Care location will not remain empty for long, however, as Vibra Hospital - another long-term acute care provider plans to relocate to the Franklin Road facility. Vibra is currently located on Bonita Way in Meridian.

According to the Idaho Department of Labor, the 135 layoffs are the most for any Boise-area employer since Motive Power cut 200 jobs in 2016. As this season progresses, my heart is with all of those facing job loss due to the hospital's closure.