BLACKFOOT, Idaho – April 20, 2017 – Bingham Memorial Hospital (BMH) in Blackfoot, ID, with Lost Rivers Medical Center (LRMC) in Arco, ID, announced today a partnership aimed to increase access to high quality surgical services to the residents of rural Butte County and Custer County, ID. Through this collaboration, the two hospitals are building a new, state-of-the-art surgical suite at LRMC, a Critical Access Hospital.

Open to the public, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, April 26 at 4 pm at Lost Rivers Medical Center: 551 Highland Dr., Arco, ID 83213. LRMC and BMH plan to have this new surgical facility operational by the summer of 2018.

“Today’s announcement is an exciting step in the continuation of our journey to provide advanced healthcare services to the communities that we serve,” says Brad Huerta, chief executive office at LRMC. “We greatly value our collaboration with BMH and look forward to expanding access to high quality, affordable care to the Lost Rivers Valley and beyond.”

Working together, LRMC will be able to provide the residents of rural Butte and South Custer County and the surrounding area with access to world-class surgical services including general, orthopedic, and gastrointestinal surgeries. Both hospitals share this vision to provide outstanding healthcare services to rural Idahoans.

“Delivery of rural health care services comes with unique challenges,” explains Jeff Daniels, chief executive officer at BMH. “Rural residents have greater transportation difficulties reaching health care providers, often traveling great distances to reach a doctor or hospital. At Bingham Memorial, we believe our delivery model for rural health has been uniquely successful and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to partner in this way with our sister Critical Access Hospital at LRMC.”

About Lost Rivers Medical Center

Lost Rivers Medical Center provides high-quality, compassionate primary and preventative Health Care and Emergency services to meet the needs of the Lost River Valleys and surrounding communities.

Lost Rivers Medical Center was originally established in 1958 as an association. It was operated by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who operated the facility until 1975 under the auspices of Butte County. Currently, Lost Rivers Medical Center operates as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), the designation of which was established by law under the Medicare program.

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About Bingham Memorial Hospital

Bingham Memorial Hospital is a 501(c)3 non-profit critical access hospital located in Blackfoot, Idaho. Bingham Memorial Hospital is committed to the pursuit of excellence in our endeavor to provide a continuum of quality, compassionate, healthcare services for residents and visitors to east Idaho, in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. They have healthcare facilities in Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Shelley, and Soda Springs, Idaho.

For more information, visit or call (208) 785-4100.

Media Contact:

Lost Rivers Medical Center
Shelley Rupp
Chief Operating Officer
551 Highland Drive
Arco, ID 83213

Bingham Memorial Hospital
Mark Baker
Director of Public Relations & Marketing
98 Poplar Street
Blackfoot, ID 83221
Cell: 208.534.8906 | Office: 208.785.3858

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