Idaho Hospital Vandalized With Spray-Painted Swastikas

Three outdoor signs at St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center in Boise were vandalized late Saturday or early Sunday morning, hospital officials said.
Police are investigating after a central Idaho hospital was vandalized with spray-painted swastikas.
Police are investigating after a central Idaho hospital was vandalized with spray-painted swastikas.
Courtesy of St. Luke's McCall Medical Center

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police are investigating after a central Idaho hospital was vandalized with spray-painted swastikas.

Three outdoor signs at St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center were vandalized late Saturday or early Sunday morning, hospital officials said.

“It is very troubling, to say the least, to have such a hateful act occur on our campus,” said hospital spokeswoman Laura Crawford.

Crawford said the hospital’s security team is working with local police and an active investigation is underway.

“This act is incredibly troubling,” said Amber Green, St. Luke’s McCall chief operating officer and chief nursing officer, in a prepared statement. “We know that this hateful act does not reflect the community where we live and serve. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement so whomever is responsible is held accountable.”

McCall Police Chief Justin Williams said vandalism like this is rare for the region, but there is currently no indication that the graffiti was part of a hate crime targeting any specific person or that it is related to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said the case remains under investigation, and people with information are encouraged to contact the police department.