100 Hospital Drive
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Fax: (208) 727-8889
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Mon.-Thur., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Welcome to St. Luke's Clinic – Urology. We are dedicated to meeting your urological health needs with skill, experience, and a wide range of effective therapies and services.
Other urologic conditions
New Patients / Appointments
We are accepting new patients.
To contact us or to make an appointment please call (208) 727-8888.
After-hours and Weekends
A physician is always available on call. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go directly to St. Luke's Emergency Department. For phone questions, call the clinic at 727-8888 and listen for a message telling you how to reach the doctor on call.
What is Urology?
Urology is the medical specialty dedicated to the treatment of disorders and diseases related to the male and female genital and urinary organs.
These organs include the kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra, prostate, and genitalia. St. Luke's Wood River Urology provides a wide range of diagnostic procedures and therapies for adult and pediatric patients. We are committed to meeting our patients' individual urologic needs whenever possible, locally in the Wood River Valley.
St. Luke's Clinics
St. Luke’s Clinics are an integrated network of highly skilled health care professionals in locations throughout our region.
Cory S. Bates, MD is board certified in urology. He specializes in providing a wide range of urologic care to male and female patients of all ages, from children and teens to adults. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in urology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.
Kara C. Taggart, MD is an experienced urologist, board certified by the American Board of Urology and a member of the American Urological Association. She practices general adult urology, seeing a wide range of patients and treating a full spectrum of urologic diseases. She has a special interest in kidney stones and the endoscopic management of bladder tumors and BPH. Dr. Taggart earned her medical degree in 1996 from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed her internship in general surgery and her residency in urology at National Naval Medical Center. She joined St. Luke's Clinic – Mountain States Urology in 2008, after serving in the Navy as a urologist.
We try to stay on time, as a courtesy to you and others. Since paperwork may take a few minutes, please arrive early. As emergencies do occur, there may be occasions when your appointment time will be delayed. We will always try to keep you informed in the event of a delay, and will be happy to reschedule your appointment, if you prefer. We ask that you respect the appointment time we have reserved for you, and call 24 hours ahead to cancel or change appointments so that others may be helped during that time.
Communication with your provider is extremely important. It may be helpful for you to write down questions for your doctor or nurse practitioner prior to your visit. Bring a list of medications and the dosages, or bring the bottles with you.
Make sure you understand any instructions you are given. If clarification is needed, review your instructions with the provider or medical assistant before you leave. If you aren’t doing well after your visit, we want to hear from you. Our goal is to improve your health.
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare, in-state Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and others.
Talk with your provider at each visit to be sure your prescriptions are up to date. When you need to refill your prescriptions, you can request them directly through your myChart account.
You can also request a refill by contacting your pharmacy. Your pharmacy will then contact our office for verification and approval. For patient safety, narcotics cannot be refilled outside of office hours. Talk with your provider before your prescription runs out, and please allow 48 hours for refills.