Lease outlines ISU partnership with Meridian medical school

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho State Board of Education has approved a 40-year lease for the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The college will be located at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center.

The lease agreement stipulates ISU and the College will remain separate and independent entities.  There will be a private and public collaboration that is "intended to both facilitate and enhance the University's ability to accomplish its health science mission, core themes and strategic plan, and to assist ICOM in accomplishing its mission to establish a private college."

"It is a smart, synergetic partnership with Idaho State University," said ICOM Dean Dr. Robert Hasty. "ICOM's mission aligns with ISU's health science mission and we're looking forward to a long and successful partnership."

"We are pleased with the progress in this partnership and how it is proceeding in its benefit to ISU and the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine," said ISU President Arthur Vailas. "Significant progress is being made that will eventually lead to the enhancement of clinical and academic programs at ISU."

As part of the lease agreement, ICOM students will be permitted to use Idaho State University facilities,including the information technology center, the health center, the library and fitness center.

Pending accreditation, ICOM plans to break ground on its Meridian property in February, 2017.