Proposed Idaho medical school names chairman, CEO

The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian, or ICOM, has named John Goodnow as chairman of the board and Tracy Farnsworth as president and CEO.

Goodnow has been the CEO of Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Montana, for the past 14 years. Benefis was an early partner of ICOM, agreeing to help grow graduate medical education in the five-state region ICOM will serve.

“John brings immense healthcare knowledge and experience to the ICOM team,” stated Dr. Robert Hasty, chief academic officer and founding dean. “He brings impressive leaderships skills and experience to the board and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber in this role.”

Goodnow graduated from the University of California-Davis and has a master's in health services administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Farnsworth has over 25 years in various health care and higher education leadership roles, most recently as appointed associate dean of the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences at Idaho State University in 2010. He has also served as an appointed executive with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West, City of Hope National Medical Center and other public and private healthcare systems. He has written and spoken widely on subjects related to medical education and healthcare reform.

"I look forward to working alongside Dr. Hasty and Mr. Goodnow as ICOM helps shape the future of medicine in Idaho,” Farnsworth stated. “ICOM will make an important difference for our state and region. This is a terrific opportunity and one I eagerly welcome."

Farnsworth is a graduate of Brigham Young University and received graduate degrees from Arizona State University (MHSA/MBA), and ISU (EdD).

About the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine at Idaho State University's Meridian campus will be a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated. As part of the collaboration and affiliation agreement with ISU, the medical college has agreed to a long-term land lease for its facility at ISU’s Meridian Health Science Center.

The college is applying for accreditation and cannot solicit nor accept applications for students until provisional accreditation is achieved.