Meridian Press - Medical school dedicates auditorium to Gov. Otter

Idaho’s first medical school the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM, unveiled its 250-seat, “Governor C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter Auditorium” to the governor at on Nov. 5.

“ICOM would not exist without the vision, leadership, and support of Gov. Otter,” said Tracy Farnsworth, founding president of ICOM, in a release from ICOM. “He clearly understood that a bold public-private partnership with Idaho State University was needed to create Idaho’s first school of medicine. His leadership in this regard will bless Idahoans for generations.”

Otter, whose support was fundamental in establishing ICOM, also approved a $3.85 million tax reimbursement incentive for the school, which ICOM leaders directed to the ICOM Scholarship Fund, the release said.

“ICOM has been incredibly blessed with Gov. Otter’s leadership,” said Robert Hasty, founding dean of ICOM, in the release. “Idaho currently ranks 49th in the nation for physicians per capita. The difference ICOM will make will improve healthcare in the Gem State for decades to come. ICOM will be known as the crowning achievement and long-lasting legacy of Gov. Otter.”