Meridian Press - ICOM appoints new board chairman

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine has named Chet Burrell at the new board of trustees chairman, the school announced Wednesday.

Burrell has served as a member of the board since 2016. He follows John Goodnow, the founding chair of ICOM, who stepped down as chair and will remain a member of the board.

“Burrell is an outstanding leader, deeply thoughtful on issues related to education and healthcare, and a highly respected voice on many critical matters,” Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, ICOM president, said in a news release. 

Chet Burrell, the father of ICOM’s founder Daniel Burrell, has served for over 40 years as the chairman or CEO of health care companies and organizations in the public, nonprofit and for-profit sectors, the release said. Most recently, Chet Burrell served as president and CEO of CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield — one of the largest health insurer and health benefit services company in the Mid-Atlantic region.

“Our aspiration for ICOM is that it serves the needs of Idaho and the five state Mountain West by helping to educate high quality physicians of the future — particularly in primary care and with a special focus on service in medically underserved areas,” Chet Burrell said in the release. “I am proud to serve along with Dan, John and a dedicated board of trustees, President Farnsworth and a superb faculty in helping to make this dream a reality.”