March 20-21, 2003


ITEM 118-1501-R0303������������� Authorization to Finish Two Rooms in the Chemistry/

Biology Building to Accommodate the Interim Home of the National Center for Health Care Informatics; Montana Tech of The University of Montana


THAT:������������������������������������ The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Montana Tech of The University of Montana to finish two rooms (approximately 1,700 square feet) in its Chemistry/Biology Building to accommodate the interim home of the National Center for Health Care Informatics.� This request is to approve spending authority of $188,255 for architectural and construction costs.


EXPLANATION:���������������������� Montana Tech and St. James Healthcare have worked together to create a new BS and AAS degree in Health Care Informatics at Montana Tech.� That program started during Fall Semester 2002.


St. James has also taken the lead on a federal grant request to create the National Center for Health Care Informatics that will eventually be built on the property of St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana.� In September 2002, a $400,000 federal grant was received to construct the interim site for the National Center for Health Care Informatics at Montana Tech.��


Montana Tech has identified two rooms in its Chemistry/ Biology Building that could be used for the interim center.� Because of a lack of funding, these rooms were left unfinished when renovation of the facility was completed in 1999.� The grant funds would be used to complete and equip one room into a 24-seat multi-media classroom for use by the students in the Health Care Informatics curriculum.� The second room would be finished and equipped to accommodate offices and storage space.� All construction would conform to the construction standards established during the renovation completed in 1999.�


The entire project will be financed by non-State funds and will result in no new programs.


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