Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 | 6:57 p.m.
Clark County commissioners approved a contract Wednesday with a consulting company to analyze the possibility of converting University Medical Center to a teaching hospital.
Commissioners, acting in their role as the board of trustees of the public hospital, approved the $450,000 agreement with FTI Healthcare to study the proposed transition of UMC into a full teaching hospital.
Before approving the contract, commissioners said they would like the Nevada System of Higher Education to contribute more to the contract, possibly through support of the Lincy Foundation.
The university system already has agreed to pay $91,000 for the contract, but commissioners said they hoped to double that amount to have the university system and the county evenly split the cost of the contract.
Commissioners said they also didn’t want to delay potential improvements to the troubled hospital, so they agreed to pay all $359,000 as originally proposed if the university system can't come up with the extra money.
Commissioners also were scheduled to appoint 11 people to a hospital advisory board, but delayed doing so until they meet again in September.