If passed, Transformation would undertake eight projects at Lincoln University and St. Mary's Health Center, many of which are largely intertwined. As the hospital prepares to move to its new location on Highway 179 by 2015, Transformation hopes to use much of the old property for a Lincoln University annex, featuring new programs and schools to attract more students to the area.
It also would create collaboration and innovation centers within the hospital site to support research and development between several colleges and universities, as well as some work on the building itself for a new atrium.
What would it do? It would create a health center for health care practitioners to serve the community and provide a place where residents and nursing students can perform research. It also would fund a new Children's Discovery Zone for families, youth and teenagers that would feature permanent and rotating exhibits for children to learn more about health care and health issues.
What would it cost? $890,000
What would it do? It would create a center for Lincoln University to offer a four-year baccalaureate degree in the culinary arts, which also would include general education and management courses. It would make Lincoln University one of the few four-year culinary arts programs in the nation and the only one that is publicly funded.
What would it cost? $1.32 million
What would it do? It would establish a research center to expand the research capabilities in alternative energy, biomedical research, and behavioral health and studies, as well as establish a health informatics center to begin a master's degree program in computer and information science with an emphasis in health informatics.
What would it cost? $660,000
What would it do? It would relocate and expand the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Center to the hospital site, which would provide students with a unique learning experience given the hospital's existing facilities. The expanded program would include the associate's degree in applied science nursing program, the bachelor's degree in nursing completion program and the surgical technology program.
What would it cost? $1.745 million
What would it do? It would name the Lincoln University district "The Linc," aimed at defining an area of development in the city with a university feel to help attract young professionals and entrepreneurs. It would install signage around the area identifying it as "The Linc."
What would it cost? $20,000
What would it do? It would further develop the St. Mary's site to encourage long-term economic development through construction of an atrium on the first floor and building out the spine of the building for better circulation throughout the site.
What would it cost? $950,000
What would it do? It would create an Innovation Center to aid potential small business growth and be a resource to recruit entrepreneurs to the area. It also would serve as a location for higher education collaboration, though the majority of that would take place in a different collaboration center (see below).
What would it cost? $1.708 million
What would it do? It would create a center for different higher education institutions to work together on different areas of research. The initial proposal identified Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College as the two initial institutions involved with an expectation of adding University of Missouri in the future. Though the areas of collaboration could expand in the future, the first areas identified would be health informatics and energy, including renewable energy sources.
What would it cost? $610,000