$10 Million Grant to Establish Health Sciences Building in Phoenix

$10 Million Grant to Establish Health Sciences Building in Phoenix

The trustees of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust have awarded a $10 million grant to Creighton to support the construction of the building on the Creighton University Health Sciences – Phoenix Campus — a 180,000-square-foot, nearly $100 million campus set to open in the heart of midtown Phoenix in 2021.

The Piper Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona, a mission that perfectly aligns with Creighton’s expansion in Phoenix.

“This investment from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will be transformative as we look forward to 2021 and the opening of the Creighton University Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building,” Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, says.

Creighton’s Phoenix campus will serve nearly 900 health sciences students seeking degrees in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and other health care professions. The campus is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021, with full enrollment by 2025.

Arizona is facing a growing shortage in most health care professions.Creighton’s presence is not only bringing more health care professionals to the state, it’s keeping them there. Overall, 70% of the medical residents Creighton has placed in Arizona over the past decade remain in the state.

“The generous investment by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will bring future Creighton physicians and health care providers to Maricopa County who are educated in the Jesuit tradition of caring for the whole person,” says School of Medicine Dean Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD’81. “With the expansion of the Phoenix campus, Creighton University will become the largest Catholic health sciences educator in the United States.”