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Creighton University, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Announce New School of Medicine Campus in Phoenix

Creighton University, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Announce New School of Medicine Campus in Phoenix

Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix today announced an academic affiliation that will create a Creighton medical school presence in Phoenix.

The Phoenix campus will be formally known as Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, a member of Catholic Healthcare West. The Creighton campus in Phoenix becomes the only Catholic medical school campus located west of Omaha.

The affiliation will expand educational opportunities available to Creighton medical students while allowing the University’s School of Medicine to recruit more students, beginning with the 2010 first-year class. The collaboration is also designed to strengthen the medical reputations of both institutions, promote the sharing of faculty and administrative expertise, create collaborative research opportunities, and enhance medical services for Arizona patients, officials said.

Since 2005, Creighton, a comprehensive Jesuit Catholic university, and St Joseph’s have had an agreement that sends Creighton medical students to Phoenix for one-month rotations.

Under the new affiliation, Creighton will establish a fully operational campus at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center that will offer two full years of clinical training. Creighton will expand its entering medical class from 126 to 152 students, starting in 2010.  All students will train for their first two years in Omaha.  Starting in 2012, 42 third-year students will move to Phoenix for their final two years of training, and 110 third-year students will remain in Omaha. The Phoenix campus will graduate its first students in 2014.

“It is a win-win for everyone,” said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, Creighton University president. “This academic affiliation strengthens both institutions, assures quality health care, and continues our long-term traditions of academic excellence and devotion to service as well as a commitment to Catholic values and traditions. Both Creighton and St. Joseph’s believe it is important that students in the western United States have regional access to a Catholic-based medical education.”

Linda Hunt, service area president for Catholic Healthcare West Arizona, said the newly forged relationship will help address a growing shortage of U.S. physicians nationwide, including the Phoenix area.

“Our new partnership with Creighton will fill a vital need for educational experiences and physician training, and it will provide numerous possibilities regarding collaborative research projects,” she said.

While the Creighton University School of Medicine will become St. Joseph’s primary academic affiliation, St. Joseph’s will continue its affiliations with The University of Arizona College of Medicine and more than 20 other U.S. medical schools. Creighton will also continue to have numerous clinical rotations for its medical students in and outside Omaha.



About Creighton University: Creighton University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic institution, was founded in 1878 in Omaha, Neb. We enroll more than 4,000 undergraduate and 2,900 professional school and graduate students in our College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Graduate School, and Schools of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy and Health Professions.

The Creighton University School of Medicine has been teaching tomorrow’s doctors since 1892. In the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – the school is committed to providing excellent patient care and preparing future doctors for the medical challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in patient care, teaching and research. Creighton Medical Associates (CMA) is the academic, multispecialty faculty group supporting the clinical and academic missions of Creighton University School of Medicine. Organized in 1994, CMA has 228 physicians and midlevel providers representing 36 specialties and serving more than 100,000 patients annually in the Omaha metropolitan area and rural outreach clinics in Iowa and Nebraska.

About St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center: Located in the heart of Phoenix, St. Joseph’s is a 738-bed, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services, with special advocacy for the poor and underserved. St. Joseph’s is a nationally recognized center for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. It includes the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Heart & Lung Institute, St. Joseph’s Children’s Health Center, and a Level I Trauma Center. The hospital is also a respected center for maternity care, orthopedics, oncology and many other medical services.

Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph’s was the first hospital in the Phoenix area. The hospital is part of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), one of the largest health care systems in the West with more than 40 hospitals in Arizona, California and Nevada.