Gift Illustrates Norton Family's Commitment to Health Education, Care in Phoenix

Gift Illustrates Norton Family’s Commitment to Health Education, Care in Phoenix

A $5 million gift from local philanthropist Doris Norton to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Creighton University follows a long-standing family tradition of supporting health care and health sciences education benefiting the Phoenix community.

Norton’s gift designates $3 million to support construction of the new Creighton University Health Sciences – Phoenix Campus, and allocates $2 million in a scholarship endowment for students entering the nursing field.

“I’m delighted to support this expanding partnership between St. Joseph’s and Creighton University,” Norton said. “We’ve always believed St. Joseph’s is the leading hospital in the Valley. Knowing that Creighton mirrors the same commitment to educating outstanding health care professionals makes this the perfect union. We’ve always felt blessed to be able to support St. Joseph’s and the education of those advancing in the health care profession, and I hope others will join us in this effort.”

“This very generous gift will support deserving students who have a passion and desire for nursing, and allow them to fully pursue those dreams and earn a degree from Creighton University,” said Catherine Todero, PhD, BSN’72, vice provost of Health Sciences Campuses and dean of the Creighton College of Nursing. “However, the ultimate beneficiaries are the patients and communities served by our graduates, many of whom will stay in Phoenix and the Southwest.”

Doris and her husband, John, who died in 2016, generously funded campus renovations to support the initial partnership between St. Joseph’s and Creighton’s School of Medicine, and they established the Doris Norton Scholars program to endow scholarships for Creighton medical students. In 2014, a $19 million gift by the Nortons established the John and Doris Norton Cardiothoracic and Transplantation Institute at St. Joseph’s.

The most recent gift adds to the previously announced $10 million investment from the Phoenix-based Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to construction of the building in midtown Phoenix that will bear its name.