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Fr. Hendrickson provides media sneak peek of new Health Sciences-Phoenix campus

Aug 12, 2021
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Creighton University is expanding its health sciences footprint significantly in Arizona through its $100 million Health Sciences-Phoenix campus that will fully open in September 2021.

The Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, president of Creighton University, provided a sneak peek of the new 185,000-square-foot campus on Thursday, Aug. 12, to showcase the incredible features and amenities that will transform health care in the Arizona region.

The Creighton University Health Sciences Campus-Phoenix is the nation’s only Catholic health sciences campus west of Omaha. It is also Creighton’s largest expansion outside of Omaha in the University’s history.

Within the next few years, more than 900 students are expected to enroll at the Creighton University Health Sciences-Phoenix campus, invigorating Arizona’s health infrastructure with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists and occupational therapists — each educated in Creighton’s distinctive Jesuit, Catholic mission of service.

“Creighton University is preparing students for a workforce that demands their commitment to innovative care and service, and I am proud of the investments being made to transform health care and improve outcomes, now and in the future,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “With the impact Creighton is making in Arizona, combined with the new CL Werner Center for Health Sciences Education facility on the University’s campus in Omaha, Creighton is poised to become the largest Catholic health professions educator in the nation by 2024.”

The Creighton University Health Sciences-Phoenix campus features a new four-year medical school, state-of-the-art simulation labs and instruction rooms that will support learning and growth. It includes 16 Standardized Patient (SP) Simulation exam rooms equipped with hospital-grade features, a trauma simulation room, 10 high-fidelity simulation areas for other specialties, an expansive outdoor terrace and spaces to collaborate throughout the facility.

Innovative public spaces include an extensive and noteworthy art collection that honors Creighton’s history, as well as the history and natural beauty of Arizona, while also spotlighting core principles of the Jesuit faith. These areas create an exceptional learning environment for Creighton students.

“One of our goals as we’ve been invited to be here is to create healthcare education and workforce pipeline development,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “The Phoenix wants and needs more healthcare education and we’re here to meet that need, and create more doctors, nurses, pharmacists and health professionals in this area.”

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council estimates Creighton’s expansion will create more than 250 jobs; $124.5 million in personal income; $12 million in tax revenues; and more than $300 million in total economic output.

Creighton’s infusion of health care professionals comes at a crucial time for Arizona, which faces both a boom in population and a shortage of health care providers to serve the state’s growing residents. Creighton is committed to confronting this shortfall, not just by educating more health care professionals in the state, but retaining them to practice in Arizona.

Over the past decade, more than 70% of the medical students Creighton has placed in Arizona continue to work in the state. Hundreds more are expected over the next decade.