Sept. 18, 2018
Today is a momentous day for our health sciences programs in Arizona, and I am in Phoenix this morning to make a major announcement regarding the future of Creighton University in the region. I will be joined by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, as well as city officials and a Creighton medical resident.
We have strong ties to the Arizona medical community – more than 250 Creighton-trained physicians currently practice in the state – and we look forward to educating many more exceptionally qualified health care professionals to serve communities in the region moving forward.
Creighton came to Phoenix to help meet the growing demand for medical professionals in the area. We began sending medical students to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center for clinical rotations some 13 years ago. In 2009, we jointly announced plans for a Creighton campus at St. Joseph’s, and our first medical students arrived in 2012.
Since then, we have launched nursing and graduate medical education, and, with our partners in the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, other programs are planned. We have an exciting opportunity to deepen that engagement and address the critical need for more health care professionals, and greater options for health sciences education, in the southwestern United States.
This morning, you will begin seeing social media posts from Phoenix, where we are formally announcing construction of a new health sciences campus at a local property known as Park Central in the city’s midtown district.
Phase one of the project includes a new building that will total approximately 200,000 square feet and eventually accommodate nearly 800 Creighton health sciences students. The expansion eventually will include a four-year medical school, expanded offerings in nursing, and new programs in occupational and physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, and emergency medical services. A second building adjacent to the first one may be added in the future.
The new building will be located along Central Avenue, on land that is currently occupied by a parking lot. Construction on the new building will begin in spring 2019, the first on the Park Central site in decades, and is expected to be completed by spring 2021.
Our new Phoenix campus will meet current needs and provide ample room for expansion, and the central Phoenix location near our health care partners will be convenient for students and medical residents and fellows.
To be sure, programs in Omaha will not be impacted. We will continue to move forward in our partnership with CHI Health, supporting and building programs to enhance health sciences education and patient care locally and regionally.
A video recap of the Phoenix announcement will be forthcoming, and I look forward to continuing to share the news of this historic occasion with the entire Creighton community.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ