The Creighton University Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building will be part of the 180,000-square-foot Creighton Arizona Health Sciences campus, which will include a community center offering continuing education opportunities for nonprofit organizations; a clinical learning center integrating simulation and virtual reality; and active-classroom learning centers that develop individual and team-based skills. Scheduled to open in 2021, the campus represents a continuation of the university's efforts over the past decade to address growing healthcare profession shortages in Arizona. Currently, there is one primary care physician for every fifteen hundred residents in the state, and experts project it will need an additional fifty thousand nurses by 2030 to keep up with population growth. The new Creighton Phoenix campus will serve nearly nine hundred health sciences students seeking degrees in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and other healthcare professions.
"The generous investment by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will bring future Creighton physicians and healthcare providers to Maricopa County who are educated in the Jesuit tradition of caring for the whole person," said School of Medicine dean Bo Dunlay. "The world needs more of these servant leaders who are formed by Creighton University's full array of health sciences programs. With the expansion of the Arizona Health Sciences Campus, Creighton University will become the largest Catholic health sciences educator in the United States."