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Councilwoman Laura Pastor’s Statement on Creighton University’s Medical Campus at Park Central Councilwoman Laura Pastor’s Statement on Creighton University’s Medical Campus at Park Central <div class="ExternalClassAD47DD2904BB4AD5A4287CD2A4E25757"><p>"Midtown Phoenix is undergoing a significant renaissance. The neighborhood has been filling with new residences, restaurants, corporate headquarters, and technology companies since 2012. Over the past four years, Banner Health and Dignity Health have been expanding and creating a key hub made up of biomedical and health care professionals, but perhaps wasn't quite meeting the local industry's potential. Together, my colleagues on the Phoenix City Council and I have always recognized that in order to continue to provide ground-breaking and quality health care, we need to attract more physicians and research scientists.<br></p><p>Creighton University has been a partner with Dignity for nearly 10 years, and recently expanded its footprint to include Maricopa Integrated Health Services. As such, we have seized upon a unique opportunity in this collaborative to catalyze significant development in Midtown Phoenix, while at the same time providing a solution to help alleviate the lack of medical residencies in Arizona. Our investment in the Community Facilities District was a key factor in Creighton's decision to commit to a medical school and campus in Phoenix, and I believe very strongly that this type of investment pays dividends for our neighbors and families. We fully anticipate a $100 million medical school and a $57 million redevelopment of Park Central Mall as a result of this venture in Midtown, which will likely spur other major developments in the immediate area, and I am very excited at the possibilities.<br></p><p>Midtown has always enjoyed the caliber of healthcare offered by St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, and its institutes, Barrow Neurological and Norton Thoracic. Phoenix knows how important it is that we train more doctors, and I am proud to have led the effort with my fellow members of the City Council to make the investment necessary to bring a world-class medical school to our neighborhood. This is a partnership that will further synergize Central Phoenix, and change the landscape of both Midtown and the regional medical industry."<br></p><p><br></p></div>9/18/2018 4:15:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405