New Phoenix Biomedical Campus Will Fill Arizona’s Need for More Health Care Professionals, Provide Major Economic Boon for State.
Last August, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a historic agreement to expand the operations of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, in collaboration with Arizona State University. The City of Phoenix has provided land to establish the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which will be the site of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative (with facilities to house researchers from the UA, ASU, and other organizations), the UA College of Medicine expansion, and additional accommodations for the UA College of Pharmacy, Northern Arizona University, and other UA administrative offices. To be located on about 13 acres in downtown Phoenix, this campus will serve a key role in addressing Arizona’s shortage of physicians, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. It also will provide a significant economic boon, generating by conservative estimates, $2.5 billion in annual economic activity when completed, according to a report by Tripp Umbach Healthcare Consulting, Inc. The new campus also will provide stimulus for basic and clinical health research throughout the greater Phoenix area, according to UA College of Medicine officials. Regents’ President Gary Stuart is working closely with the UA, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the City of Phoenix, TGen, Phoenix-area teaching hospitals, and other partners to establish the new academic health center. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano has appointed a 10-member statewide Commission on Medical Education and Research to guide the establishment of the Biomedical Campus. Read more »