Arizona State University President Michael Crow and City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced Oct. 19 that ASU Health, the new ASU medical school and ASU’s new School of Public Health Technology, will all be located in Downtown Phoenix.
The announcement, posted on YouTube, details how ASU Health, which is a new part of the Arizona State University system that will include the new School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering, the School of Public Health Technology, the ASU Medical Master’s Institute, the Arizona Health Observatory, the Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care, the ASU College of Health Solutions and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation; will be headquartered in Downtown Phoenix. President Crow also added that the School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering, which is ASU’s first school of medicine and will include an engineering focus; as well as the School of Public Health Technology, will also be located in Downtown Phoenix.
“This means that Phoenix will leap to the leading edge of physician development, physician-orientated research, public health technology-orientated research, early warning systems for healthy outcomes, ways we can take on the chronic things limiting our communities right now,” President Crow said. “We’re expecting a technological influx into Phoenix right now as well as an influx of 21st-century, 22nd-century physicians and health technologists into Phoenix.”
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Mayor Gallego and President Crow also highlighted the value and importance of the upcoming bond and how this would be an opportunity to support capital investments for the expansion of ASU.
“I am so pleased that our bond package has the potential to have an entire city be healthier as well as better outcomes for our family, where we have the most highly trained physicians right here (in Phoenix),” said Mayor Gallego. “And it comes at a time where we have a significant doctor shortage.”
ASU announced the new ASU Health vision in June 2023 as part of a larger state-wide initiative led by the Arizona Board of Regents called AZ Healthy Tomorrow to decrease the health care workforce shortage in the state of Arizona. At the same time, the University of Arizona announced an increase of its residency program with Banner Health, and just last month, Northern Arizona University announced its own medical school, which will focus on rural, underserved and Arizona’s indigenous populations.
Downtown Phoenix and the Phoenix Bioscience Core continue to become the destination for academic and institutional research and health care. Earlier this year, the National Institutes of Health announced it would bring its NIDDK division, which focuses on diabetes, digestion and kidneys to 850 PBC, where it would occupy the entire 7th floor; and the University of Arizona plans to build a 296,000 square foot Center for Advanced Molecular and Immunological Therapies at the corner of 7th Street and Fillmore.