PHOENIX â€” The Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees approved the construction of a $131 million Integrated Education and Research Building in Arizona to accelerate the growth of Mayo Clinicâ€™s education and research programs. The 150,000 square-foot building is part of a massive $748 million expansion project underway on Mayo Clinicâ€™s Phoenix campus. The project was approved by the board on Feb 19.
The expansion project, called â€œArizona. Bold. Forward.,â€� which began in 2018, will add more than 1.6 million square feet of building space (to the existing 1.7 million square feet) and will expand clinical capacity, support services and infrastructure at the campus located near Loop 101 and 56th Street in North Phoenix. This expansion will increase the number of patient beds from 304 to 403 by 2023 and creates close to 2,000 new jobs, including the addition of nearly 200 physicians by 2029.
Philanthropic support will play a key role in the construction of the new building which is expected to be complete by 2024. The new building will serve Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, including Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, as an addition to its current campus at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Medical students and trainees will learn the science of medicine in a shared space with physicians and researchers to expand their learning, offer tangible experience and grow their network of peers.
Additionally, the new building will increase Mayo Clinicâ€™s research footprint on the Phoenix campus to offer new team science opportunities. Mayo will also maintain research space on the Scottdale campus for its investigator programs.
â€œThis past year has made it more evident that we need to create expanded opportunities for medical research and education discoveries that will ultimately benefit patients across the globe,â€� says Richard Gray, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. â€œWe embrace the opportunity to advance Mayo Clinicâ€™s vision to expand serious and complex care in the Southwest and beyond. This expansion solidifies our commitment to grow translational science, train future generations of expert providers and engage biomedical collaborators. We are fortunate to be a part of the vibrant and growing greater Phoenix community.â€�
Among the features of the new building will be medical simulation suites, procedural labs, learning labs and digitally enabled classrooms for education as well as 20 or more biomedical and translational research labs.
â€œThis building is a great investment in education at Mayo Clinic and will bring our students and learners in close proximity to both practice and research,â€� says Michele Halyard, M.D., dean of Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Arizona. â€œIt will enhance education at Mayo Clinic through innovative spaces and interaction with researchers and physicians, which will add to the student experience.â€�
The Integrated Education and Research building will be located on the east side of Mayo Clinicâ€™s Phoenix campus, adjacent to Arizona State University’s new Health Futures Center.
â€œThis new space will place more researchers, scientists, learners and educators in close proximity to Mayo clinicians, helping to foster even greater collaboration among our care teams and transform research and education innovations into enhanced patient care for those with complex medical needs,â€� says Diane Jelinek, Ph.D., dean for Research, Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Since opening its Scottsdale location more than 30 years ago and its hospital in Phoenix in 1998, Mayo Clinic has grown to become a vital part of health care and medical research in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. Mayo Clinic has brought many medical innovations to Arizona, including the development of the first proton beam therapy program in the Southwest, and pioneering work in regenerative medicine and individualized medicine. Also, Mayo Clinic in Arizona has grown to become the largest organ transplant program in the U.S., and the hospitalâ€™s nursing program has received Magnet quality status from the American Nurses Association.
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- Jim McVeigh, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, email@example.com