In 2012, the Health Sciences Education Building opened and hosts the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)
In 2012, the Health Sciences Education Building opened and hosts the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)

Impact of UA's Phoenix Campus: $961 Million

The UA's presence in Phoenix creates thousands of jobs, brings more people into the downtown area and had a $961 million impact in 2013.
Dec. 12, 2014
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its inaugural class of first-year medical students in August 2007 and now has 301 students training to be physicians. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its inaugural class of first-year medical students in August 2007 and now has 301 students training to be physicians. (Photo: Patrick McArdle/UANews)

University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced on Dec. 12 that the economic impact of the UA's downtown Phoenix academic medical center in 2013 was $961 million, according to a report released by nationally recognized consultants Tripp Umbach.

"Our College of Medicine and the academic medical center have become key generators of economic impact for Phoenix and Arizona," Hart said. "It is through the great support of the city, the state and our partners in the medical center that we have been able to achieve this kind of impact."

The Tripp Umbach report outlines the impact of the health science colleges and the surrounding academic campus as defined by the City of Phoenix master plan that includes education, research and clinical facilities over a designated 28-acre area.

Among the findings:

  • The economic impact of the overall biomedical campus in downtown Phoenix in 2013 was nearly $1.3 billion, of which $961 million is attributed to the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix presence.
  • In 2013, the academic medical center accounted for 9,355 direct and indirect jobs. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix is responsible for 7,185 of those jobs.
  • The academic medical center generated more than $56.5 million in state and local government revenues in 2013 as a result of operational, employee and visitor spending. Of that total, $44.5 million is attributable to the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.
  • The estimated economic impact of the academic medical center will reach $3.1 billion by fiscal year 2024-25.

The report was commissioned by the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix and the City of Phoenix.

"The activity on the downtown biomedical campus puts top-notch health care and the best-trained health professionals in our backyard, but it also creates high-value jobs in our city," Stanton said.

In addition to the College of Medicine, the Phoenix Biomedical Campus plays host to three other UA health science colleges – the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the College of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy.

Also on campus are three NAU programs: physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy as part of the university's College of Health and Human Services. Arizona State University's School of Nutrition and Health Innovation is housed in the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative south of the Translational Genomic Research Institute.

The Biosciences Partnership Building is the latest development in the steady expansion of the downtown Phoenix campus and emerging academic medical center. In 2012, the award-winning Health Sciences Education Building opened, housing health education for both the UA and Northern Arizona University. Construction continues on The UA Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s. The cancer center, a 220,000-square foot outpatient and research facility, is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

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