Health Sciences Facilities

The Doctor C. C. and Mabel L. Criss Health Sciences Center is made possible largely through the generosity of the late Mabel L. Criss, whose gift commemorates her late husband, Dr. C.C. Criss. Dr. Criss was a Creighton alumnus; the couple founded Mutual of Omaha and United of Omaha.

The Criss Center provides teaching, medical laboratory space, and facilities for the research activities of the faculty of the School of Medicine. Two separate units (Criss II and III) provide classroom and laboratory facilities for instruction of students in the preclinical medical sciences, as well as office and recently renovated laboratory space for the members of the preclinical faculty.

The Criss III building was renovated in 2003 for medical student use. The Medical Education Center includes the Office of Medical Education, small group rooms, interactive study space, an 84-seat state-of-the-art computer lab, and conference room. Adjacent to the Medical Education Center is the Office of Student Affairs. A Student Wellness Center includes student lounge space and an exercise/wellness room that is available for use 24 hours a day.

In addition, the Criss Health Sciences Center houses the administrative offices of the School of Medicine as well as accommodates the administration, faculty, and students of the College of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Another unit (Criss I) provides medical research facilities for the faculty. The Beirne Research Tower adjoins the Criss Health Sciences Center. This six-story medical research facility was made possible by a gift from Doctor Gilbert A. Beirne and his brother, Doctor Clinton G. Beirne. The Beirne Research Tower provides approximately 13,000 square feet of space for laboratories and offices. The modern, functional research tower houses the regulatory peptide research program, the infectious disease and microbiology program, a bone biology research program, the molecular biology core facility, and an allergic diseases research program.

The Hixson-Lied Science Building is connected to both Criss and Rigge Science Buildings and provides expansion space for functions of the Health Sciences programs including the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, the Henry Lynch Hereditary Cancer Research Center and the School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health.  This space includes areas for classrooms, common use purposes, and administrative support functions.

Creighton University has strategic affiliations with two healthcare partners, CHI Health and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, to enhance students’ educational experiences.

CHI Health

In 2012, Creighton expanded its academic affiliation with a major Omaha health system, increasing the clinical opportunities for Creighton’s medial and other healthcare professional students. The combined health system, CHI Health, includes more than 120 sites of service and is the largest nonprofit, faith-based healthcare provider in Nebraska and southwest Iowa. CHI Health, as a member of the Catholic Healthcare Initiative (CHI),  has 15 acute care hospitals, 4 behavioral health facilities, 2 specialty hospitals, and is known for specialty care programs in women's and children's, cardiovascular, orthopedic, spine, oncology, neurosciences, physical rehabilitation, and behavioral health services. The CHI Health affiliation enhances both the academic experience for Creighton students and healthcare in the greater Omaha community.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

In June, 2009, Creighton’s School of Medicine and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix announced an academic affiliation that created a Creighton medical school presence in Phoenix. The Phoenix campus, known as Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, is a member of Dignity Health. The Creighton campus in Phoenix is the only Catholic medical school campus located west of Omaha.

Under this affiliation, Creighton expanded its entering class from 126 to 152 and established a fully operational campus at St. Joseph’s that offers two full years of clinical training. Students begin their studies at the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, and as students reach the clinical training component of the third year, forty-two members of the each third-year class move to Phoenix for their final two years of training.

The Creighton and St. Joseph’s partnership answers the nation’s call for more physicians in the pipeline and the Southwest regions of the United States.

Other Clinical Facilities

In addition to the clinical facilities at CHI Health and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, the Creighton University School of Medicine conducts additional clinical teaching, patient care, and research activities in the following institutions:

The Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center, located at 42nd and Woolworth Avenue, is a general medical and surgical hospital of 486 beds. Consistent with the policy of Veterans Affairs, a Dean’s Committee, representing the Creighton University School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, directs the educational and research programs of the hospital. Undergraduate and graduate education is related to the activities of the departments of Medicine and Surgery of the School of Medicine.

Children's Hospital and Medical Center, located at 83rd and Dodge Street in Omaha, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center (www.ChildrensOmaha.org) is recognized as a 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report in cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, pulmonology and orthopedics. It is the only full-service, pediatric health care center in Nebraska providing expertise in more than 30 pediatric specialty services to children across a five-state region andbeyond. Located in Omaha, the 139-bed, non-profit hospital operates the only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in the region and offers 24-hour, in-house services by pediatric critical care specialists.

Additional teaching affiliations are maintained by the School of Medicine at Saint Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco, California, as well as with several other teaching facilities, hospitals and medical centers within the United States.