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Valleywise Health Foundation Awarded $3.2 Million Grant by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Pavilion, opening in fall 2023, will house clinical education, simulation training and community gathering space at Valleywise Health’s Phoenix campus and recognize pivotal support from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust 

PHOENIX – December 22, 2022

Valleywise Health Foundation was recently awarded a $3.2 million grant by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. This pivotal grant is in addition to a $2.5 million unrestricted Piper Trust Now is the Moment Grant in 2021, and $500,000 from the Trust in COVID-19 response funding in 2020, supporting Valleywise Health, Maricopa County’s public teaching health system.


The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Pavilion will serve as a new learning and teaching hub at Valleywise Health’s Phoenix campus at 24th Street and Roosevelt. Clinical education will be housed on three dedicated floors of the six-story 106,088 square-foot facility in addition to administrative services and community meeting space for up to 300. The Piper Pavilion is part of the health system’s Care Reimagined program to renovate and rebuild its aging facilities and is adjacent to the new 10-story Valleywise Health Medical Center, opening in October 2023.


“While Valleywise Health is widely recognized for its clinical training, much of the applied learning was conducted in off-site or aging facilities,” said Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust President and CEO Mary Jane Rynd. “We are proud to support the state-of-the-art Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Pavilion, a place where healthcare professionals will learn, grow and connect to improve health and wellness in Maricopa County.”


Valleywise Health and its partners in the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance – Creighton University, District Medical Group and Dignity Health St. Josephs’ Hospital and Medical Center – have partnered to address the healthcare provider shortage in Arizona.


“With our partners, Valleywise Health is committed to building one of the premier graduate medical education programs in the nation,” said Valleywise Health President and CEO Steve Purves, “Approximately 70 percent of physician residents will stay and practice in the communities where they train. The new Piper Pavilion will play a key role in our efforts to train more medical professionals for Arizona.”


“Clinical knowledge, research technology and treatment methods continue to evolve,” said Valleywise Health’s Chief Clinical Officer Michael White, MD. “A leading-edge training and learning environment will help us teach clinical decision-making skills in a 21st Century healthcare setting.”


The $3.2 million investment from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will support training for more than 3,500 physician residents, nursing and other health program students annually, as well as ongoing professional development for more than 2,000 clinical staff.


“We are incredibly grateful for this milestone gift that will positively impact the health of Maricopa County for decades to come,” said Valleywise Health Foundation Board Chair John Hoopes. “The commitment of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to support organizations that enrich health, well-being and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County is evident across the Valley. This direct investment in facilities to train tomorrow’s healthcare providers to serve communities and healthcare systems throughout the region and improve access to care for vulnerable communities is a gift of immeasurable worth.”



About Valleywise Health Foundation and Valleywise Health

Valleywise Health Foundation is the Phoenix-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing financial support for critical patient and program needs at Arizona’s public teaching health system, Valleywise Health. Key funding areas include, burn survivorship care, innovative behavioral health programs and teaching tomorrow’s health care professionals. The Valleywise Health mission is to provide exceptional care, without exception, every patient, every time – regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. More than 70 percent of Valleywise Health’s patients are financially vulnerable. To learn more and donate, contact Kate Fassett or visit


About Valleywise Health Located in Phoenix, Arizona and named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health in 2020, Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System) has a proud tradition of being the public safety net health care system with a mission and commitment to serving the underserved. Valleywise Health consists of Valleywise Health Medical Center, Arizona’s only public teaching hospital, the only trauma center in Maricopa County verified by the American College of Surgeons to treat both adults and children and Arizona’s only nationally verified Burn Center serving the entire Southwestern United States. Other services include the McDowell Healthcare Center, the largest provider of HIV primary care in Arizona, the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, three behavioral health centers, and a network of 11 community health centers located throughout Maricopa County. To learn more, please visit

About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust: Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested more than $692 million in local nonprofits and programs. Piper Trust grantmaking areas are healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations. For more information, visit



Marcia Scott

Valleywise Health Foundation


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