John and Doris Norton Cardiothoracic & Transplantation Institute

Norton Thoracic Institute team at St. Joseph's.
St. Joseph’s Foundation received the largest donation in its history, a $19-million gift, to help create one of the nation’s foremost centers for lung, heart and esophageal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

St. Joseph’s is using the gift to expand the hospital’s highly acclaimed lung and esophageal programs, including the nation's now second largest lung transplant program. Hospital leaders expect the new institute to become as nationally respected as St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, one of the nation’s top brain and spine centers.

The roots of the John and Doris Norton Cardiothoracic & Transplantation Institute stretch back to 2006 when gifts to St. Joseph’s Foundation enabled the hospital to recruit a talented team of lung specialists to the Valley. Since then, that team has developed thriving programs in lung transplantation, esophageal disease diagnosis and treatment, and lung disease diagnosis and treatment. 

With the Nortons’ gift, St. Joseph’s is taking these programs to the next level.

If you are interested in contributing additional philanthropic gifts that will be needed to build and sustain the Norton Thoracic Institute, please contact the foundation at 602.406.3041.

Listen to Dr. Ross Bremner, director of the Norton Thoracic Institute, discuss how the Norton gift is helping to build a world-class program for lung, heart and esophageal disease services at St. Joseph's.