John and Doris Norton, benefactors of St. Joseph's Foundation.Doris and John Norton

John and Doris Norton have a long history with St. Joseph’s. John was born here—as were the couple’s three children and two grandchildren.

The couple has supported both foundations, both through service and gifts. “St. Joseph’s has been the best hospital, the leading hospital for quality care in the Valley forever,” John said.

John served on the Barrow Neurological Foundation Board of Trustees and the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors, serving as the SJF chair for a term. He was an emeritus member of the St. Joseph's Foundation board before his passing in 2016. Doris has been a member of the Women’s Board since 1988.

“I think being on the Women’s Board is an honorable way to serve the Valley,” Doris says. “It’s been an honor to serve on the Barrow Women’s Board and to be part of the St. Joseph’s family.”

In 2014, the couple made a transformational gift to the foundation in the amount of $19 million to establish the John and Doris Norton Cariothoracic and Transplantation Instiute at St. Joseph's, a center of excellence for lung and thoracic disease treatment and care.

The couple previously gave $4 million to the foundation to create the Doris Norton Scholars program as an endowment restricted for Creighton student scholarships. They also committed $1.3 million for the renovation of a building for the new Creighton University School of Medicine. Located on the St. Joseph’s campus, the refurbished building will house administrative offices, a student lounge and a gym. The building will be named Norton Manor in honor of the couple.

They have also donated $1 million to fund the hospital's Healing Garden and the renovated Teddy Bear Lobby. Both are named in honor of the Nortons.

The one-acre-plus healing garden is located west of the Barrow Neurosciences Tower and features meandering paths, desert plants and several water features. It is a quiet sanctuary for patients, visitors, doctors, and staff.

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