Greenville Hospital System Dedicates BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center
The BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center was officially dedicated today (Friday, May 30) when a small crowd gathered on the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus to see a six-foot high by 15-feet wide sign announcing the center’s name unveiled.
The pediatric cancer center, formerly known as the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center of Children’s Hospital, was renamed in November when Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) received a $2.5 million donation from BI-LO Charities to support existing pediatric cancer support services. This gift marked the largest donation ever given to a single charity by BI-LO Charities and the largest gift received to date by GHS.
“Our gift to the BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center is an investment in the health of our community,” said Tye Anthony, chairman of the BI-LO Charity Classic and executive vice president of BI-LO Supermarkets. “BI-LO is committed to helping GHS ensure children with cancer receive the best care possible close to home.”
Programs supported by the BI-LO Charities gift include Child Life, chaplaincy, social work and psychological services, support groups and the center’s innovative school re-entry program. These programs combine to create the “Whole Child” concept, which enhances the basic medical services provided by the center.
One of the unifying areas of the Whole Child concept is Child Life. Child Life uses play, education and self-expression to help children and their families cope with medical treatments. This is achieved by reducing the stress that children face in a medical setting, which in turns enhances the healing process.
“We feel fortunate to be recognized by BI-LO for the excellent clinical care and family support services we offer our communities,” said Dr. Bill Schmidt, medical director of Children’s Hospital. “These funds help ensure that as our population grows, we are able to continue to provide the quality care and support services our patients and families deserve.”
The BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center is made up of a 14-bed inpatient unit and outpatient unit with clinical, research and educational components. The center provides comprehensive cancer services to infants, children and young adults living in upstate South Carolina, western North Carolina and northern Georgia. As a member of the international Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the center provides patients with access to the latest clinical trials for all childhood cancers. The center is also currently conducting innovative pediatric cancer research within the GHS Oncology Research Institute.
About BI-LO Charities:
Since its inception in 1984, the BI-LO Charity Classic has raised more than $40 million for nonprofit organizations in BI-LO's four-state operating area of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. The tournament reached an incredible milestone in 2006, raising a record $5.5 million and expanding its beneficiaries to more than 500 nonprofit organizations dedicated to hunger relief, educational opportunities and the health and well being of children. The 2007 tournament raised more than $5.6 million dollars for charity, another milestone. The tournament's built-in base of support from grocery vendors and other industry suppliers has made it the largest one-day benefit golf tournament in the United States.
About Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS):
Established nearly a century ago, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center is a not-for-profit academic health organization committed to medical excellence through research, education, clinical expertise and technological advancement. GHS is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO). With five campuses and 1,268 licensed beds, it is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in South Carolina.
GHS provides comprehensive healthcare through its flagship tertiary referral and education center (Greenville Memorial Hospital), two acute-care and one long-term-care hospitals, one short-stay surgical hospital, integrated children’s and women’s hospitals, nationally-recognized cottage-concept nursing home, outpatient facilities, wellness centers, community outreach programs and a Upstate-wide multi-specialty physician group. Affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina, GHS has an extensive medical education program that includes 11 residency/fellowship programs. GHS currently offers more than 500 clinical trials, including several first-in-nation cancer-treatment trials.