Carolinas HealthCare System announced Wednesday it has received a $25 million commitment from The Leon Levine Foundation to support the recently announced expansion of Levine Cancer Institute.
This gift is the foundation’s largest and the largest gift in the history of Carolinas HealthCare, officials said. The Leon Levine Foundation also gave $20 million to establish the cancer institute in 2010. With this latest grant, the foundation has contributed more than $65 million for medical programs and buildings at Charlotte’s largest hospital system.
Last month, Carolinas HealthCare officials announced a $150 million expansion plan for the cancer institute, including a new $125 million outpatient care center on Morehead Street. Hospital officials said the cancer program has exceeded growth expectations. It sees 15,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year in 25 locations.
The seven-story, 260,000-square-foot building will be adjacent to the institute’s original six-story building and connected by an above-ground walkway. The 3.5-acre lot, near the corner of Morehead Street and Kenilworth Avenue, is currently a surface parking lot.
The project also will include a $20 million renovation of 32 patient rooms at Carolinas Medical Center for the bone marrow transplant program and for patients with other serious blood-borne cancers. Construction is expected to start in early 2017.
The Levine foundation is named for Leon Levine, the founder of Family Dollar stores and his wife, Sandra.