Health & Family

Levine family’s foundations give $3 million for Davidson psychiatric hospital

The Leon Levine Foundation and the children of Leon and Sandra Levine have donated $3 million for Carolinas HealthCare System’s psychiatric hospital in Davidson, which opened in April.

Announcing the gift Tuesday, hospital officials said the 66-bed hospital will be named for the Levines’ daughter, Mindy Ellen Levine, who died in 1988 at the age of 25 after an extended illness. The name will be Mindy Ellen Levine Behavioral Health Center of Carolinas HealthCare System.

The Levine Foundation is named for Leon Levine, founder of the Family Dollar stores, and his wife, Sandra. Joining in the gift for the psychiatric hospital are their surviving children and their spouses, Howard and Julie Levine, Lori and Eric Sklut and Alfred and Amy Levine Dawson, through their foundations.

Hospital officials said the money will be used “to support future facility enhancements, programmatic development, patient and staff education and clinical research projects.”

The Levine foundation has previously made substantial gifts to Carolinas HealthCare, including $20 million to create Levine Cancer Institute and $10 million for Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.