Leon Levine Foundation Awards $20 Million to Establish Cancer Center for the Carolinas

The Carolinas HealthCare System has announced a $20 million grant from the Leon Levine Foundation to establish an institute that works to improve the delivery of cancer care in communities served by CHS.

The Levine Cancer Institute will work to significantly reduce the need for patients to travel long distances to find comprehensive, coordinated care by offering services at thirty-two CHS-affiliated hospitals in North and South Carolina. While many other healthcare systems around the country are centralizing cancer services on flagship campuses, CHS is doing the opposite: sharing preventive strategies, technology, and best practices on a system-wide basis.

CHS plans to invest more than $500 million over the next decade to implement these changes, supplemented by local philanthropy in communities served by CHS. To date, the institute has received $5 million from community volunteers and donors in addition to the Levine Foundation grant. The first phase of initiative will include the recruitment of nationally prominent leadership and medical teams and expanding the facility on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

"The things that don't need to be done [in Charlotte] need to be as close to the patient as possible," Carolinas HealthCare president and CEO Michael Tarwater told the Charlotte Observer. "Technology has made [cancer care] more of an outpatient service."

Karen Garloch. "Levine Foundation to Give $20 Million for Cancer Center." Charlotte Observer 10/04/2010. "Levine Cancer Institute Established at Carolinas HealthCare." Carolinas HealthCare System Press Release 10/04/2010.