University and state officials gathered Monday to honor the memory of the influential statesman.
The North Carolina National Cancer Hospital will now bear the name of one of its most influential and dedicated supporters. In honor of the legacy of the late Marc Basnight, the former acting Senate president who died in 2020, the building was officially renamed the North Carolina Basnight Cancer Hospital in a ceremony Monday at UNC Hospitals Chapel Hill.
“UNC Health’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of the people of North Carolina,” said Wesley Burks, MD, CEO of UNC Health and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine. “Today was a great opportunity to come together to honor Senator Basnight, a man who embodied that mission throughout his career in public service.”
The state’s longest-serving legislative leader, Basnight was instrumental in opening the hospital, drawing inspiration from the doctors, researchers, patients and caregivers he met during his wife Sandy’s battle against the cancer. UNC’s University Cancer Research Fund, its Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and the hospital itself are all direct results of his unwavering desire to improve the lives of the people of Carolina. North.
It was during Sandy Basnight’s treatment for leukemia that Marc Basnight saw the need for improved research capabilities, more advanced technology and equipment, and better healthcare facilities to help fight Sandy Basnight’s deadliest disease. the state. He lobbied for the state to fund the construction of the cancer hospital, which tripled the space available for treatment. Today, residents of North Carolina and beyond make more than 270,000 outpatient visits to the cancer hospital, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center clinical center and its affiliated clinics each year.
“When patients and their loved ones walk through the doors of North Carolina Basnight Cancer Hospital, they are not alone,” said Janet Hadar, president of UNC Hospitals. “There are teams of healthcare professionals and support staff dedicated to delivering world-class care in a safe and compassionate way.”
In addition to Burks and Hadar, speakers at Monday’s event included a number of state dignitaries, including Governor Roy Cooper, UNC System Chairman Peter Hans and State Senate Chairman Pro Tempore. Phil Berger as well as Bill Roper, MD, MPH, former interim president of UNC. System, CEO of UNC Health and Dean of the UNC School of Medicine and former President of UNC System, Erskine Bowles. Guests also heard from Shekinah Elmore, MD, MPH, assistant professor, UNC Radiation Oncology and Urology, and Janine Jones, member of the hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council and cancer survivor.
“When people faced challenges, big or small, my friend Senator Basnight was ready to help,” Governor Cooper said. “He had a relentless drive to make North Carolina its best, and this cancer hospital is part of his tremendous legacy in our state.”
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UNC Health is a state entity and corporate affiliate of the University of North Carolina system, comprised of 16 hospitals, 20 hospital campuses, and more than 900 clinics as well as the UNC School’s clinical patient care programs of Medicine (SOM). It exists to enhance the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others we serve and to advance the University of North Carolina SOM’s educational mission. Over the past three years, UNC Health has provided more than $400 million in unpaid or charitable care to the citizens of North Carolina. Our hospitals have received numerous awards and accolades for quality of care, patient safety and overall patient experience. For more information, visit unchealth.org.
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