The children’s day hospital at the BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center will be named in honor of Knox and Priscilla Haynsworth, founders of Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children, GHS officials announced Tuesday afternoon.
The Clement’s Kindness Fund’s contributions to the cancer center have totaled about $2 million since 2002. This includes $800,000 in financial assistance to patients and families and $1.2 million in support of the center’s activities and facilities.
The newly named Knox and Priscilla Haynsworth Day Hospital has about 8,000 outpatient visits each year. Children and adolescent patients receive chemotherapy, blood transfusions and other treatments for cancer or blood disorders.
The hospital’s most recent renovations, funded by Clement’s Kindness, include child-friendly equipment, adaptable infusion chairs, new décor for the suite, a fish tank, tablets, TVs, headphones and other distraction technologies.
“Being a kid with cancer is hard, and it’s even tougher when you have to spend an entire day away from school and your friends, getting chemotherapy or other treatments,” said Dr. Nichole Bryant, the center’s medical director. “Now, thanks to Clement’s Kindness, our patients can receive care in an environment that makes them feel more like a kid and less like a cancer patient.”
Knox and Priscilla Haynsworth began Clement’s Kindness in memory of their son, Clement, who died at age 24.
“We are honored to have the day hospital named after us and thankful for this amazing recognition,” the Haynsworths said.