The McCrary Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at Greenville Memorial Hospital was expanded with eight large patient rooms and a purified air system. Credit: Alan Francis.

The Greenville Health System’s newly expanded McCrary Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit officially opened April 11 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

The $2 million expansion features eight large patient rooms, music therapy, and a wellness suite. The new unit has an up-to-99-percent purified air system. The new addition makes it possible for more local patients to receive cancer treatments in Greenville. The expansion was funded by community donations, including a seed gift from Bill and Esta McCrary.

“There’s probably not a single person in the Upstate who hasn’t had some contact with cancer — if not in their own family, then in their friends,” Bill McCrary said in a news release. “We are thrilled that we can help provide this wonderful option for families to be able to stay local and still get the great care they need.”

Patients with blood-borne diseases like sickle cell anemia and cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma, can receive blood and marrow transplantation as an aggressive therapy.

Thanks to cutting-edge research, increasing numbers of people are able to donate blood and marrow cells to family members. They might only need to be a half-match for the donation to work.

The GHS Cancer Institute is South Carolina’s collection site for the National Marrow Donor Program.

 

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