Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital announced today that the children’s day hospital at its 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. Since 2002, Clement’s Kindness has given approximately $800,000 in financial assistance to patients and families of the BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center, and provided more than $1.2 million in support of the center’s programs and facilities.
“Clement’s Kindness has been an incredible partner of GHS Children’s Hospital and our BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center for the past 14 years,” said Dr. Nichole Bryant, medical director of the center. “With their support, our patients and families have access to first-class facilities, critical support programs and ongoing financial assistance. It is only fitting that the day hospital be named in their honor.”
The Knox and Priscilla Haynsworth Day Hospital at the BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center provides chemotherapy, blood transfusions and other treatments to pediatric and adolescent patients battling cancer or a blood disorder. The hospital averages more than 8,000 outpatient visits per year, and many of these visits require a child to spend an entire day receiving treatment.
Recent renovations to the hospital, made possible by Clement’s Kindness, include the addition of child-friendly equipment, more comfortable and adaptable infusion chairs, new décor for the suite, a built-in fish tank, and distraction technologies such as tablets, TVs and headphones.
“Being a kid with cancer is hard. 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. Bryant. “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.”
Clement’s Kindness was established in memory of Clement Haynsworth, son of Knox and Priscilla Haynsworth, who passed away at the age of 24. Because Clement loved children and had a kind and giving spirit, the Haynsworth family chose to make it their life’s work to help other children in need.
“We are honored to have the day hospital named after us and thankful for this amazing recognition. When we founded Clement’s Kindness, we never imagined the impact the organization would have on the hospital and the lives of families fighting pediatric cancer or blood disorders,” said Knox and Priscilla Haynsworth. “We are thankful for our dedicated advisory board and their ongoing commitment and service, which has made Clement’s Kindness what it is today. Clement’s Kindness has accomplished so much, and we are proud to honor our late son, Clement, through this wonderful organization.”
About BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center
The BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center at GHS Children’s Hospital has been providing leading-edge medical and psychosocial care to children, adolescents and young adults with cancer or blood disorders since 1986. Today, the center is one of the most progressive children’s cancer treatment centers and serves approximately 300,000 patients in the upstate of South Carolina, western North Carolina and northeastern Georgia.
About Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children
Clement’s Kindness Fund for the Children was established at the Community Foundation of Greenville to help address the medical, psychological, social, emotional, and financial needs of Upstate families impacted by pediatric cancer and other serious blood disorders. The fund provides assistance to families facing the tremendous challenges surrounding a child’s diagnosis, treatment, and recovery through the administering of discretionary funds, psychological counseling, travel and living expenses and out-of-pocket costs.