The cancer care unit at the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) will be named after a former patient and philanthropist.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the unit would be named the Adem Crosby Centre after Sunshine Coast teenager, Adem Crosby.
Mr Dick said Adem and his parents, Brent and Lu Crosby, began the Team Adem Blood Donation Community after he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2011.
Sadly, Adem passed away in 2013, but support for his Blood Donation Community continues to grow.
“Adem’s ability to turn his fight against leukaemia into a movement to aid a greater cause is truly inspirational and his philanthropic efforts continue to benefit thousands of lives,” Mr Dick said.
“Since 2013 the Team Adem Blood Donation Community has potentially saved more than 30,000 Australian lives, the majority being Queenslanders.
“In fact just last year Team Adem Blood donations saved more than 13,000 lives.
“Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Brent and Lu Crosby at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service’s Staff Excellence Awards and saw first-hand the difference this charity is making to blood donation levels across the state.
“It is very fitting that we name the new cancer care unit in honour of someone who has made such a profound difference to the lives of others and I am proud to be part of ensuring this milestone to recognise, remember and celebrate Adem and the achievements of Team Adem.”
Brent Crosby said this recognition of his son’s legacy was an honour for his family, along with their supporters.
“On behalf of my wife Lu, family, and myself we would like to sincerely thank the Minister and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service for deciding to name this outstanding new cancer care facility the Adem Crosby Centre,” he said.
“Adem never lost sight of the incredible care his medical, nursing and hospital staff provided him and his family throughout his illness.
“Adem would frequently refer to them as his ‘extended family’. Knowing that many of these wonderful employees will be working in the Adem Crosby Centre is extremely gratifying.
“We are sure current and future patients will welcome the naming and will draw strength and inspiration from Adem and from each other at the new Adem Crosby Centre.
“We would also like to thank all parties and individuals who have invested time and energy into advocating that this wonderful new facility be named the Adem Crosby Centre.”
The Adem Crosby Centre will include expanded cancer care services providing medical oncology, radiation oncology, haematology and acute specialised inpatient services.
“The Adem Crosby Centre will be an integral component of this new $1.8 billion tertiary hospital and will deliver excellence in clinical care, research and education,” Mr Dick said.
“This unit will boast new technology and equipment which will enhance patient outcomes and deliver more efficient and effective treatment for Sunshine Coast locals in need.”
The Sunshine Coast University Hospital is scheduled to open in April 2017.
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