Hospital Gift Is Biggest Ever By A CU

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – State Employees’ CU said its SECU Foundation, which has provided millions of dollars to state organizations over the past five years, has pledged $5 million to help Mission Hospital complete its new $59 million cancer center, the biggest charitable donation ever by a credit union.

The new, 120,000-square-foot center, slated to be completed in 2012, will bear the credit union’s name.

The five-level building and a 300-space parking deck on the northwest side of Mission's campus will house all of the hospital's outpatient cancer services in one location. That means patients won't have to travel to different locations for CT scans, chemotherapy treatments and office visits.

The SECU Foundation, which is funded by members of the $20 billion credit union, since its inception has provided more than $10 million in scholarships and an estimated $5 million in grants and low-interest loans to projects such as the state’s critical-care hospices. “We are trying to do projects across the state that can be duplicated in other areas,” said Shirley Bell, chairwoman of the SECU Foundation board. “We are helping all citizens in the state by this center being here.”

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