Coun Gingell served as the city council’s cabinet member for health and adult services from 2013 until shortly before her death, and led the authority’s campaign against female genital mutilation.
She died of motor neurone disease in April 2016, aged 65.
Her work has now inspired Coventry University to name its Science and Health Building in her honour.
It was officially renamed the Alison Gingell Building at a ceremony on Monday, 11 June, attended by her family and friends.
The building, which was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in January, is transforming educational opportunities for nurses, paramedics, midwives and other health professionals.
It houses a range of innovative healthcare simulation facilities, including an ambulance, hospital wards, intensive care
Professor Guy Daly, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Health and Life Sciences at the university, said:
Alison had an amazing passion for health and wellbeing in Coventry and was an incredible advocate for and inspiration to the people of the city and surrounding areas.
She worked tirelessly to promote improvements in health and social care through her roles with the council and local health organisations and was a massively important leader in the city.
She was such a force for good. We all had tremendous respect and affection for her. At a time where we are all encouraged to work in partnership, she embodied such an approach. She always put the needs of the people of Coventry and Warwickshire first rather than the particular interests of any organisation or individual group.
We want to help her legacy to live on and inspire future generations of healthcare professionals who are trained within this building.
Alison’s daughter Rosa Topley said:
The naming of this building celebrates mum’s contribution to health in this city, but more than that it captures her enthusiasm for progress, for sharing of ideas and for enjoying oneself along the way.
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