has announced a $10 million gift from Eddie Smith, Jr. and his wife, Jo Allison, in support of the new Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina.
Awarded through the , the gift will help fund completion of a tower adjacent to the existing East Carolina Heart Institute on the center's Greenville campus. The six-story, 96-bed facility is designed so that all inpatient beds can provide cancer care at the tertiary level. Other features of the facility include an outpatient cancer clinic, radiation oncology, infusion services, pharmacy, lab, and administration offices, as well as space for possible future expansion and/or the replacement of existing inpatient beds. The estimated total cost of the center and tower is $174 million, $50 million of which will be funded through private gifts.
Established in 1993, the Smith Family Foundation supports health, education, the environment, and community-based organizations in a range of areas.
"This gift is in honor of the many friends, family members, and associates who have already fought the fight against cancer, for those who are fighting, and [for] those whose fight is yet to come," said Eddie Smith, owner and CEO of Grady-White boats. "We are so blessed to be able to give back to this community, this area, and its people who have been such a blessing to us during our lives."