It has been nearly two-years in the making and now the new $48-million-dollar James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville is just days away from opening.
Doctor Ronald Perkin is co-medical director at the children's hospital and spoke to the Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon about the expansion. He says now they'll have nearly 200 beds for patients ranging from newborns to teenagers.
The two-story addition also houses outpatient services and specialized units for kids with cancer and blood disorders. A special care nursery will serve as a transition for infants leaving intensive care to go home.
Doctor Perkin says many more children will now be able to get the care they need right here in the east. "I believe that we'll have first class services in all these areas and be able to take care of the vast majority of children with illnesses or injuries or even common problems where they used to have to send them away."
The new facility officially opens Thursday with a ribbon cutting. It's all possible because of the donation by James and Connie Maynard and by people all across the east who have donated money to the CMN Telethon on WITN over the years.
An open house is scheduled for Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.