Pitt County Memorial Hospital and East Carolina University have partnered up to create the $220 million East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville.
A ceremony will be held Thursday to dedicate the facility.
The institute includes a six-story patient bed tower at the hospital and a research, education and outpatient care facility at ECU. The ECU facility is 206,000 square feet.
According to a news release, the "dedication of the Heart Institute caps more than four years of collaboration between ECU and PCMH. In 2004, the N.C. General Assembly allocated $60 million to build the East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU. The same year, PCMH approved a privately funded effort to build the $160 million East Carolina Heart Institute at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The organizations broke ground on the Heart Institute in March 2006."
The hospital portion of the heart institute will open in January. The facility at ECU opened in September.