New Greenville cancer center gets name following major donation

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) A new cancer center here in the east will be named after a family that donated $10-million to the facility.

Vidant Medical Center says that the new cancer center and bed tower will be named the "Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Tower," in honor of the family that donated $10 million to the project.

Eddie Smith said, "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 those whose fight is yet to come."

The cancer center is expected to open later this month.

The new 418,000-square-foot cancer center and bed tower is located adjacent to the existing East Carolina Heart Institute. It will be six-stories, and house 96-beds and is designed so all inpatient beds can provide cancer care.

The entire project costs an estimated $174 million.

The Smith family owns the Grady White boat company in Greenville. Grady White boats started in 1959 and was bought by the Smith family in 1968.