Groundbreaking For Children's Hospital

Crews at Pitt County Memorial Hospital broke ground on a new children's hospital wing Tuesday.

Construction will begin on the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital. The Maynards are donating $9 million towards the building of the $48 million wing.

The expansion will add 78,000 square feet to the Children's Hospital.

It will include a radiology department, a Ronald McDonald suite, a play therapy yard and a unit for immunosuppressed patients.

Funds raised through the recent Children's Miracle Netowork Telethon will also go towards the expansion.

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A major donation for a new Children's Hospital wing at Pitt County Memorial Hospital was announced Tuesday morning.

University Health Systems and East Carolina University say James and Connie Maynard of Raleigh will donate $10.5 million dollars for the new facility and to the Brody School of Medicine.

James Maynard is one of the founders of Golden Corral. He and his wife are ECU alums and already sponsor a scholarship at the university.

The bulk of the donation, $9 million, will go toward the new hospital wing, while $1.5 million will fund a distinguished professorship in the Department of Pediatrics within the Brody School of Medicine.

The new wing will be called the James & Connie Maynard Children's Hospital. Groundbreaking for the $48 million expansion will take place next month.

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University Health Systems plans to make a major donor announcement about the Children's Hospital and the Brody School of Medicine Tuesday morning.

The announcement comes as the Children's Miracle Network Telethon is two weeks away. WITN has supported the Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network for more than 20 years. WITN will broadcast this year's telethon on June 3rd and 5th.