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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation announced at an open house Tuesday afternoon it received its largest donation ever.

The $5 million donation from Wallace and Jama Fowler of Jonesboro will be used to fund, expand and enhance support services for cancer patients and their families.  The group has named the 34,000 square foot cancer center at its new campus on Johnson Avenue the Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care. The center will be on the new NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital campus.

In a release, Brad Parsons, CEO of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital said "The Fowlers have given to many great initiatives in our community and this is no different. This gift will help transform cancer care in northeast Arkansas for generations to come."

Darrell King, CEO of the NEA Baptist Clinic added, "The generosity of the Fowlers will allow our health system to expand the cancer care services we currently provide, and ensure that our patients in northeast Arkansas can get the care they deserve here at home."

"We look forward to working with NEA/Baptist and the cancer center to help provide additional support for patients and their families," said Wallace Fowler.

The entire campus is a $400 million investment for the Baptist Memorial Health Care system. The hospital is schedule to open sometime in early 2014. All patients will be transferred to the new site from the current hospital near Stadium Boulevard and U.S. 63 when it opens.

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