Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Nebraska, has received $5 million from the estate of comedian Johnny Carson, the Associated Press reports.
The gift, the largest ever received by the hospital, will fund an endowment for the Carson Cancer Center to ensure that services remain available to people in northeast Nebraska, said Faith Regional CEO Bob Driewer. Established in 1998, the center was named in memory of Carson's parents, and its Web site credits him with making the largest financial donation to the initial building fund.
Carson was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved to Norfolk when he was eight and graduated from high school there. Known as the king of late-night television, he died in January at age 79.