Built by the community… For the community.

The roots of  Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute run deep in the Spartanburg community, from the time it was just the dream of two doctors to the world-class treatment and research center it has become today.

Many people & much passion have been involved at every stage.

Recognizing that cancer patients’ needs are very specific, Drs. Jay Bearden and Julian Josey began  in the early 1980’s by convincing administrators at the then Spartanburg Regional Hospital to allow them to consolidate all existing cancer treatment and support services into a dedicated, single-floor unit, a coordinated-services approach virtually unheard of at the time.

Soon, other physicians who shared an interest in cancer treatment – and who had professional connections in the world of regional and national cancer treatment – added their ideas and expertise to create an in-house tumor board, where a diverse group of specialists met to discuss the best treatment for each new cancer patient.

One step closer…

Local business leaders and philanthropists Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs brought the dream a step closer with a generous $1.2 million lead gift toward establishing a standalone center dedicated exclusively to the treatment of cancer. Located on the campus of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, the center’s mission was to provide leading edge research and treatment in a facility equipped with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment tools.

Throughout Spartanburg and the Upstate, the community swung into action, raising an additional $4 million to help build and equip the center and to establish the Spartanburg Regional Foundation to provide ongoing support. Hospital employees themselves donated more than $1 million.

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute opened its doors.

Named for philanthropists Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs, the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute opened its doors in 1999. Today, in addition to Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute on the campus of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Gibbs offers satellite locations throughout the Upstate so patients throughout the region have access to the best clinical expertise and most advanced treatments available anywhere, without having to wait or travel far from home.