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2015 Progressive Year for Iredell Health System

01/15/2016

Iredell County residents may have noticed an increased presence from Iredell Health System throughout the county in 2015, a successful year full of growth and positive strides for the system that includes a hospital, home health, skilled nursing facility, wound care, community and corporate wellness programs, a large physician network, and many other services.

Through innovative ways to increase patient safety and satisfaction, a variety of community activities, and an expanding footprint in Iredell, Alexander and Davie counties, Iredell Health System (IHS) continued its mission throughout the year to support the community’s journey toward optimal health, create an excellent experience for its patients, and deliver high quality, affordable health services.

“As we reflect on 2015, we recognize that our growth has improved Iredell County for the better,” said Ed Rush, Chief Executive Officer of Iredell Health System. “Not only have we added many employment opportunities, but the upgrades and expansion of our services have also made it possible for Iredell County residents to receive local, quality healthcare equal to or better than what you can get in larger cities around us.”

Patient Safety and Satisfaction
Several advancements geared toward patient safety and increased patient satisfaction were made in 2015.

  • The pharmacy department at Iredell Memorial Hospital (IMH) implemented a new, closed-loop medication management system – the best currently available – that uses barcode verification as well as other safety measures before medications are administered to patients.
  • IMH installed an Endobronchial Ultrasound that helps to diagnose lung cancer.
  • IMH also installed a BARRX radiofrequency ablation system for treating esophageal cancer.
  • An O-Arm surgical imaging system was installed at IMH, used for complex spinal
  • surgeries.
  • A Radiation Therapy CT Simulator was also installed at IMH.
  • All televisions in IMH were upgraded to flat panels with digital high-definition service.

Growth
Iredell Health System believes in continuously striving to improve and expand its services to best fit the needs of the community. In 2015:

  • Iredell’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation began offering Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes, starting in February 2015, expanding the Cardiac Rehabilitation program that has been inexistence since 1982.
  • A high demand for cardiopulmonary services in the community also necessitated renovations of the Outpatient Services building on the IHS campus, increasing the size of the cardiopulmonary space to 4,500 square feet once it is completed in 2016.
  • A new department director was hired for the IMH Emergency Department. She is
  • creating strategic plans to improve the Emergency Room to make it more efficient and
  • faster for patients.
  • A Wellness Center, which is also the new home of Iredell’s award-winning diabetes program, opened an office in Troutman.
  • Iredell Occupational Medicine opened in Mooresville. The program offers
  • comprehensive services built on the wants and needs of employers using the program.

The Iredell Physician Network also grew significantly in 2015, with the addition of the following
practices:

  • Pellegrino Family Medicine – Mooresville;
  • Stout Internal Medicine and Wellness – Mooresville;
  • Harmony Medical Care – Harmony;
  • Iredell Occupational Medicine – Mooresville;
  • Iredell Family Care Center – Taylorsville; and
  • Iredell Neurospine – Mooresville, Statesville and Hickory.

Community Involvement
Continuing its tradition of being an integral part of Iredell County, IHS participated in a wide
array of community events and provided services to outside organizations.

  • Through community involvement, Iredell employees, as well as members of the Iredell Physician Network, had close to 100,000 interactions within the community last year through speaking arrangements, sponsorships and events.
  • IHS employees made significant contributions to United Way, giving more than $78,000.
  • IHS marked its sixteenth year of providing the Living with Cancer community support
  • group.
  • Iredell’s Nursing Department partnered with Mitchell Community College for annual validation of clinical competencies, and offered educational opportunities to the community by bringing in several national speakers.
  • IHS held its fifth annual Memorial Golf Classic, raising more than $100,000 for the Iredell Memorial Hospital Institute for Nursing Excellence & Innovation Foundation, which provides funding for nurses to attend conferences, obtain certifications and advanced degrees, and leadership development.
  • The Iredell Relayers team was the top team in Statesville for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, raising more than $16,000.

Recognition
IHS is proud of the National recognition its programs received in 2015 as well, including:

  • Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center – Center of Excellence, second year (only center in Iredell County to receive the award);
  • American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll;
  • American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, for implementing specific quality measures for patients with heart failure;
  • Iredell Health System Diabetes Program – Reaccredited by the American Diabetes Association;
  • Iredell’s hospital-based Skilled Nursing Facility received a 4 star rating (out of a possible 5 stars) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and
  • IHS received the Duke Endowment Grant for Care Transitions, aimed to reduce readmissions.

“I’m very proud of the recognition and community involvement that we have had over the past year,” said Rush. “What I am most proud of, though, is the more than 60 years of dedication our employees have had to their patients. That commitment, through all the changes we’ve experienced, has never changed.”

For more information, please contact Meagan Kowalski at 704.878.7447 or use the Contact Us form.

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