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12/30/2016

Iredell Health System Reflects on 2016 Accomplishments

For more than six decades, Iredell Health System (IHS) has set the standard for quality healthcare in Iredell County. The tradition of innovation and excellent community-based care remained strong in 2016, with several upgrades and new additions. IHS invested in cutting-edge technologies, added locations, and received recognition for its high level of care. After a successful 2016, leaders at IHS are ready to tackle ambitious plans for the future.

IHS has been at the heart of healthcare in Iredell County since Iredell Memorial Hospital opened its doors in 1954. Now the non-profit health system has grown to include the Iredell Physician Network, which operates 16 practices across four counties. IHS also includes health centers for women’s health, diabetes and wellness, wound care, and radiation therapy. More than 1,500 employees and 260 physicians are a part of the IHS family.

“Throughout the year our team worked tirelessly to elevate the level of care, and their commitment is paying off for our patients,” said CEO Ed Rush. “By expanding our footprint in the region and providing top-of-the-line treatment, we are making a direct investment in the health of this community.”

Award-winning Healthcare

In 2016, national publications and organizations recognized IHS for excellence in several areas, including:

  • U.S. News and World Report awarded a rating of “high performing” to Iredell Memorial Hospital for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure care.
  • The Leapfrog Group awarded an “A” grade to Iredell Memorial Hospital in its Hospital Safety Guide. Iredell Memorial was the only hospital in Iredell County to earn an “A” on the report.
  • For the second year in a row, UnitedHealthcare recognized Iredell Physician Network for its high quality of services and attention to preventive care. Iredell Physician Network (IPN) met or exceeded goals in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage Primary Care Physician Incentive Program (MA-PCPi).
  • Iredell Memorial became one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Iredell Memorial was selected for this distinction because of its high-quality and cost-efficient maternity care.
  • Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center received Center for Distinction and Center for Excellence by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of wound care services. The awards recognize outstanding patient outcomes.

Excellence in Cardiovascular Care

From preventive care to life-saving interventions, IHS strengthened its focus on cardiovascular care in 2016.

  • Iredell Health System developed a cardiology clinical co-management agreement which increases cooperation between local cardiologists and Iredell Memorial Hospital. The agreement allows those involved to develop the best plan for the quality and efficiency of cardiology services offered at Iredell Memorial.
  • Iredell Memorial Hospital became the only hospital in Iredell County to consecutively earn the status of being a Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus center, a designation given to facilities that meet aggressive standards for treatment, as set by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
  • Critically-ill heart patients received life-saving, cutting-edge treatment at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Using the Impella heart pump, Interventional Cardiologist Charles Deberardinis provided an advanced option most often seen at larger, urban hospitals for local heart failure patients.
  • The hospital was awarded a Gold Plus designation as a Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus center by the American Heart Association.
  • Iredell Memorial was again certified as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Expert Orthopedic Care and NeuroSpine Treatment

  • IHS strengthened its partnership with Piedmont HealthCare to provide the most comprehensive orthopedic care in the county. Dr. Jason Batley, who has worked to prepare Olympic athletes for competition, treats a number of conditions from tendonitis to fractures.

Dr. Brett Feldman, who joined Piedmont Healthcare in 2016, is the only orthopedic surgeon in Iredell County board certified in foot and ankle.

  • Minimally invasive procedures offered by Neurosurgeon Peter Miller helped patients to heal faster and have less pain. Dr. Miller is able to perform complex spine surgery through a narrow tube, a method which can reduce recovery times.
  • Iredell Memorial Hospital was designated as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program. Blue Distinction Centers are shown to deliver improved safety and better health outcomes at a value for patients.

Advances in Technology

  • Iredell Health System upgraded to a more spacious and comfortable Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. The MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T provides highly detailed images, allowing both physicians and patients to have greater diagnostic confidence.
  • The Iredell Women’s Health Center introduced 3D mammography, a new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool which improves early detection of breast cancer.
  • IMSS Analytics announced Iredell Memorial Hospital has achieved Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). Upgrades to medical record keeping help physicians and other care providers better track patient history with more detail.

A Year of Growth

Along with infrastructure upgrades at Iredell Memorial, Iredell Health System added providers, started new programs and improved facilities to enhance the patient experience.

  • New providers joined the Iredell Physician Network, allowing IPN to provide even more comprehensive care for patients. The new providers include Tammera Park, PA-C of Family Care Center of Mocksville; Jodi Stutts, MD, at Iredell Family Medicine in Mooresville; and Lori Sumner, PA-C, of Pellegrino Family Medicine.
  • Iredell Corporate Wellness added new clients including Kewaunee Scientific Corporation, Vanity Fair, Doosan Portable Power, Hancock and Moore, and Craftmaster. Iredell Health System offers a variety of services to corporate health clients, including employee wellness screenings and onsite health clinics staffed by nurse practitioners.
  • A cardiopulmonary expansion enlarged patient space and decreased the number of patients waiting to be admitted to the pulmonary rehabilitation program. The safe environment has the necessary equipment to help patients achieve and maintain optimal health.
  • IHS launched Iredell Healthy Weight, a comprehensive, individualized approach to weight loss. Led by Yvette Pellegrino, MD, FAAFP, Iredell Healthy Weight incorporates all components needed for a healthy lifestyle: nutrition, physical activity and behavior change.

Contributions to the Community

  • Employees pledged more than $107,000 in donations to the United Way of Iredell County, a 40 percent increase from the previous year. It was the largest employee-based donation from any group to the United Way of Iredell County since 2008.
  • More than 200 uninsured and underinsured received potentially life-saving mammograms through the IHS Mammography Fund.
  • The Iredell Memorial Golf Classic, raising $110k 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.
  • IHS marked its seventeenth year of providing the Living with Cancer community support group.
  • IHS sponsored various community events, providing important health information to people in attendance. The Health System also contributed and/or sponsored a large array of organizations and events across its service area.

IHS Prepares for the Future

In 2017, patients will see the completion of the Iredell Memorial Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. The new state of the art cardiovascular center will offer a full range of services in one convenient location.

Other projects planned for 2017 include:

  • Renovation and expansion of one of the main operating rooms to make it more efficient for technologically advanced procedures.
  • Renovation and upgrades to the hospital’s lower level entrance, including the entrance to radiology.

IHS will continue to assess and expand services in order to keep the citizens of Iredell County here at home for their care.

“Because of our accomplishments in 2016, we are excited about what we can achieve going forward,” said Rush. “We want our neighbors to feel confident that they can depend on us to provide excellent and affordable care for years to come.

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