About IHS

d History of Iredell Health System

When Iredell Memorial Hospital opened in 1954, we were a 100-bed hospital with a mission focused on the well-being of the community we serve. Although we have grown to a 247-bed hospital to meet the needs of the community today, the buildings and grounds are still owned by the citizens of Iredell County and all revenue is reinvested in medical technology and staff. Because we are a not-for-profit hospital, our focus is on promoting health and wellness in our community, not on the bottom line.

Our dedication to our community is evident in the 5-star customer service awards we consistently receive. Because of the low turnover in staff and our high nurse-to-patient ratios, our patients receive continuity of care that is hard to find anywhere else. Our purpose is to provide advanced healthcare while maintaining the warmth and compassion of a community hospital, giving our patients the peace of mind that they are getting the best medical care available.

Photo shows Iredell Memorial Hospital and the surrounding area shortly after opening in 1954. The smaller building in the foreground is the Annex Building, which then served as a dormitory for nurses.

Iredell Health System was founded in 1954 with the opening of Iredell Memorial Hospital. The name, Iredell Memorial Hospital, was selected by a board of trustees as a memorial to all members of armed forces from Iredell County who gave their lives in defense of the United States.

For a more detailed, history, read our 60th anniversary history.

What once was a 100-bed hospital is now a strong, growing health system that includes a 247- bed hospital, Iredell Home Health, Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, Iredell Community & Corporate Wellness and the Iredell Physician Network.

Iredell Health System employs nearly 1,500 people, making it the third largest employer in Iredell County. There are approximately 260 physicians on staff representing a variety of specialties. Iredell offers convenient and easy access to state-of-the-art diagnostics and comprehensive health services.

Locally Owned and Managed

Iredell Health System is a not-for-profit organization that is locally owned and managed. This means there are no shareholders to pay dividends to. All profits remain in the community to maintain and upgrade technology, a highly skilled staff and to provide health and wellness services, to serve the community. The buildings and grounds of Iredell Memorial Hospital are owned by the citizens of Iredell County. The hospital receives no tax dollars and is leased from Iredell County by a local board of trustees. The operation of the hospital is the responsibility of a board of directors elected by, and chosen from among, the trustees.

People First

Iredell Health System continues to play a pivotal role in providing health care services to the uninsured and the underinsured in the county. Iredell Health System carefully considers each patient's ability to pay for their medical care. We are committed to treating patients who have financial needs with the same dignity and consideration that is extended to all of our patients. Of the $16 million delivered in community benefits last year, approximately 41percent was non-reimbursed charity care to support those with the greatest needs in our community.

Award Winning Care

In 2012, Iredell Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

Iredell Health System maintains a certified Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

The Joint Commission has certified Iredell Memorial Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center for our long-term success in improving the outcomes of stroke patients.