A 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. 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.
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 non-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. 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
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.
As numerous freestanding services were added to meet the needs of the community,
we became Iredell Health System. Today we employ approximately 1,600 people,
making us 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 non-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.
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. We are also supportive of many local events and organizations.
Award Winning Care
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.
The American Heart Association consistently recognizes Iredell Memorial
Hospital as a Get With The Guidelines-Stroke GOLD PLUS Achievement Award Hospital.