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.
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.