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
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
- An O-Arm surgical imaging system was installed at IMH, used for complex spinal
- A Radiation Therapy CT Simulator was also installed at IMH.
- All televisions in IMH were upgraded to flat panels with digital high-definition service.
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
- 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 Iredell Physician Network also grew significantly in 2015, with the
addition of the following
- 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.
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
- IHS marked its sixteenth year of providing the Living with Cancer community support
- 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.
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
- 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
- IHS received the Duke Endowment Grant for Care Transitions, aimed to reduce
“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
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