During his 41 year career with Iredell Health System, Tim Jones has helped
bring groundbreaking medical technology to the people of Iredell County,
to invest in advanced, state-of-the-art equipment that has ultimately
resulted in improved
treatments for patients.
At the end of June, Jones retired as Iredell’s Director of Radiology
Services, but not before taking time to reflect on how his field has evolved
and the impact he has seen new technology have on the community.
How did you get your start at Iredell Memorial?
I first came to Iredell Memorial Hospital in 1976. I was in school for
at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and the associate professor was the
radiologist at the time at Iredell Memorial. They were starting the nuclear
medicine program here and he asked
me to come and take it over.
How has radiology changed during your time at IMH?
Radiology has developed into an area that is totally immersed in the practice of
medicine. General X-ray had been an integral part of healthcare for many
decades. We saw
Nuclear Medicine Ultrasound and CT scanning become part of the norm in
We were involved with MRI coming to Iredell County. This equipment has
allowed physicians to discover disease in earlier stages or pinpoint a
particular problem. I have seen how
this technology is really improving the level of care we can offer the
community and in
many cases it has saved lives.
What has been your most significant accomplishment?
The most significant accomplishment for the radiology department during
my time here has
been our involvement in the Certificate of Need process to get PET CT
scan here at Iredell
Memorial. That’s just not something you see in a community hospital.
With the support of our CEO Ed Rush and many other people we were able
to make that happen. Being involved in that process, that’s a huge
What will you miss about working here?
I’ll miss the people and patients and the day to day conversation.
It was truly a privilege to
take care of the people I've taken care of and work with the people
I've worked with over the
years. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities offered to me over
the years at
Iredell Memorial and the staff and physicians I have had the pleasure
of working with in my career.