70 Years of Care

Where We've Been

CaroMont's history is rich in service, innovation and community spirit. Because our roots are planted deep in the Gaston area, we have grown with our community. It's been a rewarding journey so far—but this story has just begun. Read on to explore just a few of our most memorable milstones so far.

In the 1940s, Gastonia’s City Hospital was desperately overcrowded. Beds lined the halls; the hospital was flooded with injured veterans after World War II. Led by the Gaston American Legion, a group of local citizens organized a fundraising effort to purchase the hospital in the hope that public ownership would improve conditions. Textile workers from across the region pledged a day’s wage to support the purchase, which became known as Gaston Memorial Hospital.

Recognizing another dire need, Gaston Memorial Hospital’s next move was to establish a school of nursing. Tuition was free in order to help more students join the program. The school graduated 307 students before the program was transferred to Gaston College in 1973.

After multiple expansions, the hospital needed even more space—and thus relocated to its current site, where one of the region’s largest and most technologically advanced hospitals was built. It took staff and volunteers 5 hours and 20 ambulances to transfer 130 patients. The move began at 8 am, and by 1 pm, the first birth, death and surgery in the new facility had occurred.

The CaroMont Cancer Center was established. Since then, the program has grown significantly in staff and technology, providing state-of-the art treatment for patients and diagnosing more than 1,000 new cancer cases annually.

CaroMont Medical Group, a network of 47 primary and specialty physician offices covering 5 counties and 2 states, opened its doors in July. This addition gave the community an opportunity to experience CaroMont’s distinct care for health needs big and small.

With the addition of CaroMont’s unique orthopedic and neuro services program as well as another major hospital expansion, 2004 was a big year for CaroMont. The new Ortho and Neuro services program offered a leading-edge approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, and quickly grew to handle more than 600 joint replacements and 1,000 spine-related cases each year. The hospital expansion focused on adding the spacious new Birthplace facility, the largest single-room maternity care unit in the nation. Today, this beautiful, family-centered unit averages 210 births per month.

Physicians and staff from various cardiac programs came together to form CaroMont Heart—an advanced medical hub for improving cardiac care and heart health in Gaston County. This year, CaroMont’s Cancer Center was also recognized for outstanding achievement, earning an honored place in the top 2 percent of cancer programs nationwide.
CaroMont’s commitment to the health of our community expanded with the growth of CaroMont’s wellness initiative, a program designed to improve the health and wellbeing of employees and community residents through educational programs, events, nutrition assessments, health screenings and workshops, including smoking cessation and weight loss. The mobile mammography bus also took to the road for the first time this year, providing convenient, on-site mammograms to women across the county.
After many years as Gaston Memorial Hospital, the organization decided to change its name to CaroMont Regional Medical Center—a name that better reflected the hospital’s depth and range of services.
CaroMont’s first free-standing Emergency Room opened in Mount Holly, offering an innovative model of emergency and trauma care designed to minimize wait times. This easily accessed, modern, 28,000-square-foot facility provides additional, much-needed emergency services to the region. CaroMont also completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion and renovation to its existing emergency department at CaroMont Regional Medical Center to better serve our community.