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.