Today, CaroMont Health celebrated Veterans Day to honor all those who have
served or are serving in the U.S. military at its Inaugural ‘Heritage
Day’. Local veterans, community leaders, CaroMont officials and
staff all gathered to pay tribute to men and women whose dedication and
loyal service made freedom possible in this country. If not for these
veterans, CaroMont Regional Medical Center would not be what it is today.
“CaroMont Health is so proud to hold this special ceremony to salute
American veterans who throughout history and still today have made great
sacrifices for this country,” said Penny Cowden, Vice President,
Marketing & Communications, Chief Development Officer. “We salute
these men and women who have served our nation with honor, dignity and
Among these, was veteran, Bill Morris who served in World War II. Morris
started volunteering at the hospital in 1998, and was the first gentlemen
to assume the presidency of the GMH Auxiliary for the 2001-2002-term.
Every week Morris can be found seated at the hospital Visitor Information
Desk next to the War Memorial Courtyard greeting visitors and employees.
“I was proud to serve my country as a soldier,” expressed Morris.
“Then, later as a Marine—after retirement from business life—I
became a volunteer at GMH where I could be of service to visitors, patients
and fellow employees. I have enjoyed my over 14 years, and hope to spend
GMH is a direct outgrowth of the old City Hospital which opened with nine
beds in November 1908. Four years later, the hospital had outgrown its
original quarters and in 1912, moved to the third floor of the Realty
Building on Main Avenue, which today no longer stands. In 1924, the hospital
again relocated and was designed to accommodate 46 beds.
At the close of World War II, Gaston Post 23, American Legion, initiated
a drive to raise funds through public subscription to purchase the City
Hospital and enlarge it to meet the critical hospital needs of the community.
The name of the hospital was changed to CaroMont Regional Medical Center
in 1946, and a private not-for-profit corporation was formed under the
North Carolina General Statutes; this corporation still exists today.
The hospital, as stated in the Certificate of Incorporation, was to be
“… an adequate and perpetually useful memorial… to
those Gaston County veterans of World War II, and more particularly to
those veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice by giving up their lives
while serving in the armed forces during World War II.”
Much has changed since then, but GMH’s legacy of providing quality
care and service to the citizens of Gaston County still remains. CaroMont
Health, the parent company for GMH, continues to grow to better meet the
needs of the community.
About CaroMont Health
CaroMont Health, the parent company for
CaroMont Regional Medical Center
has more than 3,800 employees, 43 medical practices, and eight affiliates.
A Magnet hospital for nursing excellence and quality patient care,
CaroMont Regional Medical Center
is a 435-bed acute care facility supported by a medical staff of more than
CaroMont Health’s mission is to provide exceptional health care to
the communities it serves, and in 2012, it has been recognized by the
Healthiest Employer Award by Charlotte Business Journal
Thomson and Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital
Thompson and Reuters 100 Top Hospital
Premier Alliance Quality Advisor Top Performer Award
Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
Health Grades Excellence Award for Emergency Medicine
Health Grades Americas 100 Best for Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Spine
Surgery, Women’s Health
Leapfrog Hospital Safety ScoreSM Grade A for Patient Safety
Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Best Community Hospital
The America’s 100 Best Hospitals in Critical Care for Second Consecutive Year
CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can
be reached at (704) 834-2000. Additional information is available at