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We must continue to innovate to move our community forward

12-27-2016

The Gaston Gazette recently published an article in their paper authored by Doug Luckett, President and CEO at CaroMont Health:

In a culture that relies heavily on the conveniences of technology, innovation is key to the success in any industry. At CaroMont Health, we are constantly striving for new ways to serve our expansive community through thoughtful, strategic innovation.

Innovation is what fueled us to open a school of nursing in 1947 that in its 26 years as a part of the hospital, graduated 307 students free of tuition. It’s what fueled us again in 1973 to relocate our main campus to our current site in order to better accommodate the growing number of patients we served in Gaston County. And it’s what fueled us yet again to invest $16.5 million and complete the 10,000-square-foot renovation of our main campus emergency department this year — a renovation that allowed us to create a separate space designed for pediatric care.

It’s people like the late Albert G. Myers Jr. — who is the namesake of the recently opened and above-mentioned Pediatric Care Center — and his family, who have continued to give and support health care in our community and have been steadfast in adopting and nurturing innovation in health care.

Mr. Myers was a first-person account of that dedication of innovation. Not only was he a passenger in the first ambulance to begin patient transport to the new campus in 1973, but he played a key role in the design and construction of the current hospital building by pushing for a new and emerging concept in hospital design that included all private patient rooms — something no other hospital in the country featured at that time. Now his legacy will help the more than 13,000 children in Gaston County that seek care from us every year to receive it in a safe, child-friendly environment for them and their families.

I believe that kind of vision and willingness to push beyond the norm should be celebrated. As chief executive officer, I’m fortunate to see every day the innovation that happens in the halls of our health system. From our state-of-the-art Birthplace, which welcomes an average of 2,500 babies into our community every year, to our world-class Cancer Center. We work hard to deliver world-class medicine to the region we are proud to call home.

To view the My Turn article, click here.

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