The Community that Built CaroMont Health
Margaret Mead famously said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing
that ever has.” Her wise words feel particularly apt for us this
year, the 70th anniversary of CaroMont Health. See, our story of care in this community
begins with precisely a group like the one Mead describes: At the close
of World War II, concerned textile workers and Gaston Post 23, American
Legion, believed the region needed and deserved a public hospital so they
rallied together, pledging generously to donate a day’s wages, and
ultimately raised enough funds to purchase the overcrowded City Hospital.
In 1946, the name of the hospital was changed to Gaston Memorial Hospital
to honor Gaston County veterans, particularly those who paid the supreme
sacrifice by giving up their lives while serving in the armed forces during WWII.
Their purchase became Gaston Memorial Hospital—the foundation of
a health system that has now grown to serve not only Gastonia, but also
the surrounding region. Many things have changed since that fateful purchase.
CaroMont Health has expanded many times. We’ve added many more care
providers, earned awards and advanced the latest technology and treatments.
One thing remains the same, however, through the decades: our commitment
to the people of this community is as strong as it was in 1946.
In honor of 70 years, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how
far we’ve come and where we are today.