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The Community that Built CaroMont Health


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.

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