Health Commission

Develop a community wide agenda to improve health.

Identify opportunities for people and organizations to work together to improve healthcare in the community.

Develop strategies to contain overall community healthcare costs.

Create a forum so that diverse groups can participate in dialogue about healthiness, healthcare and resource allocation in Gaston County.

The results of these efforts are expected to be a cooperative set of actions in preventing, as well as treating sickness for more people at a cost acceptable to the community.

The commission was formally initiated by Gaston Health Care Inc. on Sept. 28, 1992.

It was formally recognized by the Gaston County Board of Commissioners on Oct. 29, 1992.

In April and May of 1993, a community needs assessment was conducted with the assistance of a medical consulting firm to identify the most important health issues affecting the population of Gaston County. This document helped the Commission to determine its areas of focus and related project groups.

Helps victims of disaster and families whose homes have burned. Also offers help with communications to and from military families. Teaches first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and water safety classes. Blood services also provided. Serves the Gaston County area. Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Answering service and disaster team on 24-hour call.

190 S. Oakland St.
Gastonia 28053
Phone: (704) 864-2623

Aids local cancer patients and educates the general public about cancer. Provides counseling and support groups for cancer patients, financial assistance for medications and dressings and a loan closet for medical equipment and sick-room supplies. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

220 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia 28052
(704) 864-1271 or

(704) 866-8581

Gaston Memorial Hospital
2525 Court Drive
Gastonia 28052
Phone: (704) 834-2000

Information and referral, including distress calls for financial help and information on diet and heart ailments. Also offers blood pressure checks, cholesterol screening, educational programs, support groups, loan closet for medical equipment.

220 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia 28052
Phone: (704) 865-1214

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Gaston Memorial Hospital is a 442-bed hospital with all private rooms. It serves residents of Gaston County and surrounding areas.

GMH’s parent company, CaroMont Health, employs more than 2,600 people, making it one of the county’s largest employers. More than 250 doctors representing more than 30 medical specialties are members of Gaston Memorial’s medical staff. More than 100,000 patients are served each year.

For more information, call (704) 834-2226, or visit on the Web at

Open-heart surgery is the newest cardiac procedure being offered at Gaston Memorial. Combined with other heart services including cardiac catheterization, cardiac rehabilitation, a pacemaker clinic, a monthly cardiac support group and many cardiac diagnostic services, The Gaston Heart Center, Carolinas Heart Institute Gastonia, is a comprehensive cardiac care program.

Cardiologists from the Sanger Clinic, Mid Carolina Cardiology and Gaston Internal Medicine work with a special team of radiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, techs and other patient care staff to offer the best care to our heart patients.

The 12-bed Cardiovascular Surgery Unit prepares patients for surgery and cares for them as they recuperate. A Coronary Care intensive care unit for seriously ill patients and its step-down sister unit, Progressive Coronary Care, for patients with less serious heart conditions, have state-of-the-art equipment and well-trained staff.

Special clinical paths administered by health care professionals help patients with heart attacks, congestive heart failure or angine recover and return home quickly.

Gaston Healthcare
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Gaston Memorial provides physical, psychosocial and educational services to cancer patients and their families.

The center’s 31-bed oncology unit offers advanced proven cancer treatments, including an outpatient chemotherapy program. Nurses give patients instructions to make treatments as comfortable as possible. A family room is available for family members to relax and even spend the night. Patients and families also may attend a variety of support groups.

The Pain Center helps patients who are diagnosed with cancer pinpoint and describe their pain symptoms. Medical and radiation oncologists, an anesthesiologist, a psychologist, a nurse clinician and a pharmacist will review the case and make recommendations for treating pain.

The center’s Radiation Oncology Center provides high-tech cancer treatment with two linear accelerators which deliver radiation to the desired area with no effect on surrounding healthy cells. The cancer center also offers a Tumor Registry, which tracks statistics on cancer patients and provides lifetime follow-up on each patient.

A comprehensive support program, POWER, offers exercise, information, a support group and education for people in all stages of treatment.

Gaston Memorial offers advanced care for the orthopedic patient including a Total Joint Replacement program designed to help patients return home and recover faster.

Orthopedic physicians work with nurses, physical therapists and technicians who help patients through surgery, recovery and rehabilitation. The 48-bed unit provides extensive education on recuperation at home following hospitalization.

More than 6,000 surgical procedures are performed each year in eight operating rooms and two cystoscopy rooms in a high-technology setting. Surgeons use three different lasers in a minimally invasive program, which includes gall bladder removal, appendectomies, kidney stone elimination, hernia repair and some hysterectomies.

Only small incisions are required for many of these procedures, which reduce post-operative pain and length of hospital stay. Other advanced procedures available include sinus endoscopy, arthroscopic surgery and podiatry. The department provides comprehensive anesthesia services with an active pain control program featuring patient-controlled analgesia.

Services are provided by more than 50 doctors with support from certified nurses and surgical technologists.

Gaston HeathcareTHE BIRTHPLACE
Gaston Memorial Hospital has 24 birthing suites where each mother remains in one room for the entire process of labor, birth, recovery and postpartum care. Babies may stay in the room or in the nursery.

The unit maintains an educational program for parents and families covering topics including birthing techniques, early pregnancy and a sibling class for expectant brothers and sisters.

When patients enter the unit, they use the Stork Express elevator, which brings them directly into the third-floor unit. Rooms are decorated to create a home-like atmosphere and include a VCR and whirlpool tub.

nclude WorkMed, occupational health services, pediatrics, intensive care units, pulmonary care, a pain center, psychiatric services, physical and occupational therapy and sports medicine. The hospital is equipped with the latest sophisticated technology, including four critical-care units, two high-tech CT scanners, MRI and mobile lithotripsy.

Phone: (704) 671-7804

Gaston Memorial Hospital is one of nine subsidiaries under the Gaston Health Care umbrella.

The others are:

  • The Diagnostic Center

  • Two First Health Care Centers — one in Belmont and the other in West Gastonia

  • Gaston Memorial Hospital Home Health Care

  • Gaston Ambulatory Surgery

  • Courtland Terrace Nursing Center

  • Gaston Health Resources — a group of physician practices

  • Hospice of Gaston County.

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The Gaston Chamber of Commerce
601 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, North Carolina 28052

Phone: 704-864-2621
Toll Free: 1-800-348-8461
Fax: 704-854-8723


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