Our Historypristine setting on the mountainside, St. Luke's Hospital has been the community's leader for healthcare services for nearly a century. Tremendous changes have taken place in healthcare delivery since admitting our first patient on Nov. 8, 1929. A medical staff of three, four nurses, one housekeeper, a cook, a maid, and a houseman have given way to a team of nearly 300 healthcare professionals and vast advances in technology and resources.
St. Luke's Hospital, a critical access hospital that serves Polk County and upper South Carolina. We share an essential chapter in the county's history after two respected physicians, Dr. Allen J. Jervey and Dr. Marion C. Palmer, moved to Tryon, where the pure air and pristine views would aid patients' recovery. From Godshaw Hill, the Tryon Infirmary was moved to a new building on Trade Street and later to the beautiful stone structure on Carolina Drive. When that building was no longer viable for expansion, the community rallied to fund and build a brand new facility that in the early 1970s was state of the art.
Like many non-profit hospitals, St. Luke's relies on the generous support of this community. The St. Luke's Hospital Foundation, the Duke Endowment, the Polk County Community Foundation, Polk County Economic Development, and many others have helped keep medical care local and convenient.
Focused on our mission, our Board of Trustees applied in 2004 for Critical Access designation, a financial strategy that includes a more stable Medicare reimbursement. Another important and weighty decision was to partner with a more robust, healthier hospital system for management expertise, experience developing strong community-based clinical services, and participation in revenue and purchasing contracts.
In 2008, our Board selected Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System of Charlotte), and with Atrium Health's assistance, St. Luke's leadership created a strategic plan for growth and sustainability. Focused on goals to improve staff morale, aggressively manage productivity and expenses, deliver excellent customer service, and rebuild relationships with the medical community, St. Luke's Hospital experienced renewed ability to meet our community's healthcare needs.
This chapter in our community hospital's history speaks volumes that working as a team to overcome challenges, our Board, staff, and physicians share a strong belief in our purpose and mission to provide exceptional care close to home.