Thomasville Medical Center

Our history

Since 1930, Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center has met the medical needs of the community. We're proud to be your community hospital and proud of our history with you.

The original City Memorial Hospital of Thomasville, organized by community leaders T.A. Finch, C.H. Phillips, Doak Finch, James R. Lambeth, and A. H. Ragan, opened its doors in July 1930 with 31 beds. In 1934, the Nurses' Home adjacent to the hospital was built.

Many healthcare firsts for the area

The hospital opened the first intensive care unit in the area in 1966 to give specialized care to coronary and critically-ill patients. Before the unit opened, the nearest intensive care units were at Duke, NC Memorial, Baptist and Charlotte Memorial hospitals. The hospital also pioneered one of the first cardiac rehabilitation programs in the area when they established Piedmont Cardiac Rehab, located at the Tom A. Finch Community YMCA.

Hospital Guild

In 1967, the Hospital Guild of Thomasville was formed. As part of the guild legacy, this volunteer group played an important role in the development of the medical center: purchasing major equipment, establishing the Hospitality Shop, co-sponsoring  An Evening of Music  and the establishment of an educational scholarship to assist those going into the medical field.

New name, location and services

On January 1, 1971, the hospital name was officially changed to Community General Hospital of Thomasville. The facility was moved to a new location July 7,1971 after a $1.5 million community fund drive. A new emergency room, outpatient surgery department and radiology department were added in 1983. In 1986, the Outpatient Cancer Treatment Center opened to bring cancer services close to home for patients and families. In 1988, the new intensive care, coronary care and pediatric units were opened. In September 1988, The Learning Place opened, establishing Community General as one of the first Triad hospitals to establish on-site child care. In November 1997, Community General merged with Novant Health, joining Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem and Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte.

Thomasville Medical Center

In March 2001, Community General Hospital of Thomasville officially changed its name to Thomasville Medical Center and in June, opened the largest addition since moving to its present site. The $9.3 million expansion included state-of-the-art operating rooms, an outpatient multi-specialty clinic, and renovation of an existing 31,000-square foot space. To better meet the healthcare needs of the community, the medical center also established centers of excellence to focus on specific healthcare issues including the nationally-accredited Sleep Disorders Center, the nationally-accredited Heart & Vascular Center, the nationally-accredited Neurosciences Center, the Women's Center and the Behavioral Health Center – all of which combine the latest treatment options with a team of medical experts.

New emergency department

In 2008, Thomasville Medical Center opened a new $10 million emergency department and expanded the number of treatment rooms from 10 to 27. Also located in the emergency department is a minor care treatment area for those medical emergencies that are less critical, our nationally-recognized chest pain and stroke centers, the county's only SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) room, a new digital radiology system, and a $1.5 million, 64-slice CT scanner. When it comes to emergencies, we know that every second counts.

Women's Center and Women's Heart Center

In January 2012, the new Women's Center opened featuring a new nursery, birthing suites and postpartum rooms to accommodate today's parents. From birth-to-teen-to-grandmother and beyond, the Women's Center offers services that cover every facet of a woman's life including our Mommy and Me class, Daddy Boot Camp, and online nursery. 

Knowing that no two women are alike, we opened our Women's Heart Center in February 2012 to provide a comprehensive heart-risk assessment to pinpoint personal risk factors and set goals to improve women's health. We became a Spirit of Women hospital in May 2012, joining an elite coalition of American hospitals and healthcare providers that ascribe to high standards of excellence in women's health, education and community outreach.

Geriatric behavioral health unit

Our expansion in May 2012 added an additional 12 beds to our inpatient behavioral health unit, enabling us to serve up to 45 inpatients in this specialty unit designed to meet the unique medical needs of those age 55 and older.

Thomasville Medical Center was awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification through DNV (Det Norske Veritas) Healthcare in 2013 becoming the second hospital in North Carolina to achieve this ISO 9001:2008 certification, an international quality management system certification. In this same year, NHTMC also received Certification of Inpatient COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ) program becoming the first hospital in NC and the eighth in United States to earn this certification.

In December 2014 Thomasville Medical Center received STAR (Survivorship training and rehab for cancer patients) Certification reinforcing Novant Health’s commitment to offer premier cancer rehab and survivorship services to patients facing life-limiting side effects caused by cancer or its treatment.

The hospital launched a fully integrated electronic medical record in March 2015 providing patients up-to-date and complete information at each point of care throughout the Novant Health system and enabling more coordinated, efficient care.

With world-class technology, personal connections, and care that’s easier to access and understand, Novant Health is with you every step of the way on your journey to health and wellness.