Special to Iredell Free News

Veteran fundraising professional Jen Balog has been hired as executive director of the Iredell Health Foundation.

Jen Balog

Balog has 13 years of experience in development and fundraising, working for several national organizations, including the American Red Cross, United Way, and the American Heart Association. In the hospital setting, Balog has served as the foundation director at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, N.Y., and as the assistant vice president for development at Upstate Medicine University in Syracuse, N.Y.

In her new role, Balog will oversee the operations of the Iredell Health Foundation, developing resources to support the health system in providing access to the best healthcare available. She hopes to connect the passion of grateful patients and their families to the overall mission and goals of the organization.

Balog said she is excited to be a part of and serve her new community.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be working with this community. My greatest hope is that we can make an impact together. Not only will the community benefit from this foundation, but it’s also a way for them to engage with the foundation’s mission,” she said. “Working with patients and their families, hearing their stories, and connecting their stories and passions to the goals of the organization is the most rewarding part.”

Balog earned her associate’s degree in radiation therapy from Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y., and a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. She later received a Master of Healthcare Administration from Utica College. Balog is a certified fundraising executive and a chartered advisor in philanthropy.

In her free time, Balog loves all things outdoors. She enjoys competing in triathlons, hiking, and sailing with her husband.


To learn more about the Iredell Health Foundation or to make a donation, please visit iredelhealthfoundation.org.

About Iredell Health System

Iredell Health System includes Iredell Memorial Hospital; Iredell Mooresville; Iredell Home Health; Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center; Community and Corporate Wellness; Occupational Medicine; the Iredell Physician Network and more. Iredell Memorial Hospital is the largest and only nonprofit hospital in Iredell County. The comprehensive healthcare facility has 247 beds; more than 1,700 employees; and has 260 physicians representing various specialties. Centers of excellence include Women’s and Children’s; Cardiovascular; Cancer; Surgical Services and Wellness & Prevention. The Health System’s newest campus, Iredell Mooresville, is home to the area’s only 24-hour urgent care facility, as well as an ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, rehabilitation services, and physician practices. The mission of Iredell Health System is to inspire wellbeing. For a comprehensive list of services and programs, visit www.iredellhealth.org.