Special to Iredell Free News

Iredell Health System, in partnership with the Iredell Physician Network, is pleased to welcome Nurse Practitioner Dana Pennell Short to Family Care Center of Taylorsville.

Dana Short, FNP-C

Short has eight years of experience as a family nurse practitioner. Prior to earning her FNP certification, she spent 24 years as a nurse in various medical units, including critical care, emergency room, and telemetry.

Short believes in an all-encompassing approach to medical care, which involves treating the whole person, not just their symptoms. She helps patients meet their needs so they may have higher quality of life. Her goal is to build a trusting relationship with her patients and encourage routine preventive care.

Short’s patients can expect to be treated with kindness and care in a relaxed, calming environment.

“I create a laid-back atmosphere so patients can ease their minds and open up to me. I want my patients to feel as comfortable as possible,” said Short.

Short received her bachelor of science in nursing and her master’s in nursing as a family nurse practitioner from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. She is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Short is an active member of her church as both a youth leader and a Sunday school teacher.

When not treating patients, Short loves to spend time with her husband, two children, and two grandchildren. She also enjoys four-wheeling, working outside in her yard, and hunting.

Her favorite health tip is to get enough sleep each night.


Short will practice at Family Care Center of Taylorsville, located at 1668 Hwy NC-16 South. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dana Short, please call 828-632-9736.

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.