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Wake Forest Baptist and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Partner to Improve Patient Access to Clinical Services and Enhance Health Care Coordination in Alleghany County

WINSTON-SALEM and ELKIN, N.C. – Feb. 1, 2018 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital today announced a partnership to ensure the future of Alleghany Memorial Hospital (AMH).

Under the agreement, effective today, Wake Forest Baptist and Hugh Chatham create a 50-50 joint venture called Alleghany Health, LLC, which will become the full owner of AMH.

The goal of the joint venture is to ensure fiscal stability for AMH and to enhance coordination of patient care and access to clinical services across the region.

Under the agreement, AMH agreed to work with the local community to raise at least $6 million in donations toward the future capital needs of the organization.

"Wake Forest Baptist is excited about the possibilities this partnership brings to the Alleghany County community,” said James W. Hoekstra, M.D., senior vice president and associate dean, clinical and academic network development at Wake Forest Baptist. "The goal has been to maintain the long term stability of accessible, high quality medical care for the residents of Alleghany County. This partnership should accomplish that goal."

The agreement formalizes the existing collaborative and population health-focused efforts among the three health care institutions in Elkin, Sparta and Winston-Salem to improve the health of those who live in northwestern North Carolina’s communities.

“Hugh Chatham has been honored to serve Alleghany County’s health care needs for generations,” said Paul Hammes, CEO, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. “This partnership, and investment, underscores our commitment to ensure convenient access to high quality health care for years to come.”

AMH will benefit from improved scale economies, and even greater access to specialized care and expertise.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for AMH and the communities we serve,” said AMH President Craig James. “In today’s changing and uncertain health care environment, our small rural hospital is very fortunate to have strong partnerships with Hugh Chatham Memorial and Wake Forest Baptist.”

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center ( is a nationally prominent academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an integrated health care network that incorporates hospitals, clinics, physician practices, diagnostic centers and other primary and specialty care facilities serving the residents of 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The Medical Center’s divisions are Wake Forest Baptist Health, a regional clinical system that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital,  three community hospitals, approximately 150 locations and more than 1,300 physicians and 1,159 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized national leader in cutting-edge research and experiential medical education; and Wake Forest Innovations, which commercializes the discoveries and research capabilities of the Medical Center and operates Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, an urban district devoted to driving regional economic growth and building vibrant community. Wake Forest Baptist clinical, research and educational programs are consistently rated among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

About Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital  Hugh Chatham ( is a not-for-profit community health care network of physician clinics and an 81-bed acute care hospital that delivers high quality, convenient health care to residents of the Yadkin Valley and Foothills region of North Carolina and parts of southwestern Virginia. Employing more than 800 team members, Hugh Chatham includes a medical group of more than 50 providers across 24 locations and five counties. Headquartered in Elkin, North Carolina, Hugh Chatham is a leader in using technology to coordinate care for patients and to make healthcare more accessible, and cost-effective.

Memorial Hospital (AMH) (, located in Sparta, North Carolina., is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital serving the health care needs of Alleghany County, North Carolina and Grayson County, Virginia.  AMH offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services and a 24-hour ER in addition to specialty clinics in cardiology, hematology/oncology, urology, gastroenterology and pulmonary/sleep studies in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Additional clinics are offered for ear, nose and throat disorders. General surgery, orthopedic, and podiatry services are offered in collaboration with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.

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