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CHESS and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Announce Value-Based Care Collaboration

ELKIN, N.C. – April 18, 2018 – CHESS, a health enablement solutions company based in High Point, and Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, in Elkin, NC, announced a new collaboration to deliver high quality, coordinated care to Hugh Chatham patients. In this partnership, CHESS and Hugh Chatham will work together to care for patients through a value-based model, rather than a fee-for-service model. A value-based care model rewards providers for improving the quality of care and patient health outcomes, while lowering the cost of care.

”Hugh Chatham is dedicated to providing exceptional, affordable healthcare to the communities we serve. We believe a value-based approach is best for patients, whose needs always come first and shape all that we do,” said Paul Hammes, Hugh Chatham CEO. “CHESS brings proven methods that improve quality and lower costs, and which put our medical providers in the driver’s seat. We are excited about what the future holds.”

“CHESS seeks out health care organizations that have solid histories of providing quality care. Hugh Chatham Memorial is nationally recognized for high-quality care, with some of the highest patient satisfaction scores in the state, making this partnership the right move for everyone involved,” said James Hoekstra, M.D., CHESS Chief Business Development Officer. “We look forward to working with the providers and staff who make up Hugh Chatham Health’s network in North Carolina.”

CHESS has assisted a number of health systems in central and western North Carolina in making the transformation to value by implementing innovative care models and establishing value-based contracts with insurance carriers. CHESS’ value partners include Catawba Valley Medical Group, Park Ridge Health, Cornerstone Health Care and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

About Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital

Nestled in the western Piedmont wine country of North Carolina in Elkin, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (HCMH) has provided high-quality medical care for residents since 1931. A private, not-for-profit hospital, HCMH employs more than 800 people, and is served by more than 70 physicians representing 26 specialties and subspecialties. Hugh Chatham earned the prestigious Women’s Choice Award ® in 2018 for America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety and Stroke Center. Most recently, the hospital received its 9th consecutive "A" grade for patient safety from The LeapFrog Group.


CHESS is a physician-managed health care services company that empowers clinicians and health systems to make the transition to value-based medicine. Practicing medicine in a model where providers are financially rewarded for improving the quality of care and reducing the cost of care they deliver to patients allows for the introduction of innovative care models that improve outcomes. With careful attention to high quality and efficiency, CHESS negotiates payer contracts that enable physicians to share in cost savings and leverages advanced analytics to build and measure the success of the value transformation. CHESS creates a health care environment that is both patient-centered and clinician-friendly.

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