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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Earns "A" Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Elkin, N.C., Oct. 31, 2016 – Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has again received an "A" grade for its outcomes related to patient safety, receiving The Leapfrog Group's top score in the recently released fall 2016 Hospital Safety Grade report. The hospital, which has received an "A" grade in six consecutive semiannual reporting periods, ranks among the safest hospitals in the nation and in North Carolina.

"Eliminating preventable harm to patients is an absolute imperative in healthcare. This continued recognition from The Leapfrog Group speaks to our organizational commitment to a culture of safety. Safe patient care is our number one priority," said Paul Hammes, chief executive officer of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.

"Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital," added Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We recognize and appreciate 'A' hospitals' vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe."

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, and free to the public. Among the 2,633 U.S. hospitals graded in the Fall 2016 report, 844 earned an "A," 658 earned a "B," 954 earned a "C," 157 earned a "D" and 20 earned an "F." Forty-three out of 78 hospitals in North Carolina that were scored received an "A" grade.

To see Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital’s full grade, and to access safety tips for patients, visit or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download a free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

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 a seamless and convenient health care experience to communities in the Yadkin Valley and foothills region of North Carolina. Employing more than 800, Hugh Chatham includes a medical group of more than 50 providers who provide patient- and family-centered care across 23 locations and five counties. Headquartered in Elkin, North Carolina, Hugh Chatham is a leader in using technology to coordinate care for patients and to provide opportunities for patients to interact with the health system. For more information, please visit our website at You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter @HughChatham and on Linkedin.

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