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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Receives 9th Consecutive ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

ELKIN, N.C. – April 26, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“The first obligation of any healthcare provider is to keep their patients, who entrust their very lives to us, safe from harm,” said Paul Hammes, CEO of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. “This 9th consecutive “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group signals our commitment to clinical quality and patient safety, and is a testament to the caliber and commitment of our physicians and staff.”

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Facebook.

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.

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.

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