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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Recognized As a Community Value Five-Star Hospital®

Elkin, N.C. — Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a top-ranked hospital in the nation and in North Carolina in terms of the value the health system provides to the communities it serves.

The recognition comes from Cleverley + Associates, a national health care data and consulting firm which named Hugh Chatham a Five-Star® Community Value hospital, placing it among the top 20 hospitals in North Carolina for providing exceptional value to the community.

In its 12th annual Community Value Index® study, Cleverley & Associates measured the value that hospitals provide to communities in four areas: financial viability and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing and quality performance. Fundamentally, the index found that a hospital provides value to the community when it is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting back into the facility, maintains a low cost structure, has reasonable charges, and provides high quality care to patients.

The index found that hospitals with the Community Value designation operate with a high degree of community value and continuously give back to the communities they serve. In 2014 alone, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital provided more than $21.5 million in community benefit and $4.36 million in charity care for patients unable to pay for services.

“Hugh Chatham is pleased to receive this recognition, because we strive to provide the highest quality of care available to patients and communities, understanding that it also needs to be cost-effective,” said Paul Hammes, chief executive officer. “This five-star hospital designation confirms that people who live and work in the Yadkin Valley and southwest Virginia have no need to travel far to get high-quality, affordable care,” he added.

About Hugh Chatham

Hugh Chatham is a not-for-profit community health care system delivering seamless and convenient health care to communities in the Yadkin Valley region of North Carolina and Virginia. With more than 800 employees, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital includes a medical group of 50 providers who deliver patient-and family-centered care across more than 20 locations. Headquartered in Elkin, North Carolina, Hugh Chatham is nationally recognized for its use of technology to coordinate care and provide opportunities for patients to interact with their healthcare team. For more information, please visit our web site at You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Cleverly & Associates

Cleverly & Associates, headquartered in Ohio, specializes in custom data analyses and reporting for health care providers, consultants and vendors. The company’s main focus is to provide health care providers with solutions and recommendations that will enhance their financial performance through better pricing decisions, improved coding, capital restructuring, cost and productivity enhancements, and/or investment management changes. For a complete listing of hospitals included in the Community Value Lists, visit

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