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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Receives Eighth Consecutive "A" for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Release Date: November 2, 2017
Laura Oakes, Director of Marketing and Medical Staff Development
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The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, released earlier this week the most recent Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital was one of 832 awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

"Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital's A grade signals our commitment to providing the highest level of care to patients across the region" said Paul Hammes, Chief Executive Officer. "Our eighth consecutive A grade is especially significant, placing us among only 126 hospitals nationwide and 5 in North Carolina that have achieved this track record. Our community deserves the safest, highest quality care possible and while are pleased with our progress, we will never rest until the potential for harm has been completely eliminated from healthcare."

"It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An 'A' Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first."

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

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


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 Surveya 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 Grades, 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 high quality, convenient health care to residents of the Yadkin Valley and Foothills region of North Carolina. 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.

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