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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Receives Two Women's Choice Award's® for 2018 as one of America's Best Hospitals Patient Safety & Stroke Centers

Release Date: December 01, 2017

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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been named one of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety and Best Stroke Centers by the Women's Choice Award®, America's trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.

"The recipients of the America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety award have led the country by implementing safe practices that have ultimately saved lives," said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women's Choice Award. "This recognition is critical for women as they make 80% of healthcare decisions and need to know they are putting themselves—and their family members—in safe hands."

Hugh Chatham is one of 522 award recipients, or approximately 10% of all US hospitals, that have met the highest standards for patient safety in the U.S. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient safety based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five women in the United States will have a stroke in her lifetime. Nearly 60% of stroke deaths are in women, and stroke kills twice as many as breast cancer.

Women's Choice CEO Ms. Passi added, "timely diagnosis and effective care are critical to preventing disability and improving chances of recovery. Our award educates women about where they and their loved ones have the best chance of returning to a full life following a stroke."

The methodology used to select Hugh Chatham as one of America's Best Stroke Centers is unique in that it evaluates 30 day stroke mortality and readmission rates along with primary research about women's healthcare preferences. Hugh Chatham's Stroke Center is one of 405 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standard for stroke care in the UD by the Women's Choice Award. As for the Stroke Centers award, it signifies the Center is in the top 8% of 4,812 US hospitals offering stroke care.

"We are honored to receive this recognition, which affirms our providers and employees dedication to superior quality, safety and service to our patients," said Paul Hammes, Chief Executive Officer for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.

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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 and parts of southwestern Virginia. 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.

About the Women's Choice Award®

The Women's Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women's Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2017 for a third consecutive year. Visit to learn more.

The information contained in this release is not permitted to be used in a non-press related context without the express prior written consent of the Women's Choice Award.

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