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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Receives the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety

Award recognizes safe surgery practices and lower rates for complications and infections

Release Date: March 13, 2017
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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been named one of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women's Choice Award®, America's trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. To qualify for this award, a hospital must be in the top 15% of U.S. hospitals for patient safety. Hugh Chatham ranked in the top 1% of all U.S. hospitals.

Healthcare has made significant strides in patient safety in recent years. Hospital-acquired conditions declined 21% from 2010 to 2015, resulting in 125,000 fewer patient deaths according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hospital-acquired conditions are conditions that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else. "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."

According to Hugh Chatham CEO Paul Hammes, "Our vision is to be the nation's leading community hospital, and nothing is more important than keeping our patients safe. This award confirms our deep commitment to patient safety, and is a testament to our exceptional physicians and staff."

The methodology used to select Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital as one of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety is unique in that it evaluates complication and infection rates, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results, and primary research about women's healthcare preferences. To receive the award, hospitals must also use an Inpatient Safe Surgery Checklist to assess effective communication and safe practices during three operative stages: prior to administration of anesthesia; prior to skin incision; and prior to the patient leaving the operating room or procedural area. Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is one of 451 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for patient safety in the U.S. by the Women's Choice Award.

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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 a seamless and convenient health care experience to communities in the Yadkin Valley and foothills region of North Carolina. Employing more than 800 staff members, Hugh Chatham includes a medical group of more than 50 providers who provide patient-and family-centered care across 24 locations and six 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.

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 2016 for a second 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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