Hugh Chatham News & Notes

Hospital Receives Top Grade For Patient Safety

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has received an "A" grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national program that works to reward hospitals that provide high levels of care.

The organization looks at 28 measures of patient safety, including the prevention of errors, infections, injuries and medication mix-ups. The report is available at

"This acknowledgement is further demonstration that our doctors, nurses and staff are totally committed to positive patient outcomes and for the care and well-being of everyone in our community,” said Paul Hammes, Hugh Chatham's Chief Executive Officer. “It has been a great year for our hospital, and we’re looking forward to building on our strengths and expanding our reach as a regional destination for healthcare in northwest North Carolina."

Earlier this year, Hugh Chatham was awarded the Women’s Choice Award for Patient Care; its Primary Stroke Center was presented with Get With The Guidelines Silver Award; and its Radiation Oncology department was certified by the American College of Radiology.

The study by Leapfrog included research on infections, medication errors, acquired injuries like bedsores, hand hygiene, respiratory failure, and other sources of harm that can be fatal.

The study also included reviewing data publicly available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare survey, its own survey, and secondary data sources. Categories were evaluated, weighted and combined to produce the grade.

The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at mobilizing employer purchasing power to alert America’s health industry that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its employer members to encourage transparency and easy access to healthcare information, as well as rewards hospitals that have a proven record of high quality care.

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