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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Receives 2019 Women’s Choice Awards® in Two Categories for Third Consecutive Year

ELKIN, N.C. – Dec. 1, 2018 – Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety in addition to one of America’s Best Stroke Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.

The America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety award signifies that Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is in the top 8% of 4,797 U.S. hospitals for patient safety. 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. 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 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) measures of infections and complications, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient safety based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

The America’s Best Stroke Center award signifies that Hugh Chatham is in the top 9% of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering stroke care services. 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 women as breast cancer. Most alarming, the percentage of strokes in women under age 45 is increasing, with studies showing these women are more likely to be misdiagnosed. A stroke center must be certified by the Joint Commission Stroke Certification Program as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and/or Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center to be considered for the award. It is the only award recognizing excellence in stroke care based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital is one of 399 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for patient safety in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award. They are one of 439 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for stroke care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

“This is a testament to our ongoing commitment to the families within our community. We could not have achieved this exceptional recognition, for three consecutive years, without the hard work, support, and ongoing commitment from each of our employees,” said Paul Hammes, CEO of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. For more information about the America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety, please click here.

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About Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital  Hugh Chatham (www.hughchatham.org) 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 has been honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for three consecutive years. Visit the Women's Choice Award 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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