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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Named Region's Best Hospital by Women's Choice Award®

Elkin, N.C., June 28, 2016 – Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been recognized with a Women's Choice Award® as the 2016 Region's Best Hospital for Surry, Wilkes, Alleghany, Yadkin, Davie, Alexander and Iredell counties in North Carolina.

Hospitals are selected for this prestigious award based on a scoring process that assesses the relative performance of hospitals in the region. Consideration is given to their Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient satisfaction scores as well as their performance on patient safety and emergency care measures.

"The employees and medical staff of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital are excited and honored to be named the Region's Best Hospital," said Paul Hammes, chief executive officer. "This award is especially gratifying because it confirms that we met or exceeded the high expectations of women who have entrusted their care to us."

"In addition to providing high quality, safe care, establishing trusting relationships with all of our patients is essential. They often come to the hospital feeling concerned and vulnerable, and so we encourage our patients to speak up, ask questions and to tell us about their needs. When we understand not only how they are doing clinically, but also how they are feeling emotionally, we can be more responsive, respectful and reassuring," he added.

"Women make or influence more than 85 percent of all healthcare decisions for themselves and their families," said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women's Choice Award® and former publisher of Working Mother and Working Women magazines. "Recognizing the top hospitals nationwide that are women-friendly and that align with women's identified preferences is important to our mission at the Women's Choice Award®, where we are women helping women make smart choices."

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 region of North Carolina and Virginia. Hugh Chatham includes a medical group of more than 50 providers and nearly 800 employees who provide patient- and family-centered care at 23 locations. 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. For more information, please visit our website at You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Women's Choice Award®

The Women's Choice Award® sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices through education, empowerment, and validation. Awards are determined by evidence-based research and identify the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women. Visit to learn more.

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