ELKIN — Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been recognized as a top-ranked hospital in the nation and in North Carolina in terms of the value the health system provides to the communities it serves.
The recognition comes from Cleverley + Associates, a national health care data and consulting firm which named Hugh Chatham a Five-Star Community Value hospital, placing it among the top 20 hospitals in North Carolina for providing exceptional value to the community.
In its 12th annual Community Value Index study, Cleverley & Associates measured the value that hospitals provide to communities in four areas: financial viability and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing and quality performance. Fundamentally, the index found that a hospital provides value to the community when it is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting back into the facility, maintains a low cost structure, has reasonable charges, and provides high quality care to patients.
The index found that hospitals with the Community Value designation operate with a high degree of community value and continuously give back to the communities they serve. In 2014 alone, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital provided more than $21.5 million in community benefit and $4.36 million in charity care for patients unable to pay for services.
“Hugh Chatham is pleased to receive this recognition, because we strive to provide the highest quality of care available to patients and communities, understanding that it also needs to be cost-effective,” said Paul Hammes, chief executive officer. “This five-star hospital designation confirms that people who live and work in the Yadkin Valley and southwest Virginia have no need to travel far to get high-quality, affordable care,” he added.