HCMH earns ‘A’ grade for patient safety

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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has again received an “A” grade for its commitment to protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Leapfrog Group awarded Hugh Chatham another top score in the recently released spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score.

The hospital has now received an “A” grade in five consecutive semiannual reporting periods.

“Eliminating preventable harm to patients is an absolute imperative. This continued recognition from the Leapfrog Group speaks to our organizational and cultural commitment to patient safety as the top priority for our employees and medical staff,” said Paul Hammes, chief executive officer of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital.

Hospital Safety Scores are calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, using 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder said in a news release.

To see how Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Hugh Chatham is a not-for-profit community health care network of physician clinics and 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 45 providers and nearly 800 employees who provide patient-and family-centered care at 20 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 web site at HughChatham.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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