The response of Elkin-based Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital to the COVID-19 pandemic was detailed in a recent press release.

“In addressing the community’s health concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and its affiliates created new opportunities for patients. Hugh Chatham introduced virtual care, extended hours in primary care, specialty practices, and express care and urgent care locations while providing weekly vaccination clinics for all community members,” the release stated.

“COVID-19 has challenged the world, our nation, medical workers, and every individual, but Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital’s mission has been to provide greater access and exceptional care in a safe environment.”

In addition to vaccination clinics, Hugh Chatham partnered with management at businesses such as PVH Distribution Center in Jonesville and Unifi in Yadkinville, vaccinating hundreds of employees.

Within the last year, Hugh Chatham extended its hours and expanded service lines while providing individuals with access to medical treatment spanning two states and seventeen counties.

In April 2021, Hugh Chatham opened its newest physician practice, Hugh Chatham Endocrinology & Diabetes Specialists, providing evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases and disorders of the endocrine system such as diabetes and thyroid disorders.

Yadkin Valley Home Health expanded services into Virginia. The agency already served Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties in North Carolina.

A Hugh Chatham spokesman addressed consideration of requiring that staff be vaccinated for COVID-19. The spokesman said Hugh Chatham “medical staff and clinical leadership are carefully evaluating conditions across our healthcare system and community surrounding COVID prevalence, trends, and patient care needs. Though we have not taken immediate steps to institute mandatory vaccinations, we are closely monitoring the situation and will consider a variety of measures which may be necessary to ensure the ongoing safety of our people and patients.”

Andrew Tate, Hugh Chatham chief practice officer and vice president of ambulatory services, said “Hugh Chatham is committed to providing greater access to safe, quality healthcare services. We recognize each community’s specific needs and have expanded hours and service lines, providing dependable resources for residents in their time of need. This past year has been difficult for the healthcare industry, but our team members, clinical staff and providers are dedicated to supporting our patients, no matter what it takes.”

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (www.hughchatham.org) is a not-for-profit community health care network of physician clinics and an 81-bed acute care hospital. It employs more than 800 people and includes a medical group of more than 50 providers across 27 locations and six counties.

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