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Year founded: 1931

Top executive: Paul Hammes, CEO

Address: 180 Parkwood Drive, Elkin 28621

Phone: 336-527-7000

Website: hughchatham.org

Twitter: @HughChatham

No. of Triad employees: 602

No. of employees total: 885

Describe your company culture in five words: Friendly, collaborative, respectful, “like family”

Three ways you ensure all of your employees know they are valued? 1.) Promoting a recognition culture. We celebrate the success of individuals, departments and the organization often, from awards for years of service to national awards for clinical excellence that include cake or ice cream and a gift for all employees. 2.) Ample benefits. Employees have access to medical, dental, vision, and prescription benefits; a health savings account, flexible spending accounts, life and disability insurance, 401(k) and wellness dollars. We also do things that few other employers do these days. For example, at Christmas we provided every employee with a gift certificate to a local meat center. We also do fun events like hosting an ice cream sundae-making party and a BBQ lunch for all employees during Hospital Week. 3.) Emphasizing department manager or supervisor-to-employee communication. We use weekly department huddles to promote communication to all employees about what’s happening in the organization, and to also provide time for employee recognition by managers and supervisors in front of co-workers.

Most popular perks? Our robust health and wellness services go beyond standard offerings. They include a wellness gym and pool with

classes like water aerobics, boot camps and Turbo Kick. Our beautiful, wooded campus has walking trails and we have a great cafeteria with tasty, healthy and affordable food. We also have the option to sit outdoors to eat in a garden area with roses.

Longest-tenured local employee? Sandra Wood, director of budget and cost reimbursement, 40 years

The best time we’ve had in the past year was when … on Friday and Sunday of Super Bowl week our employees could wear their team shirt. We enjoyed tailgate food in the cafeteria. Pictures began to come in from our physician offices as well as departments within the hospital. Being North Carolina based, most employees were Panther fans. Our employees had a great time at work that day. We distributed a word scramble during the week to turn in and be eligible for a large amount of small prizes. This created a lot of excitement and camaraderie.

What employees said:

“HCMH is a great place to work because our employees — from leaders to staff — are excellent people who support each other and our mission. We are the best community hospital.”