Hugh Chatham Names New Chief Financial Officer


Elkin, NC – September 23, 2020 –Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has selected Kent Thompson as its new Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Don Trippel who retires September 30th after 18 years of service. Initially joining the organization in 2001, Don’s expertise, diligence, and commitment to excellence have been vital to Hugh Chatham’s strong overall position, and longstanding success as an independent community hospital.

Thompson brings 30 years of experience in healthcare finance, consulting, and operations to the CFO role at Hugh Chatham. A native of Thomasville, NC, Kent studied accounting at NC State University and most recently served as a senior consultant with Dixon Hughes Goodman. In addition to serving in key posts at several North Carolina hospitals, including as assistant CFO at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Thompson has contributed to the field broadly including as a board chair for the NC Chapter of the Healthcare Finance Management Association.

‟Kent is an outstanding addition to our team and organization,” said Paul Hammes, CEO of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. ‟With an extensive background and hands-on leadership style, Kent brings a passion for innovation and growth, and will be a tremendous asset as we position Hugh Chatham to provide exceptional care to the communities we serve for years to come.”


Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital ( is a not-for-profit community health care network of physician clinics and an 81-bed acute care hospital that delivers high quality, convenient health care to residents of the Yadkin Valley and Foothills region of North Carolina and parts of southwestern Virginia. Employing more than 800 team members, Hugh Chatham includes a medical group of more than 50 providers across 27 locations and six counties. Headquartered in Elkin, North Carolina, Hugh Chatham is a leader in using technology to coordinate care for patients and to make healthcare more accessible, and cost-effective.