June 26th, 2012
LEBANON, NH - The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Board of Trustees recently voted to move forward with discussions on a collaboration agreement with New London Hospital, whose Trustees had approved the action on May 17th.
"Dartmouth-Hitchcock and New London Hospital share a common mission of improving population health and looking at more efficient ways of delivering health care," says Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Dr. James Weinstein. "We look forward to enriching the relationship that already exists between our institutions, for the benefit of all of our patients."
The actions of both Boards begin lengthy due diligence and regulatory review processes by the NH Division of Charitable Trusts and state and federal anti-trust laws. There will also be a 120-day public comment period.
"New London Hospital looks forward to this review period," said Bruce P. King, President and CEO. "A formal collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock solidifies our current strong relationship with the clinical services offered by the medical center and offers our community the highest quality of medical care in our region."
Discussions will continue throughout the summer.
ABOUT DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK: Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in evidence-based and patient-centered health care. The system includes hundreds of physicians, specialists, and other providers who work together at different locations to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England.
ABOUT NEW LONDON HOSPITAL: New London Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with 500 employees, serving 32,000 residents in 15 towns in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region. The hospital also includes the 58-bed Clough Center extended care unit.