New London Hospital’s (NLH) President and CEO Bruce King has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2019, concluding over 16 years in the position and a 40+- years long health care career.
King moved to New Hampshire to work at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) in 1987, initially as a Vice-President of Finance, responsible for budgeting, reimbursement and patient accounts. In 1996, he became Vice President of Contracting and Network Development for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Alliance organizations in New Hampshire and Vermont. In April 2003, King became President and CEO of NLH, functioning in this capacity under a management contract between D-H and NLH.
On behalf of New London Hospital, I thank Bruce for his dedication and commitment to the patients and community throughout his long career,” says Doug Lyon, Chair of the NLH Board of Trustees. “He has led NLH through sixteen years of constant improvement. During his tenure, badly needed new construction and renovation projects were completed at NLH and Newport Health Center, achieved greater financial stability and finished two successful capital campaigns. Most importantly, higher quality care was delivered at NLH. Staff was added in all care areas of the hospital and medical personnel from Dartmouth-Hitchcock now provide a wide range of specialty services formally available only in Lebanon. The integration into the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) system, which he championed, will provide our communities with even greater access to high quality care. Bruce has been the widely recognized face of NLH in our community and will leave very big shoes to fill.”
A search committee is currently being formed with fellow trustees and in concert with D-HH, with a goal of naming a successor in the late fall. To ensure a smooth transition, King is planning to continue serving until his successor is selected.
King shares, “I want to thank the members of our community, employees and trustees current and former for your support throughout the years. It has been an honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to contribute to the leadership of this wonderful community health resource.”