A press release was issued on Thursday afternoon announcing the intent to combine two of New England’s major healthcare systems. The goal behind the merger is to provide more cohesive and complete care to New Hampshire residents. As the two health networks move forward with hopes to combine, they are looking for input from the public, the Board of Trustees, the Bishop of Manchester and other sources.
Employees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (DHH) were notified by email around Noon on Thursday of the boards unanimous approval of the letter of intent (LOI) to combine DHH and GraniteOne. The email, sent by CEO and President of DHH, Dr. Joanne M. Conroy, also informed employees that the combined system will be called Dartmouth-Hitchcock GraniteOne.
Conroy issued a statement in the LOI that addressed her motivation for combining with GraniteOne, "As the health care landscape continues to evolve, it is important for health care systems to evaluate how we can best serve our patients and communities, and prepare for the future so we can continue to provide the high level of care that people expect. By combining these two top health care organizations, we would create a patient-focused, unique and unparalleled option for New Hampshire that is responsive to community needs and patients’ desire for cost-effective, high-quality care.”
Also included in the LOI was a statement by Joseph Pepe, the CEO of GraniteOne Health. "For 15 years, our two organizations have worked closely together to improve the lives and health of our patients and their families,” said Joseph Pepe, MD, CEO of GraniteOne Health. “We have complementary visions for what health care in New Hampshire could be. Combining systems would allow us to advance that vision, expanding access to primary and specialty care for all New Hampshire residents, including vulnerable patients and communities.”
The letter of intent that was released today is non-binding. You can read the full the letter of intent and discover more information about the merger here :: https://www.forahealthiernh.org/
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