October 1st, 2013
On September 16, 2013 the proposed affiliation between New London Hospital (NLH) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) was cleared to move forward by the NH Office of the Attorney General, having previously received a similar clearance from the NH Charitable Trusts Unit of the same office.
Leading up to these decisions, a lengthy due diligence and regulatory review process was conducted by the NH Attorney General's office that included a 120-day public comment period and consideration of State anti-trust laws. NLH held two public forums on the proposal in May of 2013-one in New London and one in Newport.
Already approved by Trustees of the two institutions, the new affiliation became effective on October 1, 2013. This new affiliation is intended to strengthen the clinical services offered by NLH, continue to improve population health in the region and reduce overall healthcare spending. A number of clinical and administrative relationships already exist between the two institutions. Notably, in January 2013 NLH joined D-HH in its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, aimed at providing high-value primary care to Medicare beneficiaries in New Hampshire.
"New London Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock have worked closely together for many years," stated NLH President and CEO Bruce P. King. "The affiliation will allow us to not only enhance and expand our offerings but also to provide our community the best possible personalized patient care environment."
D-HH anticipates benefits from the affiliation as well. "As we seek to create a sustainable health system for our region, it is imperative that individual health systems work together to make the best use of resources and share best practices for the benefit of the people and communities we serve," said Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "New London Hospital has long been a trusted partner that shares our values and vision. This affiliation will make our relationship even stronger."