Hospitals announce new partnership, proposed merger
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — Officials at two New Hampshire hospitals have announced plans to merge with a Massachusetts hospital system.
The Portsmouth Herald reports Exeter Hospital CEO Kevin Callahan said Tuesday their partnership with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital and merger with Massachusetts General Hospital will better enhance patient care.
Callahan says Exeter and Wentworth-Douglass will be part of a New Hampshire-based health care system called “NewCo” that is administered by Massachusetts General.
Wentworth-Douglass merged with MGH in 2016. Hospital CEO Greg Walker says the merger helped Wentworth-Douglass save more than $4 million.
Exeter’s merger will likely not receive state and federal approval before winter 2019.
A community forum on the matter will be held at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover Oct. 9.