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2 New Hampshire health systems file for merger

Two of New Hampshire's largest health systems are seeking approval from the state attorney general to merge, according to Valley News.

Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Manchester, N.H.-based GraniteOne Health said in a filing to the state that they need to merge to gain access to more patients, protect the state's only academic medical center from the "existential threat" from outside competitors and improve finances at the state’s struggling rural hospitals.

The combined organization would be known as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health GraniteOne. If the deal is approved, the organizations said they will expand access to specialty care.

Under terms of the deal outlined in the filing, Dartmouth Hitchcock CEO Joanne Conroy, MD, would lead the new system and oversee the system's northern facilities, while GraniteOne CEO Joseph Pepe would oversee the system’s southern facilities and practices.

The two systems first announced plans to merge in January 2019, and inked a formal agreement to combine in October.

Read the full report here. 

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