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Dartmouth-Hitchcock eyes affiliation deal with Elliot Health System

Elliot Health System in Manchester, N.H., will explore an affiliation with Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock, according to a Valley News report.

A potential affiliation with D-H represented "an exceptional opportunity that will enable Elliot to address some of the most critical issues facing our state ... including inadequate inpatient facilities to offer all patients private rooms and the appropriate privacy, the mental health and drug addiction crisis, overcrowded emergency departments and the need for expanded access to primary and specialty care," Greg Baxter, Elliot's CMO, said in a prepared statement, according to the report.

Hospital officials have not specified what a potential affiliation might look like.

However, Stephen LeBlanc, D-H's executive vice president for enterprise strategy design, told Valley News D-H's previous actions to become the "sole corporate member" of its affiliates wouldn't necessarily provide a template for a deal with Elliot, a much larger organization than previous negotiation partners.

The affiliation discussions come as Elliot Hospital in Manchester has been reported to need $350 million in capital improvements.


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