News & Updates
Public forum recordings available
(October 15, 2021) The Charitable Trusts Unit of the Attorney General’s office held three public forums in October on the combination, an important step in the review process. If you were unable to participate in the forums, recordings of each session are available below.
- Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The Monadnock Room at Hilltop Golf Course, 49 High St., Peterborough, NH.
Watch the recording from October 6.
- Thursday, October 7, 2021, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Baines Auditorium at Manchester High School West, 9 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester, NH.
Watch the recording from October 7.
- Thursday, October 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Kingswood Arts Center, 396 South Main St., Wolfeboro, NH.
Watch the recording from October 12.
Public forums announced
(September 27, 2021) The Charitable Trusts Unit of the Attorney General’s office has announced three public forums on the combination, an important step in the review process. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, in-person attendance at each forum will be limited, and social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed. Please register soon to secure a space. On each link you’ll have the opportunity to register for either in-person or, if you are unable or uncomfortable attending an in-person event, virtual participation.
Public forum dates and locations:
- Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The Monadnock Room at Hilltop Golf Course, 49 High St., Peterborough, NH. Register for the October 6 public forum.
- Thursday, October 7, 2021, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Baines Auditorium at Manchester High School West, 9 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester, NH. Register for the October 7 public forum.
- Thursday, October 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Kingswood Arts Center, 396 South Main St., Wolfeboro, NH. Register for the October 12 public forum.
Together We Are Stronger: The Dartmouth Hitchcock-Health GraniteOne Health Combination
Update on the Status of Combination and Public Hearings
(February 01, 2021) Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health continue to move forward with combining to better serve the health care needs of New Hampshire residents and communities. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the process somewhat, D-HH and GOH are working through the regulatory review with the goal of combining our systems in the first half of 2021. The impact of the pandemic on our patients, families, and neighbors has only strengthened our commitment to a combination which will benefit people throughout New Hampshire by offering higher quality, cost-effective health care closer to home.
Public hearings that were originally scheduled for March and April of 2020 will be rescheduled soon as we work with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office to determine whether the hearing – or hearings – will be in-person and socially distant, a hybrid version , or virtual. We will publish those details on this website as soon as the information is available.
In the meantime, we urge you to get vaccinated when you are eligible, continue to wear a mask and follow CDC recommendations to maintain social distance, and to limit the amount of time spent around others, especially while indoors and in poorly ventilated areas.
Information about the state of New Hampshire’s vaccination plan, including vaccine distribution phases, is available at www.vaccines.nh.gov.
Together we are stronger.
Notice of Public Regulatory Hearings
(February, 2020) In October 2019 the well-recognized New Hampshire health care systems, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health, signed a formal combination agreement to create a New Hampshire-based health system in order to better serve the health care needs of New Hampshire residents and communities. A joint notice was filed in December, 2019 with the New Hampshire Attorney General, Director of Charitable Trusts, who will hold public regulatory hearings. The hearings were originally scheduled for March 30 (Manchester), April 1 (Peterborough), and April 6 (Wolfeboro). They have been postponed due to COVID-19. We will provide new dates as soon as possible.
Combining our systems will offer Granite Staters access to a broader array of clinical service and state-of-the-art care closer to home to create a healthier New Hampshire.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health Sign Formal Agreement for Combined New Hampshire-based health care system
(October 2, 2019) Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Joseph Pepe, MD, CEO and President of GraniteOne Health, announced today that nine months after signing a Letter of Intent (LOI), the Boards of Trustees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) and GraniteOne Health (GOH) and their member organizations have signed a Combination Agreement to combine the two health care systems. Learn more about the Combination Agreement.
(April 11, 2019) We are pleased to update you on our progress as we work to form a combined health care system, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health/GraniteOne. Currently we are in a period of due diligence as we draft a combination agreement which we will submit to state and federal regulators for their review and approval, which we anticipate doing this summer.
As we get to know each other better through the due diligence process, it’s important to us, that our communities feel informed and engaged. To help with this goal, we’ve put together a video series to help you learn more about the combination, the people at our organizations, what we hope to accomplish together, and how are cultures will work together.
Check back for regular video updates, as well as more information about how you can lend your voice to the discussion as we schedule Community Listening Sessions.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Granite One Press Release
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health Announce Intention to Combine Systems (January 24, 2019) Combined system would provide New Hampshire residents with greater access to all levels of medical care closer to home. This press release is also available as a PDF.
Additional Media Coverage
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GraniteOne Health Move to Affiliate (U.S. News & World Report) Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has taken the first step toward affiliating with an organization that includes hospitals in Manchester, Peterborough and Wolfeboro.
CMC, Dartmouth-Hitchcock to combine, but keep separate identities (Union Leader) Two of the state’s largest health-care systems — overseeing Catholic Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center — want to combine forces into a $2.7 billion-a-year organization designed to expand patient services within the state.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock 'Combining' With Manchester-Based Health System (Valley News) Two of New Hampshire’s largest hospitals, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will become part of one health system if a merger announced on Thursday goes through.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock proposes merger with Manchester-based health system (Concord Monitor) Two of New Hampshire’s largest hospitals, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will become part of one health system if a merger announced Thursday goes through.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Catholic Medical Center Look To Combine Forces Under New Health Network (NHPR) Two of the state's largest hospitals are hoping to combine forces in a new healthcare network.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GraniteOne hospital systems to merge (WMUR) Hospital officials announce signing of letter of intent to combine organizations.
Monadnock Community Hospital part of group of hospital’s combining efforts (Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Two of New Hampshire’s largest hospitals, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will become part of one health system if a merger announced today goes through.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health to combine (Business NH Magazine) Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) in Lebanon and GraniteOne Health (GOH) in Manchester have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to combine their two organizations.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GraniteOne Health move to affiliate (WCAX) Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health has taken the first step toward affiliating with an organization that includes hospitals in Manchester, Peterborough and Wolfeboro.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GraniteOne sign letter of intent to combine (Modern Healthcare) Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health signed a letter of intent to merge, which would create an eight-hospital not-for-profit system spanning New Hampshire and Vermont.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GraniteOne announce plans to combine their health networks (The Keene Sentinel) Two major health care systems with campuses in Keene and Peterborough announced their intention to become one Thursday, which would bring the only two hospitals in the Monadnock Region under one umbrella.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health to combine systems (The Laconia Daily Sun) Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and GraniteOne Health have signed a letter of intent to combine their two organizations to better serve the health care needs of New Hampshire residents and communities.
My Turn: Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GraniteOne merger is a bad idea (Concord Monitor) I read with dismay in the Jan. 25 Monitor (reprinted from the Valley News) of the proposed merger of two of New Hampshire’s largest health systems.
N.H. Hospital Deal Part of New Reality (Valley News) New Hampshire hospitals continue to join forces at a dizzying pace, with two huge transactions announced last week, adding fire to a long-running debate about whether more oversight of sweeping health care changes is needed.
Hospitals: Alliances help expand services, control costs (Union Leader) Two major proposed deals announced last week further tightened the relationships among the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals, which are looking for ways to control costs, expand services and keep more patients from going to out-of-state hospitals.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GraniteOne Health announce merger plans (Healthcare Finance) No estimated date of completion for the deal was revealed, but the newly-combined system would be known as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health GraniteOne.
Editorial: Is bigger better?: Two big players in NH health care look to combine; what does it mean? (Keene Sentinel)
Health care continues to become an ever-larger industry — by some estimates now accounting for more than a fifth of our nation’s economy. In this environment, growth is a prescription for survival. Sometimes that growth comes organically — a hospital or other provider opening new offices or adding new services to accommodate demand. And sometimes it’s strategic, as in one health system acquiring or partnering with another to gain added clout or fend off competitors. Two decades ago, the Lebanon-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock system signed a joint operating agreement with Keene’s Cheshire Medical Center.