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January 20, 2014

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock announce affiliation agreement

The Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) governing boards have approved an affiliation between the two health care providers.

By Mekala ShivaramPrasad

The Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) governing boards have approved an affiliation between the two health care providers.

Following the approval, MAHHC and D-H will now begin a regulatory and due-diligence process that will take place over the next several months.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital will retain its status as an independent not-for-profit community hospital, maintaining a local board of trustees responsible for oversight.

The hospital will share resources with D-H to improve governance, operations, finance and clinical programmes.

Potential benefits from the partnership include a more integrated clinical communication system between the organisations, more efficient business systems, and the ability for clinicians to better integrate care for patients.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital CEO Kevin W Donovan noted that MAHHC and D-H share a common mission of improving the overall health of the communities they serve and finding more efficient ways to deliver health care.

"As we seek to create a sustainable future for ourselves and our community, it is imperative that we work together with others to best use resources.

"We look forward to laying the foundation for the long-term success of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and creating a mutually beneficial relationship with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to improve quality care, lower costs, and provide the most appropriate care, close to home."

"We look forward to laying the foundation for the long-term success of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and creating a mutually beneficial relationship with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to improve quality care, lower costs, and provide the most appropriate care, close to home," Donovan added.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock already have a clinical and administrative relationship. MAHHC provides sub-acute and inpatient acute rehabilitation services to patients discharged from D-H, while D-H provides a number of speciality services, including orthopaedics, general surgery and pain management, to patients at MAHHC.

MAHHC is also a member of the D-H based New England Alliance for Health.

This affiliation will build on the existing relationship and allow the organisations to move towards a more sustainable health system for the region.

MAHHC is a critical access hospital in Windsor, Vermont. It features 25 inpatient and medical-surgical beds and a ten-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides access to nearly 1,500 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as research at the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

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