On Jan. 1, after approval from state and federal agencies, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital officially became part of the MGH family. The Dover, New Hampshire-based organization includes a 178-bed hospital, several urgent care and walk-in facilities, multiple testing centers and 28 provider practices.

“We are so pleased that Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has officially become a part of MGH,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “Wentworth-Douglass has long been known for its outstanding care and commitment to community.  Together, we look forward to continuing to grow, shape and strengthen our already successful and thriving relationship to benefit patients in the region.”

The two organizations have a history of productive clinical relationships dating back to 2008, when Wentworth-Douglass was the first in the area to contract with MGH to provide remote TeleStroke service for patients presenting in their Emergency Department with stroke symptoms. Additional joint clinical programs followed in trauma services, thoracic surgery, gynecologic oncology, cancer genetics and clinical trials for cancer patients. Thousands of patients have benefited from these services. Together, Wentworth-Douglass and the MGH will continue to develop, grow and improve additional health care services to best serve the community.

While the MGH has clinical and programmatic affiliations with other hospitals in the region, Wentworth-Douglass is now the only hospital in New Hampshire to join the MGH system. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will continue to be governed by its Board of Trustees which will include local trustees as well as five new trustees appointed by the MGH. Wentworth-Douglass, a founding member of Granite Health, will continue its participation in that network of six New Hampshire health care organizations that embrace innovative solutions for high-quality and affordable health care in the state. 

“We are thrilled to announce this news,” said Roger Hamel, chairman of the Board of Directors for Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. “Joining this world-class organization will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Wentworth-Douglass to enhance its non-profit mission and expand clinical capabilities for the community.”

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