LEBANON, N.H.-Five hospitals in New Hampshire are exploring a merger into a single healthcare delivery system through the formation of a holding company and board that would oversee management and distribute resources among the participating community-based organizations. The prospective network includes 393-bed Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, the state's biggest facility, which is affiliated with Dartmouth University's medical school. Others are 177-bed Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, 221-bed Concord (N.H.) Hospital, 183-bed Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center in Nashua and 138-bed Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover. In a written statement issued by Mary Hitchcock Memorial, executives of the hospitals said the study is in its early stages and will continue throughout the summer. The total of 1,100 beds staffed by the five hospitals would represent more than a third of the state's approximately 3,000 beds in 26 acute-care hospitals.
EVERETT, Mass.-Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose have agreed to initiate a study of "the potential benefits of a closer and more structured affiliation." A letter of intent between 144-bed Whidden and 239-bed Melrose-Wakefield established a framework for exploring by Sept. 30 "whether a coordinated healthcare system created by the affiliation" would enhance the scope of services available to both communities, enable them to compete more effectively in a changing healthcare environment and improve operating efficiency, according to a joint statement. Everett and Melrose are suburbs just north of Boston.
PRINCETON, N.J.-The New Jersey Hospital Association has filled two key posts. Beth Van Hoeven, an attorney at the Liberty Corner, N.J., law firm of Kalison & McBride, has been named vice president of policy development. Earlier in her career, Ms. Van Hoeven, 34, had served as associate director of professional and regulatory services at the Hospital Association of New York State. NJHA also named Nicole Brossoie to be director of state government relations, a position in which she will be responsible for lobbying on state healthcare payment and reform issues. Previously, Ms. Brossoie, 24, had worked as a communications specialist for the New Jersey State Assembly Democratic Office.