MANCHESTER, N.H.—Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Lebanon, N.H., and Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, announced they ended more than two years of affiliation talks with no deal. “The evolving changes in healthcare reforms have prompted CMC and Dartmouth-Hitchcock to reevaluate the nature of the proposed affiliation and reassure the public of their priorities,” the organizations said in a written statement.
Regional News/Northeast: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Catholic Medical Center end two years of talks with no deal
The 227-bed CMC and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, which includes a 369-bed hospital, withdrew an affiliation proposal from the courts, the statement said. The scuttled affiliation faced the objections of New Hampshire's attorney general and some community members who raised questions about how services would be affected by the union of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Catholic-sponsored CMC, which adheres to the Catholic Church's ethical and religious directives. The directives include certain restrictions on reproductive medical care.
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