While the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) network already includes five hospitals and several satellite campuses in New Hampshire and Vermont, VNH will be the network’s first home-health provider. In addition to continuing to serve patients in their homes, VNH will also work with providers from D-H’s Palliative Medicine team to develop and run the recently-announced Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care. The Jack Byrne Center will be built on the D-H Medical Center Campus in Lebanon, NH, and will be a warm and comforting environment for hospice patients with complex medical needs when it opens in late 2017.
“As the leading licensed hospice provider with the skills, reputation and regional focus, this partnership allows us to continue to provide ongoing excellent care for our communities,” said Jeanne McLaughlin, VNH President and Chief Executive Officer.
“We want to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. VNH is a leader in home-based care, and we are excited to be able to work more closely with them for the benefit of the people and communities we serve, for generations to come,” added Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO Dr. James Weinstein.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is a nonprofit academic health system that serves almost 1.2 million patients in northern New England. The New England Council congratulates Dartmouth-Hitchcock on all of its plans to improve the health of New Englanders.