Memorial Hospital Merger

by Mower on March 22, 2013

in News

NORTH CONWAY’S MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE MAINEHEALTH SYSTEM, A PROCESS IT FIRST ANNOUNCED IT WAS PURSUING IN OCTOBER OF 2012.

HOSPITAL PRESIDENT AND CEO SCOTT McKINNON SAYS THE HOSPITAL BOARD HAS APPROVED A DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT, ONE THAT FORMALIZES ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH MAINEHEALTH, A NOT FOR PROFIT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM BASED IN PORTLAND THAT INCLUDES MAINE MEDICAL CENTER AND NEARLY A DOZEN OTHER HOSPITALS AND HEALTH-RELATED ORGANIZATIONS IN MAINE.

McKINNON SAYS MEMBERSHIP IN THE MAINEHEALTH SYSTEM WILL MAKE MAINEHEALTH THE PARENT ORGANIZATION OF MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND PROVIDE A STRATEGIC PARTNER FOR MEMORIAL TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE IN THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY.

MCKINNON SAYS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WILL STILL RETAIN ITS STATUS AS A NEW HAMPSHIRE CHARTERED NON-PROFIT CORPORATION, WITH THE VALLEY RETAINING LOCAL CONTROL AND THE HOSPITAL’S BOARD CONTINUING ITS COMMUNITY OVERSIGHT ROLE, ESTABLISHING STRATEGY AND SETTING DIRECTION FOR THE HOSPITAL, WHILE HE CONTINUES TO RUN THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS.

HE STRESSES MEMORIAL WILL GROW AS AN ORGANIZATION AND BE BETTER POSITIONED TO SERVE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY – AND THE HOSPITAL’S DOCTORS WILL HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO REFER PATIENTS WITHIN OR OUTSIDE OF THE MAINEHEALTH SYSTEM, DEPENDING ON THE TYPE OF CARE THAT’S REQUIRED. THE MAJORITY OF MEMORIAL’S OUTPATIENT REFERRALS – AND NEARLY 90 PERCENT OF ITS INPATIENT REFERRALS, ALREADY GO TO A MAINEHEALTH ORGANIZATION, PRIMARILY MAINE MEDICAL CENTER.

MCKINNON EXPECTS THE HOSPITAL’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH ITS DOCTORS AND STAFF TO LARGELY REMAIN THE SAME.

THE AGREEMENT WILL BE REVIEWED AND VOTED ON APRIL 4, 2013 BY MAINEHEALTH’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES. MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WILL THEN HOLD ANOTHER PUBLIC MEETING APRIL 11, 2013 TO DISCUSS THE PROCESS – AND TAKE QUESTIONS ABOUT IT – AT NORTH CONWAY’S RED JACKET MOUNTAIN VIEW RESORT.

THE AGREEMENT WILL THEN BE SUBMITTED TO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE FOR REVIEW WHILE DUE DILIGENCE WORK CONTINUES. A FINAL AGREEMENT WITH MAINEHEALTH COULD BE REACHED SOMETIME DURING THE SUMMER OF 2013.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCESS CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE AT www.memorialhospitalnh.org – MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN ALSO SUBMIT COMMENTS.

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