Tags: coordinated care , community , industry interactions , community partnerships

For the first time ever, a New Hampshire hospital, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, is now part of the Mass General Hospital (MGH) family and a member of the Partners HealthCare sytem.

The move, made official on January 3, is the culmination of nearly a decade of collaboration between Wentworth-Douglass and MGH. In 2008, the New Hampshire hospital was the first in the area to contract with Mass General to provide remote TeleStroke service for patients who presented in the Wentworth-Douglass Emergency Department with stroke symptoms.

In the years since, additional joint clinical programs between the two hospitals blossomed and grew in disciplines that included trauma services, thoracic surgery, gynecological oncology, cancer genetics, and clinical trials for cancer patients. The partnership and the services it has created have helped thousands of patients from around the region.

Roger Hamel, chairman of the Board of Directors for Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, said, "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.”

As part of the union, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will continue to be governed by its Board of Trustees, which will include local trustees as well as five new trustees, to be appointed by MGH. Wentworth-Douglass will keep its name, although a new logo including MGH will be developed and used in the future.

“We are so pleased that Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has officially become a part of Mass General,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, Mass General 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.”