Wentworth-Douglass Hospital officially became part of the Massachusetts General Hospital family on January 1, 2017. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is now also part of Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
While Mass General has clinical and programmatic affiliations with other hospitals in the region, Wentworth-Douglass is now the only hospital in New Hampshire to join the Mass General system.
Roger Hamel, chairman of the Board of Directors for Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, said, "We are thrilled to announce this news. 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.”
The two organizations have a history of productive clinical relationships dating back to 2008 when Wentworth-Douglass was the first in the area to contract with Mass General to provide remote TeleStroke service for patients presenting in the Wentworth-Douglass Emergency Department with stroke symptoms. Additional joint clinical programs followed in trauma services, thoracic surgery, gynecologic oncology, cancer genetics and clinical trials for cancer patients. Thousands of patients have benefited from these services. Together, Wentworth-Douglass and Mass General will continue to develop, grow and improve additional health care services to best serve the community.
“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.”
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital will continue to be governed by its Board of Trustees which will include local trustees as well as five new trustees appointed by Mass General. Wentworth-Douglass will keep its name, although a new logo including Mass General will be developed and used in the future.
Plans to affiliate were made public last spring. Hospital administration at both organizations worked with federal and state agencies throughout this process. The acquisition received a favorable determination by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office Charitable Trusts Unit in November with stipulations that the hospitals make specific commitments for future community benefits to the Dover area and to increase mental health and substance abuse services. In December, the NH Attorney General’s Office issued a no action letter following its review of the antitrust implications of the transaction clearing the way for the transaction to be finalized.