December 3, 2013

NH hospital gets approval to join MaineHealth

Memorial Hospital in North Conway will continue as a New Hampshire nonprofit, but MaineHealth will have input into its budget, the services it provides and the selection of a CEO.

The Associated Press

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — A North Conway hospital has received approval from New Hampshire regulators to join a health care system based in Portland, Maine.

Memorial Hospital is joining MaineHealth system, which currently includes Maine Medical Center and 10 other organizations in Maine and New Hampshire.

Memorial Hospital will retain its status as a New Hampshire nonprofit organization, but MaineHealth will have input into its budget, the services it provides and the selection of a chief executive officer. The hospital’s board of trustees will continue to control charitable assets, including buildings, equipment and endowments.

As part of the agreement, MaineHealth will invest $1.5 million over two years to implement a new electronic medical record system. Board Chairman Gene Bergoffen says the change will allow the hospital to improve health care while retaining local control.

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