Chief of Human Resources To Quit Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Lebanon — The chief human resources officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, who helped lead the Twin States’ largest health care provider through times of staff cuts and significant restructuring, is leaving his job after 2 1/2 years.

In an email sent to hospital staff yesterday afternoon, president and CEO Jim Weinstein said Alan Weston would be stepping down from his position. As of this Monday, Chief of Staff Vin Fusca will take over for Weston and his team as the interim chief human resources officer, Weinstein said. Weston’s last day will be Sept. 2.

Weston was hired at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in January 2011, according to DHMC spokesman Mike Barwell.

No reason for Weston’s departure was given. Weinstein highlighted Weston’s leadership during a time of transition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which has more than 8,000 employees.

“Over the past few years, Alan has been a partner as we map our strategy to create a sustainable health system,” Weinstein said in the email. “Without talented people, all of our employees, there is no strategy.”

Weinstein complimented Weston on his efforts to recruit new talent, establish a new base pay program, implementing health and wellness benefits and on working “as transparently as possible.”

But Weston served in his role during a difficult period for Dartmouth-Hitchcock. He oversaw employee buyouts, layoffs and restructuring of jobs. Less than a year into Weston’s tenure, Dartmouth-Hitchcock found itself cutting staff amid new financial realities in the health care industry, including cuts to its Medicaid funding.

In the fall of 2011, Dartmouth-Hitchcock offered early retirement to several hundred employees, and trimmed staff further through layoffs and leaving positions unfilled. System-wide, Dartmouth-Hitchcock shed around 400 positions, mostly through early retirement and attrition, although 60 people lost their jobs to layoffs.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock system includes Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and community group practices in Keene, Concord, Nashua, Manchester and Bennington, Vt. — Chris Fleisher