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Catholic Medical Center CEO announces retirement amid effort to merge with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Staff Report
Published: 9/9/2020 9:47:08 PM
Modified: 9/9/2020 9:46:57 PM

MANCHESTER — The CEO of Catholic Medical Center, with which Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is seeking to combine forces, plans to retire next summer, according to a news release on Wednesday.

Dr. Joseph Pepe, who has led the Manchester-based hospital for nine years, informed the 330-bed hospital’s board of trustees that he will not renew his contract when it ends next June, according to the CMC release. He plans to spend more time with his wife, Anne-Marie, who is seriously ill.

“Dr. Pepe’s leadership of CMC has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said John Cronin, president of CMC’s board, in the release. “He is the heart and soul of this organization and a beloved and respected figure in our community. His achievements have been transformational for CMC, enhancing our mission of health, healing and hope, and laying the groundwork for future success.”

Pepe also leads the health system GraniteOne, which includes CMC and two smaller community hospitals, which along with D-HH is seeking approval from state and federal regulators to combine to form Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health GraniteOne.

Pepe will be succeeded by the hospital’s current chief operating officer Alex Walker, the release said. Walker has worked with Pepe for the past eight years.

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