Short Tenure for D-H Executive

  • Josh McElveen

Valley News Staff Writer
Monday, November 13, 2017

Lebanon — A former New Hampshire television anchor resigned from his post as vice president of communications and marketing for Dartmouth-Hitchcock on Friday after just seven months on the job.

Josh McElveen, 46, began working for Dartmouth-Hitchcock in early April, and officials at the Lebanon-based health system hoped his experience as a former anchor and political director at WMUR-TV would help D-H boost its profile in the southern part of the state. He replaced Roddy Young, who earlier this month took a job as the chief marketing officer and vice president at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Though McElveen cited “a couple philosophical differences," which he declined to detail, as contributing to his decision to leave, he also said he hadn’t planned to stay at Dartmouth-Hitchcock for long and pointed to the distance between his home in Brookline, N.H., which sits along the Massachusetts border, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s headquarters in Lebanon.

“This commute wasn’t getting any shorter,” McElveen said in an interview on Monday.

Both McElveen and a spokesman for the hospital system describe their parting, which was reported Sunday by the New Hampshire Union Leader, as amicable. 

“It was an honor and privilege to serve with so many talented and caring individuals at Dartmouth-Hitchcock,” McElveen wrote in a statement provided by his attorney Chuck Douglas of the Concord-based Douglas, Leonard & Garvey. “As a longtime journalist, it was a pleasure to tell the story of an organization that is so staunchly committed to the high quality of care for the people it serves.” 

D-H spokesman Rick Adams confirmed McElveen’s resignation in an emailed statement on Monday.

Neither McElveen nor Adams returned messages seeking salary information. They also declined to comment on his salary at the time of his hiring.

“We thank Josh for the time and energy he brought to Dartmouth-Hitchcock," Adams wrote. "His efforts have helped us to further our communications and marketing initiatives ... We wish him well."

During McElveen’s tenure, the hospital system withstood criticism for its staffing of New Hampshire Hospital, which it runs through a contract with the state.

D-H also underwent a leadership transition when former chief executive James Weinstein completed his tenure and Dr. Joanne Conroy began hers this summer. 

McElveen came to D-H following eight years at Manchester-based WMUR-TV. In D-H’s late March announcement of McElveen’s hiring, D-H Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel John Kacavas emphasized the role McElveen would play in bringing awareness to the hospital system’s “many contributions to the communities we serve, and solidify our status as a leader in creating a sustainable health system grounded in population health, value-based care, and alternative payment models.”

D-H’s expansion plans may be less certain than they once were now that Elliot Health System and Southern New Hampshire Health announced last month that they would be forming a regional system to be known as SolutionHealth. D-H and Elliot ended similar talks in February.

“We need to be bigger to have a large enough population to have an impact, but we cannot ignore the fact that the real value is generated when we get better as a system," Conroy wrote in a recent entry in Joanne's Journal, a weekly message from D-H’s new chief executive.

For his part, McElveen, who is also a veteran of the Marine Corps., said he was not sure where he would land next, but he has been in talks with job recruiters.

Valley News Staff Writer Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at ndoyleburr@vnews.com or 603-727-7213.