Executive Council Tables Action on Dartmouth-Hitchcock Contract for New Hampshire Hospital

Published: 8/24/2016 2:17:56 PM

New London — The New Hampshire Executive Council today voted to table action on a three-year, $37 million contract for Dartmouth-Hitchcock to provide psychiatric and other professional services at New Hampshire Hospital, the state-owned hospital in Concord for people with serious mental illness.

Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, the Wakefield Republican who represents most of the Upper Valley, moved to table the matter until the panel’s next meeting, and his colleagues agreed on a voice vote. Earlier in the day, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, a Republican running for governor, put out a statement that read, in part, “I have serious concerns about the validity of the long-term administration and operational practices of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, including questionable hiring practices and a recent suicide of a patient in their care. Accordingly, I have recommended … that the implementation of a long-term contract should be delayed and if it were to come before us I would be voting ‘No’.”

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, another GOP candidate for governor, on Tuesday also called for a delay on the vote. Approval by the five-member Executive Council is needed for the contract to take effect.

In the meantime, D-H will continue to provide services at the hospital under a temporary contract with Dartmouth College that has been assigned to D-H.

Posted online Wednesday at 2:10 p.m. Find a full report in Thursday’s Valley News.

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