Sununu, Weinstein Meet Over State Hospital Staffing

  • Chris Sununu in Concord, N.H., in September 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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    Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO James Weinstein speaks about his book "Unraveled: Prescriptions to Repair a Broken Healthcare System" during an interview at his office at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., on May 18, 2016. (Valley News- Sarah Priestap) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to

Published: 5/24/2017 11:53:30 PM
Modified: 5/25/2017 2:18:46 PM

Concord — Gov. Chris Sununu and Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Jim Weinstein met on Wednesday in a bid to mend a rift over the Lebanon-based health system’s contract to provide clinical services at New Hampshire Hospital.

In separate statements released after the meeting in Sununu’s Statehouse office, both termed the session “productive.”

“We were able to discuss a variety of issues, clear the air, and work on a viable pathway to building a positive relationship for the future,” Sununu said. “We’ve agreed to meet again with our larger teams next week to work out a plan to move forward and ensure better communication. Today was a great first step to rebuilding an important relationship for our state and our citizens.”

Sununu’s tone, akin to statements he made last week on New Hampshire Public Radio, were a turnaround from the tension that developed on May 3, when the first-term governor called indications that D-H was understaffing NHH “deeply disturbing and troubling” and said the organization “at this point isn’t trustworthy.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials said they have been transparent in their efforts to staff the state’s psychiatric hospital in Concord with 11 full-time equivalent psychiatrists and one geriatric psychiatrist, as called for under the terms of a $36.6 million contract that began last fall.

In his statement, Weinstein said he and Sununu “had a candid and productive discussion regarding the misconceptions about Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s contract to provide clinical services at New Hampshire Hospital.”

“I look forward to building on the progress we made today, working with the state to provide the best possible patient-centered and compassionate care for those suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. The governor and I agree that our patients, families, and the citizens of New Hampshire deserve nothing less,” Weinstein said.

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