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Mass. General acquisition of Dover hospital gets closer

Union Leader staff
November 21. 2016 10:18PM
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital 

CONCORD — Massachusetts General Hospital’s proposed acquisition of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover has cleared a key hurdle.

The director of the Attorney General Office’s charitable trusts unit has concluded the proposed “deal includes sufficient protections for the charitable purposes and the assets of Wentworth-Douglass Hospital,” the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement Monday.

That is conditioned upon the two hospitals making specific commitments for future community benefits to the Dover area.

They include the addition of eight full-time behavioral health staff to provide mental health and substance abuse services.

The hospitals also promise to continue community benefit spending at no less than current levels.

They also will create a new system for the collection and reporting of data over time to the attorney general concerning the cost, quality and access to health care at Wentworth-Douglass.

The Attorney General’s Office said it continues to review the proposed transaction to see if it raises concerns about competition.

That review, led by antitrust attorneys, should be completed before year’s end.

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