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AG: Plan to merge Elliot Hospital, SNHMC fails to detail why it's in the public's best interest

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March 06. 2018 1:09PM
In a press conference last October, Doug Dean, president and CEO, Elliot Health System, standing at left, and Mike Rose, president and CEO, Southern New Hampshire Health, unveil a banner displaying the merging hospitals' new tagline at the Millyard Museum in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER FILE)

MANCHESTER — A plan for the parent organizations for Elliot Hospital and Southern New Hampshire Medical Center to create a regional system called SolutionHealth lacked details on how it would meet a standard for being in the best interests of their communities.

The Charitable Trust Unit in the state Attorney General’s office imposed conditions to ensure that its concerns get addressed. The deal involves Elliot Health System in Manchester and Southern New Hampshire Health System in Nashua.

One condition requires that a year after the deal closes, the two organizations show the status of collaborating and coordinating that allows patients qualifying for charitable care in one organization to qualify for the same service at the other organization.

Meanwhile, the AG’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau said it “intends to take no formal action to challenge the transaction,” according to a letter from Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Foley.

“Our preliminary view suggests that the combination may lessen the existing competitive landscape in certain areas of southern New Hampshire for at least outpatient services such as pediatrics, pulmonology and cardiology,” she wrote.

Boards of both organizations will remain independent but also create a separate board for a new SolutionHealth regional system.

Elliot President and CEO Doug Dean and Southern New Hampshire Medical President and CEO Mike Rose issued a joint statement Monday.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of this review process has been holding public meetings in Nashua and Manchester to solicit input from our communities,” they said in the statement. “We are grateful to the many members of the public who turned out to listen and offer their thoughts, suggestions and support for the combination.”

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