dr.weinsteinStatement by Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, concerning the contract to provide clinical and administrative psychiatric services to the State of New Hampshire:

“I have heard loud and clear the concerns expressed by the Governor, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, and the Executive Council about our recent announcement of potential layoffs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and their effect on the care we deliver at New Hampshire Hospital today and have promised to deliver under the terms of the newly awarded state contract.

“Let me be equally clear and emphatic: there is absolutely no connection between the employment actions we are taking at DHMC and our Clinics and our work at New Hampshire Hospital, the Sununu Youth Services Center, the GlencliffHome for the Elderly, and every other service area in the contract. Our commitment is strong and steadfast. The workforce reductions being contemplated will not affect our performance under this contract. We have worked diligently to fully staff all service areas under the contract and there will be no layoffs in those areas.  To the contrary, we continue to recruit and build our efforts to address mental health issues across New Hampshire, including leading the initiative to build an integrated delivery network for behavioral health for the region.

“I look forward to working in partnership with the State, not just to provide the highest quality care under our contract, but to ensure that we are meeting the health needs of all the citizens we serve together.”