Officials with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the state of New Hampshire have reached a settlement over whether Dartmouth Hitchcock provided an adequate number of psychiatrists under a contract at New Hampshire Hospital. Neither admits wrongdoing in the settlement and Dartmouth-Hitchcock will provide the state a $75,000 credit in addition to providing up to $77,500 for an independent study of care at the psychiatric hospital from last November through April.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers issued the following statement: Both the State and Dartmouth-Hitchcock are committed to providing the best possible care for our family members, friends, and neighbors suffering from mental illness and requiring treatment at New Hampshire Hospital. As the State seeks to address the crisis caused by a shortage of acute care beds and community resources, both the Governor and I are grateful that Dartmouth-Hitchcock – the State’s only academic medical center – provides its services across a range of service areas, including at NHH.

The State recognizes and values Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s crucial role in improving the health of our citizens and we look forward to working together to ensure that patients at NHH receive nothing less than the quality care they deserve.