We are excited to move forward in ensuring quality health care stays close to home.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 6, 2016
Lauren Collins‐Cline, Catholic Medical Center (603)663‐8164, lcollin1@cmc‐nh.org
Monika O’Clair, Huggins Hospital (603)515‐2088, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil McFarland, Monadnock Community Hospital (603)924‐4653, Philip.McFarland@mchmail.org
Advancing their intent to provide high‐quality and value‐based health care for their
communities, Catholic Medical Center (CMC), Huggins Hospital, and Monadnock Community
Hospital are submitting a filing with the Charitable Trusts Unit of the New Hampshire Attorney
General’s Office detailing the terms of their affiliation. This filing comes after an extensive
period of due diligence, approval of the agreement by all three hospital boards, and, with
respect to CMC, approval of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester.
CMC previously announced a Letter of Intent (LOI) to affiliate with Huggins Hospital in
November, 2015 and an LOI with Monadnock Community Hospital in January, 2016. The
agreement being reviewed by regulators will result in a more integrated healthcare system to
serve the hospitals’ respective communities.
This New Hampshire‐based, New Hampshire‐focused collaboration allows us to effectively use our resources and expertise to improve quality, cost, and access to health care.
“This New Hampshire‐based, New Hampshire‐focused collaboration allows us to effectively use
our resources and expertise to improve quality, cost, and access to health care,” said Dr. Joseph
Pepe, President & CEO of Catholic Medical Center. “It builds on the long and successful existing
clinical relationships between CMC and these two, strong critical access hospitals.”
The affiliation is not an acquisition as no assets will be exchanged, nor is it a merger as staffs
and physicians will continue to work for their respective hospitals. The affiliation allows for
Huggins and Monadnock Community Hospitals to forge stronger ties in clinical partnerships
with CMC, as well as leverage their resources to build economies of scale. The goals of this
affiliation include providing quality care at a lower cost with added services and a seamless
“We are excited to move forward in ensuring quality health care stays close to home,” said
Jeremy Roberge, Interim President & CEO of Huggins Hospital. “CMC and Huggins Hospital have
been working together for many years to improve access to cardiology and vascular care for our
patients and, in the last month, have begun collaborating on shared hospitalists.”
Similar collaborations have also existed for years between CMC and Monadnock Community
Hospital (MCH), which also work together on neurology and laboratory services. “We have
successfully met the healthcare needs of the Monadnock region for 90 years,” said Cynthia
McGuire, President & CEO of MCH. “This affiliation is a logical and strategic step to ensure that
access to local, high‐quality health care continues and grows for many years to come.”
Under the terms of the Affiliation Agreement, CMC, Huggins, and MCH will continue to operate
with assets and liabilities remaining unchanged. Huggins and MCH will continue to be secular,
non‐profit community hospitals, and CMC will continue operating as a Catholic, non‐profit
acute healthcare system. The hospitals will maintain separate Boards as well as their respective
charitable missions, values and traditions. Philanthropic gifts given to each hospital will be used
to benefit their local community. Hospitals’ names, logos, and staff will remain. An overarching
non‐profit system parent called GraniteOne Health will ensure strategic direction and initiatives
for the affiliated system.
The regulatory approval process will include further opportunities for comment by the general
public and stakeholders of the three hospitals. Information is available through each hospital’s
website, as well as on the website for GraniteOne Health (www.graniteonehealth.org). It is
expected the affiliation will be approved and fully executed by the end of the year.
ABOUT CMC: CMC is 330‐bed acute care hospital located in Manchester, New Hampshire with 2500
employees and over 700 physicians, specialists and other providers working together to serve the health
care needs of patients in the city and region. CMC is home to the nationally recognized New England
Heart & Vascular Institute and is a Truven Analytics “Top 50 in the Nation” Cardiovascular Hospital. CMC
was also named the 2015 Healthcare Business of the Year by Business NH Magazine.
ABOUT HUGGINS HOSPITAL: Huggins Hospital is a 25‐bed Critical Access Hospital located in Wolfeboro,
New Hampshire with 400 employees, serving 30,000 year‐round residents and approximately 120,000
seasonal residents in the 14 towns in the Eastern Lakes Region. Huggins is recognized as a
HEALTHSTRONG Hospital and has been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital for the past five years
by iVantage Health Analytics as well as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital for QUALITY in 2016.
ABOUT MCH: MCH is a 25‐bed Critical Access Hospital located in Peterborough, New Hampshire with
500 employees , serving 40,000 residents in the 14 towns in the Eastern Monadnock Region.
Monadnock is recognized for its extensive primary care network, specialty services, and wellness
programming. MCH was named among the “Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the US” by
ivantagehealth.com in 2015 and 2016.