Dartmouth-Hitchcock will be entering a contract with New Hampshire Hospital to provide services there. On Wednesday, the state’s Executive Council unanimously approved a 32-month $37 million contract between the two health institutions which hopes to provide enhance mental health care at the Concord-based New Hampshire Hospital.
Dartmouth College has traditionally been the provider of additional services at NHH, where they provided professional staff for mental health treatment. However, DHMC will be the new provider, which will see nurses and psychiatric professionals assigned to Concord in light of the recent suicide of a released patient.
The contract was not without dispute and was discussed in depth over the past month by the council and hospital officials. A handful of health professionals who worked at New Hampshire Hospital under the contract with Dartmouth College were concerned over their salaries and benefits and how they would change or diminish with the contract transfer and eleven employees left near the end of June.
Two of the five executive councilors are running for governor and by voting yes, established their views on the importance of mental health treatment in the Granite State.