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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Transitions Pediatrics Practice to Speare Memorial Hospital
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017

Photo: Flickr/artangelo


Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) in Lebanon jointly agreed to transition Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine from D-H to Speare, effective April 2017.

“Speare has been working with Dartmouth-Hitchcock for several months to ensure the greater Plymouth community continues to have access to high quality, comprehensive care for our newborns, children and adolescents,” says Michelle McEwen, president and CEO of Speare. 

The discussions were spurred by recent retirements and changes in the medical providers at the practice, which potentially impacted D-H’s ability to continue to provide inpatient newborn care at Speare.

“Speare has a highly regarded obstetrics program that would have been put in jeopardy without the support of local pediatricians,” says McEwen. “We are committed to serving the many young families who want to deliver their babies at Speare and have local care thereafter. We have already assembled a great team of pediatric providers to continue serving our communities’ children, from infancy to adulthood.”

The hospitals say transitioning the practice to Speare will enhance communications, care coordination and collaboration between the two organizations. This includes transitioning to the same electronic health record as Speare, providing the medical practitioners at Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine with the entire clinical view of their patients.  D-H will continue to provide specialty pediatric services offered by Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) as needed.

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