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Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO Announces Retirement
Published Tuesday, December 6, 2016

James N. Weinstein, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, announced plans to retire in June 2017.

In a letter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees, Anne-Lee Verville, Dartmouth-Hitchcock board chair, said: “The Board of Trustees accepts Jim’s decision with great admiration and appreciation for all he has done during his many years of service to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, not only in his current role, but in past leadership roles including president of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, director of The Dartmouth Institute, and the inaugural chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.”

Weinstein will continue to carry on his national work with the High Value Healthcare Collaborative, the National Academy of Medicine board for Population Health, the VA Special Medical Advisory Group, and other bodies on which he serves. He will remain as Peggy Y. Thomson Chair in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at the Geisel School of Medicine and will continue to hold his academic and clinical positions at the hospital and Geisel Department of Orthopaedics.

Weinstein assumed the role of CEO and president in 2011 following a transition from a dual leadership model in which the presidents of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic co-governed the organization. He then laid out a strategy for a sustainable health system to improve the lives of the people and communities Dartmouth-Hitchcock serves.

“It has been an incredible privilege to lead this organization,” Weinstein said. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock is blessed with a fantastic team of skilled and dedicated professionals who come to work every day in service to those who entrust us with their care. The past five years have been ones of exciting and sometimes challenging change in health care. D-H [Dartmouth-Hitchcock] is on a good path and now is the right time to transition to a new leader who will apply his or her vision and energy to the tasks before us. I look forward to working with that person and the board to achieve as smooth and seamless a transition as possible.”

Weinstein originally joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1996, founded the department of orthopaedics and served as its chair from 2003 to 2010. Believing in the power of “informed choice” for patients, he created the first-in-the-nation Center for Shared Decision Making and the multidisciplinary Spine Center at DHMC, which has become an international model for patient-centered care

In 2007, he assumed the role of director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, succeeding Jack Wennberg. He chairs the Committee on Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States.

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