Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH), Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), today announced the formalization of a strategic partnership to jointly deliver high-quality, value-based health care to the region, building on a history of collaborative initiatives among BMH, CMC/DHK, and D-HH in the areas of oncology, radiology, and emergency medicine. The new partnership will focus on expanding collaborative opportunities in both administrative and clinical services.

“This partnership reflects our shared commitment to providing excellent and high value care to our entire region,” said BMH CEO and President Steven R. Gordon. “We already have a successful track record of collaborating on a number of clinical initiatives and look forward to building on those successes. We have complementary clinical services and share a common culture built on exceptional patient care, so we’re well-positioned to work together as primary strategic collaborators for improving the access, value and quality of care in our region.”

The strategic partnership establishes a joint management committee made up of senior management and Board members from each health care provider, and reflects no changes in the leadership, management, or ownership of any of the partner entities. The committee will oversee a portfolio of collaboration initiatives and make recommendations regarding the operationalizing of the collaboration to the partners’ respective Board of Directors or Board of Trustees.

“Forming this regional partnership builds upon Cheshire’s existing collaborations, allowing us to share and maintain high levels of specialty medical services throughout southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire,” said CMC/DHK CEO/President and Chief Medical Officer Don Caruso, MD, MPH.

“We’ll be able to improve local access to specialty care and seamlessly refer patients between services, while reinforcing the affordability of health care with financially strong and vibrant hospitals at the center of both Windham and Cheshire Counties.”

“Collaborations with regional providers are key elements in our work to create a sustainable health system that will improve the lives of the people and communities we serve, for generations to come,” said

Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Dr. James N. Weinstein. “To make care more effective, efficient, affordable, and convenient to our patients and their families, we need to find new models that ensure excellent care and highest quality to communities in the Keene and Brattleboro area.”

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has provided health care services for more than 100 years. A licensed, 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont, it serves a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The medical staff includes 137 board-certified physicians, both primary care and many specialists, and its 572 employees enjoy the help of over 110 active volunteers.

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK) is a nonprofit community hospital and clinic with a mission to lead our community to become the nation’s healthiest through our clinical and service excellence, collaboration, and compassion for every patient, every time. Founded by CMC/DHK, Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a community-wide health initiative designed to actively engage the citizens of Cheshire County in the process of becoming the nation’s healthiest community by 2020. Cheshire Medical Center is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock affiliate hospital.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a nonprofit academic health system that serves a population of 1.9 million in New England. Anchored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, the system includes the  Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the  Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; affiliate hospitals in Keene and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine. In partnership with the  Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at  Dartmouth and the  White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, it trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research.