- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire state officials say they’re dismayed by an announcement of big layoffs at a major hospital two days after they awarded it a $36.5 million contract to run the state psychiatric facility.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center announced up to 400 coming layoffs on Friday, with a spokesman saying it was too early to say what impact they might have on New Hampshire Hospital in Concord.

The Concord Monitor reports (https://bit.ly/2ceOtro ) that the Lebanon-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock currently employs roughly two-dozen psychiatrists, advanced nurses and administrators to care for patients with severe mental illness at the Concord facility.

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu of Newfields - a Republican candidate for governor - says he was “floored” by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock announcement. He and other officials said they had no indication it was coming.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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