- Associated Press - Monday, December 9, 2019

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire hospital officials have been trying to steer more emergency room patients to a smaller hospital as part of a continuing integration process.

The decision by officials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital follows the merger between the two hospitals in response to the closing of Alice Peck Day’s birthing center last year, the Valley News reported.

Alice Peck Day’s 25-bed critical access facility near downtown Lebanon adopted the same electronic medical record as Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which also includes three other hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The two hospitals began sharing staff to cover Alice Peck’s emergency department and hospital services in September when the contract between the hospital and Texas-based EmCare ended.

“Combining our hospitals and ED services on campuses located only four miles away from one another is part of our strategic plan to meet the needs of our community,” Alice Peck Day spokeswoman Kelli Pippin told the Valley News.

Dartmouth-Hitchock’s emergency department reports an average of 32,000 visits annually, more than five times the average 6,000 visitors that Alice Peck Day’s emergency department sees.

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