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[MERRIMACK, NH] — SolutionHealth (parent organization of Elliot Health System and Southern New Hampshire Health) and Home Health & Hospice Care (HHHC) have reached another milestone in the process to combine services to provide enhanced post-acute care services to the people of southern New Hampshire.
A Definitive Agreement to affiliate entities has been developed by both organizations. The proposed affiliation has now been submitted for review and approval by state and federal regulatory agencies.
The proposed affiliation, centers on HHHC (including the Community Hospice House) in principle operating as part of SolutionHealth, alongside Elliot Health System, the VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire Health and developing a fully integrated, regionally-coordinated system of post-acute care.
The affiliation will allow for increased access to clinical expertise, seamless information technology, and new and innovative programs and services, all utilizing the expertise of two of the region’s most experienced home health agencies as a foundation.
“Offering services as part of a new post-acute care division within SolutionHealth enhances our ability to provide care in patient homes and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. Sharing a common health care record platform will also help to coordinate care and lead to greater patient satisfaction. At the same time, we remain committed to the meaningful relationships that we have developed with all health care providers and will continue to work collaboratively to best serve patients in southern New Hampshire,” said John Getts, HHHC President and CEO.
Under the terms of the proposed combination HHHC will keep its name and remain an independently licensed, not-for-profit, charitable health care organization. While becoming part of the SolutionHealth family, HHHC will maintain its own board of trustees, community connections, and fundraising activities.
“Our goal remains to provide a comprehensive suite of services to ensure access to high-quality post-acute care throughout southern New Hampshire,” said Sherry Hausmann, President and CEO of SolutionHealth. “We are excited about the possibilities this combination can bring. HHHC is a true leader in post-acute care and we are thrilled to be partnering with them to provide these important services to our community.”
For patients and providers, this partnership offers many benefits, including an integrated medical record which will close care gaps and improve patient outcomes, expanded access to care, greater clinical specialty sophistication, enhanced community education and volunteer programs, increased population health and wellness offerings, and improvements to clinical and operational efficiency. Coming together will also improve the coordination of staff resources and support the ability to retain and enhance clinical workforce teams.
Assuming satisfactory completion of regulatory reviews, the parties expect the proposed combination to take effect by early 2022. Part of the process includes holding a listening session where residents are invited to learn more. This forum, run by state officials, will be announced at a later date.