Days after layoff announcement, N.H. Hospital chief medical officer says he will resign early next year

  • New Hampshire Hospital in Concord as seen on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Published: 9/19/2016 5:41:04 PM

Following the recent news of layoffs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Folks announced he is leaving the hospital in January.

Folks has been chief medical officer at the state psychiatric hospital since 2008 and is a Dartmouth-Hitchcock employee.

“Dartmouth-Hitchcock will immediately undertake a process to identify a new Chief Medical Officer before Dr. Folks leaves in four months,” said Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeff Meyers in a statement Monday.

Meyers added that his department and New Hampshire Hospital leadership would work closely with Dartmouth-Hitchcock on a transition plan make sure the change doesn’t impact services the state psychiatric hospital provides.

Meyers said a new chief medical officer would be put in place before Folks departs.

Folks said the decision was a difficult one, and he remains proud of the level of clinical care provided to patients at New Hampshire Hospital, which he called “one of the finest state psychiatric institutions in the country.”

“I urge state officials to support the long-term relationship between NHH and the Department of Psychiatry of Dartmouth-Hitchcock for the benefit of the citizens of New Hampshire,” he said in a statement sent out by Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The state recently awarded Dartmouth-Hitchcock a $36.5 million contract to staff the hospital for three years, taking over an agreement long held by Dartmouth College.

The transition proved controversial and sparked a labor dispute that pushed nearly a dozen New Hampshire Hospital psychiatric staff out the door in July.

The five-member Executive Council approved the contract unanimously in early September, after delaying a vote for weeks over concerns with staffing levels, the labor dispute and a patient suicide.

Executive councilors and top state officials said they had no knowledge Dartmouth-Hitchcock planned to lay off hundreds of employees when the contract was approved. But Dartmouth-Hitchcock officials have assured that none of the planned layoffs will affect workers at the state hospital.




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