Bold leadership is required today to ensure the best health care possible for our communities tomorrow and for generations to come.  The purpose of this effort is to protect and enhance the ability of both Elliot and Southern to continue to carry out its respective historic charitable missions in the rapidly changing health care service environment by further developing a highly coordinated community based regional health care network that would improve and increase access, quality, value and community benefits, while maintaining the affordability of health care in the specific communities served by Elliot and Southern respectively, and southern New Hampshire as a region.


The leadership at Elliot and Southern carefully considered a number of factors in arriving at this moment, relying on our shared values and vision and a detailed set of guiding principles, which include:

  • The compatible missions of both Elliot and SNHH;
  • The ability of both organizations to improve access to quality care while keeping it affordable for patients;
  • Integration sufficient to enable collaboration of care and sharing of best practices;
  • The opportunity to implement and optimize state-of-the-art health care information technology;
  • The ability to collaboratively develop and maintain medical and surgical services;
  • Improving local access to specialty services throughout southern New Hampshire;
  • Greater access to financial capital to support the charitable and community-focused missions of both organizations;
  • Recognition of the rapidly changing landscape for community-based hospitals, and creating long-term organizational sustainability