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Giant Massachusetts Healthcare Network Buys Its First N.H. Hospital

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Massachusetts' largest healthcare network has taken its first step into the New Hampshire health market by purchasing Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. 

Wentworth-Douglass in Dover and Mass. General Hospital in Boston have been clinical partners since 2008, and both say the acquisition will give the New Hampshire hospital access to more specialized doctors.

Mass. General is the largest hospital in Massachusetts, and it's one of many hospitals owned by Partners Healthcare - a massive company that has consolidated market share in Massachusetts and been investigated by the federal government for allegedly driving up the price of healthcare.

In 2015, Partners backed away from buying two more Massachusetts hospitals after regulators raised concerns it could further consolidate the company's market share in the state. At that time, Partners said it planned to look beyond the Bay State to expand further.

Wentworth-Douglass is the first hospital Partners has bought outside Massachusetts. 

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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