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Joanne Conroy, MD, named CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Conroy, current CEO of Lahey Hospital in Massachusetts, replaces James Weinstein, who steps down June 30.

Susan Morse, Senior Editor

Joanne Mather Conroy, MD, currently CEO of Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, has been selected as CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health in New Hampshire, replacing James N. Weinstein, MD, who steps down as CEO and president on June 30.

Conroy will assume her role on August 7.

Weinstein called Conroy "a fantastic choice" for Dartmouth-Hitchcock who will carry forward the themes of population health and value-based care in new payment models.

The Board of Trustees chose Conroy from among dozens of highly qualified applicants from across the nation, according to Trustee William Conaty, co-chair of the Search Committee.

"From this extraordinary group, Dr. Conroy quickly rose to the top," he said.

The appointment was made by a unanimous vote of the board at a special meeting on June 14, according to Board of Trustees Chair Anne-Lee Verville.

Verville said the board appreciated Conroy's experience at Lahey  working to develop and drive an effective clinical integration strategy, expand research and educational programs and strengthen a culture of philanthropy.

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"In Dr. Conroy, the trustees believe we have found an exceptional person to lead the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system," Verville said. "The search committee and the board were particularly impressed by Dr. Conroy's collaborative approach, communication skills, and demonstrated ability to think and work strategically to achieve key goals."

Conroy is a 1977 graduate of Dartmouth College.

"Coming back to New Hampshire is like a homecoming for me," Conroy said by statement. "It will be wonderful to be back in a place I love, but more wonderful still to have the privilege of serving an organization I've long admired as a leader in patient-centered care and the evolution of care delivery."

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Lahey Hospital and Medical Center is a 343-bed hospital serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. It is the flagship center for the Lahey Health System, as well as teaching and partner research location for Tufts University School of Medicine.

Conroy previously held leadership positions at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Atlantic Health System, and the Association of American Medical Colleges.

After graduating with a BA in Chemistry from Dartmouth, Conroy received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Between July 1 and August 6, Edward Merrens, MD, chief clinical officer, and Stephen J. LeBlanc, chief administrative officer, will hold the titles of co-interim CEO and president, reporting to the Board of Trustees.

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"Dartmouth-Hitchcock combines the best of medical skill, technology, teaching, and research for the benefit of patients and families, and at the same time, never stops in its quest for improvement," Conroy said. "I look forward to being part of that passionate quest in partnership with the patients of the region."


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