Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center

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Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center
Aerial view of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon New Hampshire on 2015-07-06.jpg
LocationOne Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States
Affiliated universityGeisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
Helipad(FAA LID: NH82)
ListsHospitals in New Hampshire

Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is the U.S. state of New Hampshire's only academic medical center. It is headquartered in Lebanon, New Hampshire on a 225-acre (91 ha) campus in the heart of the Upper Connecticut River Valley. DHMC is New Hampshire's only Level I Trauma Center,[1] one of only three in northern New England, and it includes New Hampshire's only air ambulance service.


Main entrance of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

DHMC consists of several facilities:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (DHMH) has a 396-inpatient bed capacity and serves as a major tertiary-care referral site for northern New England. DHMH is one of 14 members of the New England Alliance for Health, a regional network of hospitals and other health care organizations in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts that share a common commitment to finding cost-effective and innovative ways to meet the health care needs of each member's community.

Also making up DHMC are the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, a network of more than 900 primary and specialty care physicians located throughout New Hampshire and Vermont; Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, one of America's oldest medical schools; and the Veterans Affairs Regional Medical and Office Center at White River Junction, Vermont.

DHMC is also home to the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 69[2] National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation.[3]

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team Eurocopter EC135 in 2013.

DHMC is home to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART). DHART crews provide ground and air medical transportation services to the medical communities of northern New England. In addition, DHART flight crews respond to public safety agency requests for medical evacuation of trauma patients from scenes of injury, and will transport to the closest trauma center in the region.[4]


Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, circa 1887

1797: Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) was founded by Dr. Nathan Smith. It is the fourth-oldest medical school in the country.[5] In 2012 Dartmouth renamed the school the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in honor of Audrey and Theodor Geisel.[6]

1893: Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) was built by Hiram Hitchcock in memory of his wife, Mary Maynard Hitchcock.[5]

1927: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic (DHC) was established by a group of five physicians.[5]

1938: The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, opened.[5]

1980s: Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center began planning for a new facility. Construction of the $228 million project began in 1988 on a 225-acre (91 ha) wooded site in Lebanon, New Hampshire.[citation needed]

1991: On October 5, 1991, the new DHMC facility opened for business.[5]

2004: In August 2004, the new Doctors Office Building opened (now named the Faulkner Building), increasing the campus size by 40 percent.[citation needed]

2010: The Outpatient Surgery Center opened in 2010, adding 41,000 square feet (3,800 m2) just a short distance from the main complex.[7]


  1. ^ "New Hampshire Hospitals | Kling Report". klingreport.com. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "NCI-Designated Cancer Centers". National Cancer Institute. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth". National Cancer Institute. September 6, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "DHART History | DHART | Dartmouth-Hitchcock". www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Fact Sheet" (PDF). dartmouth-hitchcock.org. 2010.
  6. ^ "Fox In Socks! Dartmouth Names Its Medical School After Dr. Seuss". NPR.org. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Shepley Bulfinch cuts ribbon on new 41,000 s/f Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's outpatient surgery center". New England Real Estate Journal. August 19, 2010. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

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