NH DHHS - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Agrees to Be Ebola Referral Hospital

Concord, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, New

Hampshire, has expressed willingness to accept patients with Ebola

infection from other New Hampshire hospitals who require ongoing care and

treatment. In some cases ongoing care may be managed at DHMC, while in

others, referral to a designated national center may be the plan. The New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of

Public Health Services (DPHS), in coordination with the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention (CDC), will help to identify the optimal location of


While all hospitals in the State are capable of initially identifying and

appropriately isolating any patient presenting with signs and symptoms of

Ebola infection who also have a consistent travel history (to Liberia,

Sierra Leone, or Guinea), we do not expect all hospitals to have the same

capabilities in managing a patient with Ebola and the possible

complications. DPHS has been in conversation with hospital leadership

around the State and will continue working with all hospitals. Any suspect

or identified Ebola patient will be closely managed in coordination with

DPHS. DHHS continues to work closely with the medical community to ensure

the State is prepared for the possibility of a patient with Ebola

presenting to a New Hampshire healthcare facility.

There are currently no suspect Ebola patients in New Hampshire and there

have been no patients in the United States identified outside of Dallas,

Texas, after a man travelling from Liberia developed Ebola and transmitted

the infection to two healthcare workers caring for him.

“We are grateful that Dartmouth Hitchcock has stepped forward and agreed to

be the referral hospital for New Hampshire,” said Dr. José Montero,

Director of Public Health at DHHS. “As we learn more about this outbreak

and this virus it makes sense to adapt our plans and procedures to better

serve Granite Staters and focusing advanced preparations on one hospital is

one way to do this.”

American Medical Response Ambulance (AMR) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced

Response Team (DHART) have also agreed to provide ground transport for any

Ebola patients identified in New Hampshire from the hospital or healthcare

facility they arrive at to DHMC. DPHS continues to work closely with our

public health partners and the healthcare providers in the State to ensure

preparedness. We are providing training webinars for healthcare providers

and hospitals, assisting healthcare providers with their preparedness

efforts, assessing the resources in the State, and creating and posting

materials to the DHHS website at


For further information on Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention at www.cdc.gov  or the World Health Organization at www.who.int .