I’m excited to share the news that today our primary clinical partner Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health announced the rebranding of the health system as Dartmouth Health.
While the Dartmouth Health system remains an independent entity separate from Dartmouth College, this new name and identity is an affirmation of the close alignment and strong connections between our two organizations and the importance of our academic partnership. Our missions of education, research, and clinical excellence are deeply intertwined, fueled by a shared culture of collaboration, innovation, and academic rigor.
The new Dartmouth Health identity also reflects the growth of the health system to include not just Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinics, but five other organizations as well, as described in the full Dartmouth Health news release here.
With this change also comes the renaming of Norris Cotton Cancer Center as Dartmouth Cancer Center. Since its inception 50 years ago, the Cancer Center has been a joint effort of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the Geisel School of Medicine. Its new name represents the Cancer Center’s deep integration with Dartmouth Health and all of Dartmouth College—not only the Geisel School of Medicine, but also the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, Tuck School of Business, and the Arts & Sciences. This new name is also a recognition of the Cancer Center’s stature as an engine of discovery, innovation, and education, as well as its excellence in clinical care.
With these changes, we will not forget our history: the Hitchcock name and the legacy of Senator Norris Cotton will continue to be honored. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Dartmouth- Hitchcock Clinics—both members of the broader Dartmouth Health system—will retain those names. The Cancer Center’s flagship clinical facilities at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be named the Norris Cotton Cancer Care Pavilion.
The relationship between Dartmouth Health and the Geisel School of Medicine—and all of Dartmouth College—has never been stronger than it is today. The rebranding of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health as Dartmouth Health will further strengthen those ties and is the start of an exciting new chapter for all of us.
Duane Compton, PhD
Dean, Geisel School of Medicine