Exeter Health Resources and Beth Israel Lahey Health Sign Letter of Intent

March 15, 2022

Exeter, NH and Cambridge, MA – Exeter Health Resources, Inc. (Exeter), including Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians and Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) to further explore the opportunity for Exeter to join BILH. The decision represents the first step toward reaching a definitive agreement intended to strengthen, enhance and expand local access to high quality care in New Hampshire.

Exeter's selection of BILH is the culmination of a yearlong competitive evaluation of multiple health systems across New Hampshire and the broader New England Region. After extensive analysis and consideration, Exeter chose to move forward exclusively with BILH given their shared commitment to ensuring Exeter patients have enduring access to world-class care, close to home. This commitment includes expanding and locally delivering a full continuum of clinical services, including behavioral healthcare, in a seamless, coordinated, and cost-effective manner.

"Exeter Health Resources and its affiliates have a long history of delivering high quality healthcare to the residents of the New Hampshire" Seacoast. The ability to become part of BILH's integrated healthcare delivery system provides Exeter access to those essential resources that will underpin the delivery of healthcare in the future," said Kevin Callahan, president and CEO of Exeter Health Resources, Inc. "One of the defining factors in our Board's selection of BILH was its demonstrated commitment to not only keeping care local within the community, but to deeply invest in the advancement of that care ensuring that Seacoast residents would always have access to the most advanced clinical care right here in New Hampshire, for generations to come."

"For 125 years, Exeter has been part of the fabric of southern New Hampshire, delivering excellent care in and for the community," said Kevin Tabb, MD, president and CEO of Beth Israel Lahey Health. "The majority of care Beth Israel Lahey Health provides across New England is delivered in community-based settings, and we believe that Exeter's shared commitment to high quality care close to home makes them an exceptional fit with our system.'

Once Exeter and BILH reach a definitive agreement, reviews at the federal level, and by the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts would be required for the organizations to establish a formal relationship.

About Exeter Health Resources

Exeter Health Resources consists of three operating affiliates; Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians and Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice that together employ more than 2,400 staff members. Exeter Hospital is a not-for-profit, 100 bed, community-based acute care hospital, originally opened in 1897 with just a few beds, and now provides extensive outpatient programs in surgery, radiation and medical oncology, and cardiac catheterization. Exeter Hospital was awarded the highly coveted Magnet designation in 2015 for its nursing practices and was re-designated in April 2018. Core Physicians is a community-based, multi-specialty group practice affiliated with Exeter Health Resources. Over 140 physicians and other clinicians in more than 25 locations within the service area offer services in primary care, pediatrics, orthopedics, gastroenterology and many other medical and surgical specialties. Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is a community based non-profit home health and hospice agency that provides services throughout Rockingham County and into Strafford County.

About Beth Israel Lahey Health

Beth Israel Lahey Health is a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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