Innovation and compassionate care for our New Hampshire and Vermont neighbors are rooted deeply in our long history. From the founding of Dartmouth Medical College in 1797—one of the original four medical schools in America—to the formation of our ever-expanding network of hospitals, clinics, home care and facilities across our region, this foundational commitment remains embedded in our culture.
Timeline: Growing our system
Dartmouth Medical School, the fourth medical school in the nation, is founded by Nathan Smith.
Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital opens in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Anna Littlefield, MD, one of the founders of New London Hospital, becomes the first female doctor in the New London area.
Visiting Nurses Association services are initiated in Windsor, Vermont.
The White River Junction Veteran’s Administration Hospital opens and becomes a Dartmouth Medical School teaching affiliate.
Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital moves to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop establishes the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) is launched. It is the first air ambulance service in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health is formed with two members, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic.
New London Hospital joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
Cheshire Medical Center joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and West Health Partnership create the first rural geriatric emergency department.
Ground is broken for the new Patient Pavilion at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health name is formally changed to Dartmouth Health.