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Lahey Hospital loses CEO to New Hampshire health system

15nopeople - Dr. Joanne Mather Conroy. (Handout)
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Dr. Joanne Mather Conroy.

The chief executive of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington is leaving to lead New Hampshire’s largest health system.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system of Lebanon, N.H. said Thursday that Dr. Joanne Mather Conroy would become CEO on Aug. 7.

Conroy has had the top job at Lahey Hospital since July 2014. The hospital is the flagship location of Lahey Health, a system headed by Dr. Howard Grant.

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Lahey Health does not plan to hire a new CEO for the Burlington hospital. It said Grant would serve as CEO of both the parent company and the Burlington hospital after Conroy’s departure. Grant previously worked in both roles.

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Lahey Health is currently negotiating a merger with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and other hospitals.

Grant, in a statement, said Conroy helped guide Lahey Hospital “through a time of dynamic change.”

Though the hospital has struggled with financial losses in recent years, Conroy told reporters on a phone call Thursday that she was proud of her work there, particularly in recruiting more than 100 new physicians and other care providers, and expanding the hospital’s work through outpatient centers.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s board selected Conroy, 61, after a search process that included dozens of applicants. Conroy will replace Dr. James N. Weinstein, who is retiring.

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At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Conroy will oversee a system with about $1.9 billion in annual revenue, which operates a hospital in Lebanon, N.H., and several medical clinics in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Priyanka Dayal McCluskey can be reached at priyanka.mccluskey@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @priyanka_dayal.