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Geisel/DHMC’s Post-Kim Chaos

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and the Geisel School of Medecine are still digging out of the post-Kim wreckage. Kim’s “20 in 20” program to push Geisel into the ranks of the nation’s Top 20 medical schools was ill-thought-out and financially ruinous — as was almost everything Kim did. The Valley News is doing a good job covering developments like the recent drop in DHMC’s credit rating by Standard and Poor’s from AA to A, and the institutions’s upcoming round of layoffs and restructuring. The paper leads off a recent story, Hundreds of Geisel Employees to Learn Fate Next Week, as follows:

Hanover — Employees of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College will learn next week whether the school’s deficit-driven restructuring measures will leave them unemployed, require them to start over as employees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock or leave their current job status intact.

Although the college won’t say how many employees will see their employment statuses change, an email sent out Tuesday afternoon signaled that hundreds of employees will be affected.

The email, which was signed by Interim Dean Duane Compton, started on a positive note: “Thank you for your commitment to Geisel and for your patience during our strategic transformation process.”

But it made clear that the looming, though not fully detailed changes that have sparked uncertainty and worry among some of Geisel’s more than 300 faculty members and many of its more than 800 other employees are still on the way.

Thanks, Jim.

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