Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend are looking for ways to collaborate more closely.
They say the goal is to make health care more cost-effective and accessible in southeastern Vermont.
The hospitals are only 17 miles apart and they want to learn how they can better coordinate care in the region.
They’re turning to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and a consulting firm to gather data that will lead to recommendations later this year.
Steven Gordon is president of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.