Meet Michael Peterson, FACHE, AVH President.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you may know, the healthcare industry is going through significant changes, not the least of which is an increasing focus on quality, value, and collaboration.  Androscoggin Valley Hospital remains committed first and foremost to ensuring a high quality experience every time that you walk through our doors.

It is evident that the providers, nurses, and staff here at AVH are making a tremendous difference in the lives of area residents. 

Some of the exciting things happening include:

With our recent affiliation membership in North Country Healthcare (NCH), the newest Integrated Health Delivery Network in New Hampshire, along with our sister hospitals (Littleton Regional Healthcare in Littleton; Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster; and Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook), we’re working together to improve the quality and limit the cost of health care in the North Country.

The offerings of AVH Surgical Associates continue to grow and provide a wide range of services to meet the majority of area residents’ healthcare needs, including the expansion of our orthopaedic service offerings to include a new provider from The Alpine Clinic, a direct result of our new collaborative affiliation with NCH.  More new or expanded services will be announced in the near future.

The recent Accreditation by the American College of Radiology of four modalities within our diagnostic imaging service line relies on external objective reviews of key criteria that validate the state-of-the-art tools and techniques used by our staff, providing the very best imaging services available.

The Hospital underwent a Center for Medicare Studies’ unannounced three-year inspection in May.  A team of seven surveyors spent three days on site looking for deficiencies.  After a rigorous review, the team concluded that we were meeting or exceeding their standards in each and every Condition of Participation with Medicare from a facility safety and security standpoint and from a general clinical practice perspective.

The outlook and future of AVH remains bright, and our momentum is increasing!  I continue to be extremely proud of the staff and providers here at AVH, and their commitment to serving the families of and visitors to the Berlin/Gorham region.



Michael Peterson, FACHE