Androscoggin Valley Hospital Named a 2018 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Androscoggin Valley Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.  This is the sixth year in a row and seventh time in the last eight years that AVH receives this prestigious honor.

“This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best healthcare possible to our community, while maintaining an efficient and effective facility,” said Michael Peterson, FACHE, AVH President.

AVH scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®.  The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.  The list of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals can be found at

The Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement.  When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Androscoggin Valley Hospital and its specialty physician practice, AVH Surgical Associates, work diligently to meet the majority of healthcare needs within New Hampshire’s Androscoggin Valley.  AVH is very proud of this recognition and is most thankful for its providers and staff who helped the Hospital attain this achievement.  For more information, please call James Patry, MBA, MS, Senior Director, Patient Experience and Marketing, at 603.326.5606.  AVH is a proud member of North Country Healthcare and may be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

About The Chartis Group
The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the healthcare industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children's hospitals and healthcare service organizations achieve transformative results. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at