Meet Michael Peterson, FACHE, AVH President & CEO

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I would like to take a few moments to thank and congratulate the providers, nurses and staff of Androscoggin Valley Hosptial for helping North Country Healthcare, of which AVH is a proud partner, achieve the honor of being named a Best Place to Work by Modern Healthcare. This is an outstanding and noteworthy achievement, and showcases how truly dedicated all of our internal stakeholders are. This accomplishment fills me with an overwhelming sense of pride, as it speaks to the culture that the NCH and AVH teams have created.

This recognition doesn’t simply “happen.” It takes us all looking forward, believing that we can achieve perfection, and tolerating nothing but our very best delivery every day. It takes collaboration, communication, accountability, and a true sense of ownership to pull this off. It takes a Board of Trustees, a Medical Staff, and Administrative Team working in concert to demonstrate the support and leadership ability to facilitate an environment where each and every employee at AVH can achieve his or her true potential. This recognition simply reinforces my long-held belief that we can reach our stated Vision of being one of the Top 10 Critical Access Hospitals in the Country. The people here truly care…not only for the patients we serve, who are indeed our friends and neighbors, but also very much for each other. It’s this level of engagement and teamwork that have allowed us to be so successful, and will continue to move us forward in the coming years.

The outlook and future of AVH remain bright. Knowing that our retention rate of excellent providers, nurses, and all of our other staff is greater than twice the national average, I’m also confident that our experience working together as a team for the benefit of the people we care for will enable us to continue to do so for the long haul.

I invite you to visit us in healthy times, so you can experience all of these things first hand; and am very comforted to know that AVH is here for you if you need us in not-so-healthy times as well.

Michael Peterson, FACHE