Androscoggin Valley Hospital

About Androscoggin Valley Hospital

AVH is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in the White Mountains of northern NH. AVH is financially sound with a Depreciation Fund (Funds for Capital Improvements) of $21.0 million as of July 2016. In 2015, AVH achieved a 0.90% margin from operations, ranking fourth among NH’s 13 CAH’s.

AVH is located about 2.5 hours from Manchester, NH (most accessible airport for commercial flights); Portland, Maine; and Burlington, VT. AVH is located about 3.5 hours from Boston and Montreal.

AVH was distinguished to be named one of nation’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals since 2011, one of the 7 Best Large Companies to Work for in NH (2011) by Business NH Magazine, and one of the top 6 Hospitals in New Hampshire for 2016 according to 2016 Becker Hospital Review, has ranked AVH among the top 100 hospitals in the country and US News and World Report has ranked New Hampshire the 2nd best state to live in within the United States.

“The City That Trees Built” – is Coos County’s largest city, located in the Androscoggin Valley in New Hampshire’s northeastern corner. Its population, according to the 2014 census, was 9,501. Berlin extends into the White Mountain National Forest.

The city has a total area of 62.5 square miles and is situated at the confluence of the Androscoggin and Dead Rivers. AVH’s primary service area is about 16,000. The city of Berlin has a population of about 10,000.  The Mahoosuc Range is to the east. Jericho Lake State Park is west of the city center and features a man-made lake created in the 1970s and a network of ATV trails. The city's highest point is Mount Weeks, which is 3,901 feet above sea level.

Today, the City of Berlin ( is home to several historical landmarks, some of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Through the work of the Heritage Trail Partnership, the Northern White Mountain Chamber of Commerce, and the Northern Forest Heritage Park, a walking tour of the City's landmarks has been created, along with a museum and reception center. 

Berlin is a community where people work together to diversify the economy, sustain their spiritual and cultural heritage, protect natural resources, increase educational opportunities, build a positive self-image and improve the quality of life for all. The White Mountains offer 4 seasons, family-friendly towns, excellent student/teacher ratios in local schools, no state income tax, and abundant outdoor recreation (skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, ATV riding, camping, and more). Outlet shopping is only 42 miles away. Reasonable access to Boston; Montreal; Portland, Maine; Burlington, Vermont; and NH seacoast.

The Culture

At AVH our team is committed to providing the highest quality of service by meeting our patient’s needs with the utmost care and courtesy. Every member of our team feels a sense of ownership and takes pride in what they do. We are linked to one another by a common mission: “Delivering the best healthcare experience for every patient, every day.” We treat one another with courtesy and respect and exercise empathy on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your role. From our providers and nurses on the front line of patient care, to our accounting professionals supporting the bottom line. From our kitchen staff creating and serving healthy well-balanced meals, to our maintenance and housekeeping staff who make sure our sidewalks are clear of debris and our floors are sanitized. At AVH the work we do saves lives.

Top reasons to work at AVH include:

• Strong patient centered culture
• Excellent teamwork
• Nice work environment in a clean, beautiful facility
• Job opportunities for all education and experience
• Attractive benefits

The outlook and future of AVH remains bright, and our momentum is increasing! We are proud of the staff and providers at AVH and their commitment to serving the families and visitors to the Berlin/Gorham region. It is evident that the providers, nurses, and staff here at AVH are making a tremendous difference in the lives of area residents. 

"The practitioners and support staff of AVH Surgical Associates create a friendly environment not only for patients, but also for staff. I welcome you to experience this environment yourself." - Krzysztof Z. Plociennik, MD, FACOG

"I can honestly say that I LOVE my job, more today than ever. 25 years of greeting friends and helping people never gets old." -Sue Garneau, AVH Switchboard Operator

"Working here in the North Country is highly rewarding. Not only is it a great place to practice medicine, but the region offers so much in terms of quality of life. And the staff at AVH are wonderful—kind, caring and professional." - Richard Lorenz, PA-C

"My entire professional career has been devoted to serving people in the North Country.  I listen to my patients.  They will tell me 90% of what I need to know." -Dr. J. Rodger Wood


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