North Country Healthcare Up and Running

The long-planned affiliation of the four North Country hospitals -- Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Berlin; Littleton Regional Healthcare; Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, Colebrook; and Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster became official with the completion of closing documents.

The closing launches a new system called North Country Healthcare. Its purpose is to coordinate the activities of the four hospitals in the areas of planning, administration, purchasing, human resources, marketing, finance and contracting. Its goal will be to maintain access to high quality, affordable health care throughout the North Country.

The new arrangement maintains the four independently governed North Country hospitals as critical access hospitals providing care in their local communities. The four hospitals retain their names, their individual Boards of Trustees, and control of their assets and charitable endowments.

Warren West, head of Littleton Regional Healthcare, and Russ Keene, formerly head of Androscoggin Valley Hospital have been selected by the new board to lead the new system, West as CEO and Keene as President and CFO.

Michael Peterson, FACHE has been selected as the new president of AVH. Recruitment is underway for new site leaders at LRH, Weeks Medical Center and Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital.

Mark Kelley, former chair of Androscoggin Valley Hospital’s board, will also chair the North Country Healthcare board. Donald Crane, treasurer of the Weeks Medical Center board will serve as its vice chair. Steve Trooboff, former chair of Littleton Regional Healthcare’s board, will serve as North Country Healthcare’s treasurer. Greg Placy, chair of Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital’s board will serve as its secretary.

The newly formed board of directors held its orientation last month and will hold its first official meeting on May 5.

“I'm excited that we’ve reached this point,” said Kelley. “Now we can roll up our sleeves and get to work to build a health system that makes life better in the communities our hospitals serve.”

More information about the North Country Hospitals affiliation may be found at