Local health organizations reaffirm partnership

BERLIN — Last month, the board of directors of Androscoggin Valley Hospital and Coos County Family Health Services voted to extend and expand their long-standing formal partnership.

“Given the role that our organizations play in the community, our continued collaboration is crucial to the well-being and prosperity of area residents,”said Donna Goodrich and Joan Merrill, respective board chairpersons of Androscoggin Valley Hospital and Coos County Family Health Services. “This formal agreement reinforces our commitment to the mission of ensuring that area residents have access to a broad range of primary, specialty and acute care services for years to come.”

During the past 14 years, this collaboration has supported the work of both organizations and has made it possible to expand the services available in the community to include dental care, behavioral health, pharmacy assistance and weekend clinics.

The agreement also establishes a new vehicle to support the health and wellbeing of area residents through the creation of a Community Investment Fund. The fund will develop and support initiatives designed to address the social determinants of health.

“We know that there are many issues — transportation, access to food and medicine, and loneliness, to name a few — that can have a direct bearing on a person’s health. The Community Investment Fund will take aim at issues like these that are outside the traditional focus of medicine, but that are nonetheless critical to our health and well-being. Our organizations are excited to begin this new endeavor, and welcome other groups who would like to join us in this effort,” said Mike Peterson, Androscoggin Valley Hospital president and Ken Gordon, Coos County Family Health Services chief executive officer.

For more information about this ongoing collaboration, contact James Patry, Androscoggin Valley Hospital senior director, patient experience and marketing, at (603) 326-5606.

CGBA Photo 6 22 17Pictured from the left, Ken Gordon, chief executive officer, Coos County Family Health Services; Joan Merrill, board chairperson, Coos County Family Health Services; Donna Goodrich, board chairperson, AVH; Michael Peterson, FACHE, president, AVH. (COURTESY PHOTO)