MARCH 5, 2021
North Country Healthcare (NCH) is pleased to offer a number of COVID-19 Phase 1B vaccination clinics this weekend. Appointments are required.
- Former Brown School, 190 Norway St., Berlin, NH: (603) 752-2300; COVIDvaccine@avhnh.org
- Weeks Medical Center, 173 Middle St., Lancaster, NH: (603) 788-5656; COVIDvaccine@northcountryhealth.org
FEBRUARY 16, 2021
North Country Healthcare (NCH) continues to provide COVID-19 vaccines to New Hampshire residents within Phase 1B, the criteria of which can be seen here
. If experiencing problems registering at vaccines.nh.gov
, please contact the NCH affiliate hospital nearest you:
- Androscoggin Valley Hospital: (603) 752-2300; COVIDvaccine@avhnh.org
- Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital: (603) 388-4259; COVIDvaccine@ucvh.org
- Weeks Medical Center: (603) 788-5656; COVIDvaccine@northcountryhealth.org
JANUARY 27, 2021
As North Country Healthcare (NCH) begins its COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, we ask for your patience. NCH is currently receiving only 400 vaccines each week. We are hopeful that supplies increase.
A reminder that anyone who qualifies for the vaccine under Phase 1B may request an appointment at vaccines.nh.gov
JANUARY 25, 2021
Do you have questions about Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination? If so, please click here
. If you meet the criteria, an appointment to receive the vaccine may be made by visiting vaccines.nh.gov.
JANUARY 15, 2021
Updated COVID-19 vaccination phases and timelines have been released. To see the latest, please click here
JANUARY 5, 2021
For a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to COVID-19 vaccination, as well as their answers, please click here
DECEMBER 24, 2020
There are many reasons for us to #MaskUpNewHampshire. To view a very important one, please click here
DECEMBER 17, 2020
COVID-19 vaccines have begun to be administered to employees of North Country Healthcare (NCH) and its affiliates. Employees expressing an interest in receiving the vaccine have been stratified into high, moderate and low risk per the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services' "Jump Start Phase
", also known as Phase 1a.
Such vaccination, along with masking and social distancing, play an important role in helping ensure the health and well-being of those within our communities.
DECEMBER 8, 2020
Comprehensive information about COVID-19 in New Hampshire including complete data referencing the number of active and cumulative cases is available for viewing by clicking here
DECEMBER 3, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has, effective December 2, 2020, reduced the previous 14-day quarantine recommendation for people who were exposed to 10 days without COVID-19 symptoms. For more information, please click here
NOVEMBER 30, 2020
The North Country Healthcare (NCH) Incident Command Team continues to meet regularly to share information and best practices relative to the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in our communities. The Team is comprised of Chief Nursing Officers of all three hospital affiliates as well as other leadership from the hospitals, North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency, and North Country Healthcare itself, the parent organization.
NOVEMBER 17, 2020
Drive-up COVID-19 testing remains available throughout the North Country, at various NCH locations. For a complete list as well as how to make an appointment, please click here
NOVEMBER 4, 2020
North Country Healthcare reminds everyone to please "Mask Up" as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19 in and beyond our communities. Face coverings can help reduce virus transmission. For more information about the Mask Up New Hampshire initiative, please click here
OCTOBER 29, 2020
North Country Healthcare is pleased to offer BiNAX rapid antigen COVID-19 testing for patients with active symptoms and PCR for patients who are without symptoms. For testing details, please click here
OCTOBER 24, 2020
North Country Healthcare hospitals are pleased to partner with our healthcare partners in providing COVID-19 (including drive-up) testing. Please note that appointments are required, dependent on location. For more information, please click here
SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidelines relative to what you should do if you are sick. For complete information, please click here
SEPTEMBER 4, 2020
Looking for a location within New Hampshire to get tested for COVID-19? A comprehensive list can be viewed by clicking here.
AUGUST 5, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommendations on how to care for someone sick at home. For more information, please click here
JULY 28, 2020
North Country Healthcare is encouraging area residents and visitors to #MaskUpNewHampshire. Wearing a protective face covering can health stop the spread of numerous airborne viruses. For more information, please click here
JULY 10, 2020
Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH), a proud partner of North Country Healthcare (NCH), has learned that one of its employees tested positive for Coronavirus earlier this week. The team member is quarantined at home. Any patients or employees who may have been in contact with the employee have been notified. Please know that NCH affiliate hospitals, including AVH, remain safe places to receive care. We look forward to helping meet your healthcare needs now and in the future. For more information, please click here
JUNE 30, 2020
North Country Healthcare affiliates continue to implement clinical best practices to keep you and your loved ones safe. Such measures include the limitation of visitors, wearing of masks, and social distancing.
JUNE 14, 2020
Is your business/civic organization opening/expanding services tomorrow? The team at North Country Healthcare can help! We're offering free clinical consulting services to help you take the worry and confusion out of what you should do to help ensure a healthy environment. Simply call James Patry, System Director, Marketing, at (603) 326-5606 for more information.
JUNE 9, 2020
North Country Healthcare continues to practice social distancing and mask wearing at our facilities. Please note that visitation remains restricted at our locations, with special exceptions for delivering mothers, end-of-life care, and pediatrics.
JUNE 6, 2020
North Country Healthcare (NCH) is pleased to announce that its affiliates will move to Phase 3 of Re-establishment of services. For more information, please click here
MAY 21, 2020
North Country Healthcare is pleased to offer complementary clinical consulting services for area businesses / civic organizations in re-opening / re-establishment of services. For details, please click here
MAY 18, 2020
Tom Mee, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of North Country Healthcare was featured on New Hampshire Public Radio this morning. To listen, simply click here.
MAY 12, 2020
A number of services have resumed at NCH affiliates, where each entity continues to act in an abundance of caution and with a continued focus of patient safety. For more information, please click here
MAY 8, 2020
Learn more about our preparations for resuming a number of services to our patients, by clicking here
MAY 7, 2020
In a statement issued earlier today, the NH Division of Public Health Services has indicated that "as the COVID-19 outbreak stabilizes in New Hampshire, we are transitioning to a containment strategy." A four-step "Box It In" themed-approach will be undertaken. For more information, please click here
MAY 6, 2020
Using best clinical practices, North Country Healthcare affiliates have been developing plans and procedures for resuming select services at our facilities and patient homes (Home Health, continued telehealth). For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.
MAY 4, 2020
Incident Command Centers of North Country Healthcare and our affiliates continue to meet regularly to develop surge plans and secure resources. We continue to welcome and appreciate donations of masks, face shields and gowns. For information about how you can support healthcare in your area, please click here
MAY 1, 2020
Based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, we have posted a new list of frequently asked questions and answers relative to COVID-19 testing to this website. To view them, please click here
APRIL 30, 2020
Testing at the National Guard Armory on North Main Street in Lancaster is now available eight hours per day, seven days per week for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19. An order from your primary care provider is required. If you don’t have a primary care provider or health insurance, please dial 2-1-1.
APRIL 27, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added a number of new symptoms to the list of those which may appear 2-14 days after exposure to COVID-19. For a list, simply click here
. As always, if you suspect you may have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or are exhibiting these symptoms yourself and are concerned that you may have COVID-19, please contact your primary care provider. If you don't have a primary care provider, please dial 2-1-1 or your local primary care office.
APRIL 21, 2020
We continue to thank everyone who is donating face masks, gowns, etc., for use by our staff as personal protective equipment. Interested in supporting one or more NCH affiliates in such a capacity? Please click here
to get started.
APRIL 20, 2020
Do you have questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) testing and how the issuance of a test is determined? For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here
APRIL 18, 2020
Despite the temporary suspension of some on-site availability, telehealth options remain available with a number of our specialty providers. For an appointment at one of our numerous outpatient clinics, please call (603) 788-5095
or (603) 752-2300
APRIL 17, 2020
North Country Healthcare joins the NH Hospital Association in paying tribute to our state's Health Care Heroes. To view a special message, please click here
APRIL 16, 2020
The affiliates of North Country Healthcare (NCH) continue to monitor any and all COVID-19 activity within New Hampshire and nationally. In addition, we encourage everyone to become familiar with the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, available by clicking here
APRIL 15, 2020
The affiliates of North Country Healthcare as well as our associated New England Heart & Vascular Institute locations continue to offer telehealth services during these uncertain times. Be sure to contact your healthcare provider to see if such an interaction is right for you!
APRIL 14, 2020
We thank all of the healthcare workers within and outside of North Country Healthcare. You are heroes.
APRIL 13, 2020
It's important to know the truth about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has five facts (which can be viewed by clicking here
). They can help dispel myths and provide valuable information.
APRIL 12, 2020
North County Healthcare affiliates continue to welcome donations of homemade or store-bought masks as well as other relevant personal protective equipment including face shields or goggles. If interested in donating, simply click here
. Someone will be in touch with you shortly. Thank you.
APRIL 11, 2020
Wondering what to do if you are sick? Simply click here
to answers to frequently asked questions.
APRIL 10, 2020
Important information regarding COVID-19 testing availability can be seen by clicking here
APRIL 9, 2020
Since the inception of their availability, there have been more than 600 telehealth patient interactions across the proud partners of North Country Healthcare. These appointments decrease the need for patient exposure outside of their respective residence.
APRIL 8, 2020
APRIL 7, 2020
All North Country Healthcare partners continue to welcome the donation of personal protective equipment. To learn how you can help, simply click here
APRIL 6, 2020
- Effective immediately, all patients and employees entering an NCH facility will given a mask to best protect them and the NCH workforce from COVID-19.
- Surge plans and triage drills for NCH facilities continue to be refined
APRIL 5, 2020
Face Mask protocol continues to be refined by all North Country Healthcare (NCH) partners.
APRIL 4, 2020
North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency, a proud partner of North Country Healthcare, continues to work closely with the members of the North Country Healthcare Incident Command Team on the refinement of treatment plans for any Hospice patient who would test positive for COVID-19.
APRIL 3, 2020
- Please click here for important information about the use of nebulizers during this time of COVID-19
- Telehealth services continue to be implemented for our patients, with more than 160 such appointments this week
APRIL 2, 2020
If you or someone you know uses a CPAP/BiPAP machine during this time of COVID-19, please click here
APRIL 1, 2020
North Country Healthcare and our proud partners continue to work closely on refining surge planning.
MARCH 31, 2020
North Country Healthcare affiliates welcome and greatly appreciate your support. Would you like to donate your time, talent or resources? A link to indicate how you'd like to lend your support will be available shortly. Items particularly welcomed include N95 masks, gowns and hand sanitizer. Thank you for your kind generosity to date.
MARCH 30, 2020
- Please remember to practice social distancing
- NCH-affiliate hospitals conducted remote press conferences with area media
- Questions about COVID-19 testing? Please click here.
MARCH 29, 2020
North Country Healthcare affiliates continue to work closely with community partners on enhancing available care options and resources.
The NCH Incident Command Center members continue to meet, as they have daily for multiple weeks. Planning and best practices continue to be shared. We are also working closely with our nursing homes to remain connected virtually for patient review.
MARCH 28, 2020
In order to help us make critical and judicious decisions at all of our NCH partner locations regarding COVID-19 testing, we encourage individuals to call their primary care provider (or dial 2-1-1 if you do not have a primary care provider) to determine next steps in terms of patient care. Thank you.
MARCH 27, 2020
North Country Healthcare partners continue to acquire resources including personal protective equipment donated by our community members. Hand sanitizer, facemasks and surgical gowns are welcome. Those interested can contact your local NCH affiliate.
MARCH 26, 2020
The proud partners of North Country Healthcare remind you to please take these three steps if you begin to exhibit a fever, cough or shortness of breath: 1) Call your primary care provider and follow all of his/her instructions. 2) If you don't have a primary care provider, please dial 2-1-1 or the nearest primary care office. 3) Do not visit a hospital emergency room without receiving prior arrival instructions from that medical facility.
MARCH 25, 2020
Please click here
to view a letter to the community from North Country Healthcare Chief Executive Officer, Tom Mee, RN, BSN, MBA.
MARCH 24, 2020
- MRI services will continue to be available at Androscoggin Valley Hospital for emergent needs
- Telehealth services continue to be deployed for specialty clinics, emergency care, and more
MARCH 23, 2020
- In our ongoing abundance of caution, North Country Healthcare (NCH) facilities have suspended accepting cash payments in-person and accepting customer service walk-ins. Those looking to make a payment are encouraged to use mail or online means, as available.
- Medical Records may be picked-up curbside, as available. Please call ahead.
- Telehealth options for specialty and emergency care continue to be established at NCH facilities.
MARCH 22, 2020
- First and foremost, thank you to all who have expressed an interest in or who have already donated supplies including N95 masks, hand sanitizer and gloves. Please feel free to contact your respective North Country Healthcare (NCH) facility if you would like to contribute.
- NCH facilities are increasing the use of telehealth resources available for our Hospitalists, numerous specialty providers, Home Health providers, and Emergency Department providers.
- Screening of patients and employees continues at NCH facilities
MARCH 21, 2020
In our ongoing abundance of caution, North Country Healthcare has restricted visitors to all our facilities, and effective Tuesday, March 24, will temporarily suspended outpatient specialty services. Wherever possible, we will make every effort to utilize technology to provide services between a patient's home and the respective healthcare provider. We will contact patients for whom this option will exist.
In addition, all routine laboratory tests, screening mammography, bone density, routine ultrasound, routine stress tests, pulmonary function tests, and Physical and Occupational Therapy within our hospitals have been postponed until the current public health crisis has been lifted.
If you have any questions about emergent laboratory testing for therapeutic reasons, please contact your ordering healthcare provider to ensure that your need can be met. Some of our provider practices have the ability to draw blood and send it for testing.
Recognizing the pandemic of COVID-19, we are taking every measure possible to best ensure the health and well-being of our patients, providers, nurses and staff. We are dedicated to serving our communities and appreciate your ongoing trust, patience and understanding.
MARCH 20, 2020
- In order to promote and best ensure a high-quality, healing environment, Androscoggin Valley Hosptial, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, and Weeks Medical Center are closed to visitors.
- Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) and Laboratory tests which are not medically necessary have been suspended.
MARCH 19, 2020
Dear North Country Residents and Visitors,
Despite the fact that COVID-19 was unexpected, the proud partners of North Country Healthcare (Androscoggin Valley Hospital, North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, and Weeks Medical Center) remain committed to our collective Mission of assuring consistent, high quality, accessible, and integrated healthcare to the communities we serve. However, as we adjust to these unprecedented times, that care may just look a little different.
As we continue to demonstrate and promote CDC guidelines of social distancing (remaining six feet from one another), washing hands often, covering coughs and sneezing into your elbow, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily, and staying home if you are sick, we recognize that our ongoing efforts to best ensure public health require us to take additional steps.
In recent days, our NCH facilities have:
Restricted visitors to just one individual aged 18-59, per patient;
Limited access of our Cafeteria to just providers and staff;
Begun verbal and temperature screenings at entrances;
Suspended our volunteer programs to ensure their and our patients’ and staffs’ health;
Initiated telephone screenings with our Home Health patients prior to home visits.
We also realize that it is critical that we not only continue to care for our patients now, but also look ahead to what future needs might be. As such, we have made the difficult decision to postpone elective procedures (those which can safely be postponed) at Androscoggin Valley Hospital, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, and Weeks Medical Center. We are taking this action to ensure that we can continue to have the proper amount of space (beds) and personal protective equipment available should further developments occur. In addition, as referenced earlier, this will significantly help in terms of social distancing for both staff and patients.
Please know that as we move forward during these challenging times, we have every confidence in the expertise of our providers, nurses and staff as we collectively remain focused on keeping our friends, associates, and neighbors healthy. We thank you for the trust that you have placed in us.
Please continue to review the latest CDC guidelines for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19:
North Country Healthcare updates will also be available at this site.
MARCH 18, 2020
- North Country Healthcare facilities implementing series of questions and temperature screening for arriving patients and visitors.
- North Country Healthcare continuing to explore available virtual visits for patients off-site.
MARCH 17, 2020
North Country Healthcare and our affiliates continue to implement precautionary measures to best ensure patient and staff safety relative to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Effective immediately and until further notice, NCH facilities are now restricted to patients, one visitor (aged 18-59) per patient, our healthcare providers, and NCH and NCH-affiliate staff.
Our Cafeterias are closed to members of the public.
In addition, all public meetings and classes at NCH-affiliate locations have been suspended.
MARCH 16, 2020
No visitors under the age of 18 are allowed during this time, since young people are potential infectors without necessarily being ill themselves. No visitors over age 59 to minimize their risk of infection.
Visitors will continue to be screened for flu-like or respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath. Any visitors with obvious signs of illness will be asked kindly to leave.
MARCH 15, 2020
Outpatients will be screened via telephone to ensure a symptom-free environment for those within clinics/hospitals.
MARCH 14, 2020
Rigorous control standards (social distancing, washing hands often with soap and water, avoiding contact with sick people, etc.) reinforced within community.
MARCH 13, 2020
- North Country Healthcare Incident Command Center opens.
- Clinical and support staff fitted for personal protective equipment and purifying air respirators.
“The providers and staff of North Country Healthcare partners continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and are working closely with the New Hampshire Hospital Association,” commented Tom Mee, RN, BSN, MBA, System, Chief Executive Officer, North Country Healthcare.
• Staying home and avoiding public places when sick (i.e. social distancing)
• Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing (into your sleeve and not into your
• Avoiding sharing drinks, smoking/vaping devices, or other utensils or objects that may transmit saliva