American Hospital Association Recognizes Androscoggin Valley Hospital’s Michael Peterson with the 2021 Grassroots Champion Award

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2022) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced that it has honored Michael Peterson, President of Androscoggin Valley Hospital, a member of North Country Health Care, with the 2021 Grassroots Champion Award in recognition of his leadership and dedication to the hospital mission.


Each year, the AHA recognizes the achievements of grassroots leaders across the country in conjunction with State Hospital Association partners to honor a hospital or health system leader from each state for their work to effectively deliver the hospital message to elected officials; broaden the base of community support for hospitals; and tirelessly advocate on behalf of patients, hospitals and communities.


“This special recognition acknowledges the hard work our grassroots champions across the country have demonstrated as advocates for advancing the health of their patients and communities,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Michael’s leadership on behalf of the hospital field throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been crucial during these very challenging times for our front line caregivers, especially those in rural communities.”


“Michael has exemplified the true meaning of grassroots leadership throughout the pandemic, from organizing the Androscoggin Valley COVID-19 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serving as the cornerstone of his community,” said NHHA president Steve Ahnen. “His commitment to his patients, staff and community is nothing short of admirable, and we couldn’t be more proud to recognize him with this award.”

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the website at

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