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Barbara Hannon, RN, MSN, M.Ed., Vice President of Clinical Services at Mount Desert Island Hospital, has accepted a prestigious appointment to the Membership Services Committee of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is the national organization of nurses who design, facilitate, and manage care. A subsidiary of the American Hospital Association with more than 6,000 members, AONE is the voice of nursing leadership in health care.

“I’m honored to receive this appointment,” said Ms. Hannon. “It is exciting to participate in an organization that is shaping the future of healthcare.” Ms. Hannon will serve on the Committee from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009.

The Membership Services Committee is responsible for identifying key strategies that will enhance the value of AONE membership. The committee provides input to staff and Board of Directors for new products and services, as well as initiatives to increase membership. Committee members participate in several conference calls during the year.

The Membership Committee has been given the challenge of providing direction on initiatives that will increase membership to 10,000 by the end of 2010. “We will be working hard to increase the membership rolls,” said Ms. Hannon. “The more members we have, the more the AONE can provides to the profession,” she added.

Ms. Hannon received her nursing degree in 1969 and has worked in a variety of nursing leadership positions. She received her Master of Education degree in 1984 and her Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2008. Currently, Ms Hannon oversees all clinical services for Mount Desert Island Hospital and its eight health centers.

Since 1967, the AONE has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care. AONE's 48 affiliated state and metropolitan chapters and its alliances with state hospital associations give the organization's initiatives a regional and local presence. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association

A new surgical device at MDI Hospital for removing cataracts promises even better outcomes for patients and more efficiency for ophthalmologist Timber Gorman, MD when performing the delicate procedure. This state of the art technology is not available at any other facility in eastern Maine.
 
The OZil® Torsional Handpiece, manufactured by Alcon Laboratories, Inc., is the first of its kind to use an oscillating motion to pulverize the clouded lenses of cataract patients. The side-to-side motion at the tip of the device prevents friction at the incision and ensures more efficient removal of the lens material.
 
The procedure, which is done on an outpatient basis in the Hospital’s surgical suite, begins with dilation of the pupil and administration of a topical anesthetic to the surface of the eye. An incision of 2.5 to 3 millimeters in length is then created to provide access to the front part of the lens envelope, known as the lens capsule.
 
The lens capsule is carefully opened so that the clouded lens material can be removed with the OZil®, a needle-like device which pulverizes the hardened and yellowed lens proteins that cause cataracts. The pulverized material is simultaneously vacuumed from the eye.
 
Prior to the acquisition of the OZil® Dr. Gorman used a device that employed a forward and backward motion to break up the cataract lens.  The OZil® Torsional Handpiece is the first in which the tip moves back and forth but the sleeve which extends through the incision remains stationary.
 
The OZil® handpiece allows Dr. Gorman to switch between side-to-side and the more traditional forward and backward approach that is sometimes necessary for hard cataracts, allowing for greater customization.

Another benefit of the side-to-side motion, explained Dr. Gorman, is that pieces of the cataract lenses that have to be removed are not pushed away from the device, which was the case with the previous device, thus making it easier for Dr. Gorman to remove the lens particles.
 
“The OZil® enhances my control during surgery,” said Dr. Gorman. “Greater surgical control means  even better outcomes and safety than with traditional cataract removal technologies,” she added. “This device is a major improvement for my patients. The care of my patients is of the utmost importance to me as a surgeon. The care they receive at MDI Hospital is excellent as well as personalized. I am thrilled to be able to offer my patients this new technology.”
 
Various replacement lenses are available to Dr. Gorman’s patients, depending on their specific needs. In 2007, Dr. Gorman began offering the Acrysof Toric IOL, a lens for cataract patients with corneal astigmatism that, for some patients, provides freedom from glasses for distance vision.
 
Dr. Gorman is a Board certified ophthalmologist as well as a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, New England Ophthalmological Society, Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and the Maine Medical Association. She can be reached at Downeast Eye, MD in Trenton, 667-9690.

Cutting the ribbon during MDI Hospital’s November 5th grand opening celebration for the new Community Health Center are (left to right) Hospital board Chair Terry Musson, Birch Bay Retirement Village Executive Director Kristin Ottman, Hospital board member Dean Read, nurse Judy Goodwin, Dr. Michael Heniser, DO, Hospital board member Bob Stanwood, Physician Assistant Annie Dundon, Birch Bay Retirement Village board member Dr. William Bromley, MD, Physician Assistant Linda Maxwell, Dr. Julian Kuffler, MD, MPH, and Hospital President and CEO Art Blank. The new facility will provide primary care, behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy, care management, alternative medicine, and an adult day facility for people with memory loss.

Dean Read (left) of the MDI Rotary and Karen McFarland (right) of the MDI YWCA present John Benson, MD, FACR, Medical Director of MDI Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department with checks totaling $1000. The money, raised from the sale of tulip bulbs by the YWCA and matching funds from the Rotary, is to support The Breast Center at MDI Hospital. The donation was presented during an October 27th open house to celebrate the Breast Center’s recent acquisition of its new  Selenia™direct digital, full-field mammography unit. The unit produces higher quality images while exposing women to 35 percent less radiation than other mammography devices.

Barbara Hannon, RN, MSN, M.Ed. has been hired as MDI Hospital’s new Vice President of Clinical Services. In her new role, Ms. Hannon oversees all clinical services for the Hospital and its eight health centers.

After receiving her nursing degree from Boston College in 1969, Ms. Hannon served as Head Nurse of the Critical Care Unit at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and as a nurse educator for Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In 1984, Ms. Hannon received her Master of Education degree from the University of Maine.

From 1985 to 1996, she was the sole proprietor of Eastern Health Placement in Bangor, Maine, a physician and nurse recruitment firm with hospital contracts in seventeen states.

Between 1996 and 1999 Ms. Hannon served as Supervisor and Nurse Manager of Medical, Surgical, and Oncology departments at Metro West Medical Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

From 1999 to 2007, she worked as Director of Utilization Management, Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Interim Nurse Administrator at hospitals in Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Having received her Master of Science Degree in Nursing from St. Joseph College of Maine in 2008, Ms. Hannon joined MDI Hospital as the new Vice President of Clinical Services.

“It is such a pleasure to be back in Maine and serving in a critical access hospital,” said Ms. Hannon. “For those of us who are committed to rural healthcare, it is the perfect opportunity to combine individualized care with a wonderful lifestyle.”

The Breast Center at MDI Hospital hosted an open house on Monday, October 27th to give the public a close look at its new digital mammography unit. The Mexican fiesta themed event, sponsored by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, will take place at the Breast Center’s 2nd floor location at Mount Desert Island Hospital.
 
“October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said John Benson, M.D, FACR., Medical Director of Medical Imaging at MDI Hospital, “and this event will provide a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our newest weapon in the war on breast cancer, the Selenia™ direct digital, full-field mammography unit.”
 
“This device is the latest generation in digital mammography, and we’re pleased to make this life-saving technology available to women of this community, ” said Dr. Benson.
 
Dr. Benson explained that digital mammography not only offers the benefit of speed by eliminating the need to process film, it also provides improved image quality. “Using a patented microprocessor, the unit is also able to generate a higher-quality mammographic image, so we’re able to see smaller details with much greater accuracy,” added Dr. Benson.
 
Another important patient benefit, Dr. Benson explained, is that the Selenia™ exposes women to less radiation than other mammography units in Maine, digital or otherwise. “By using a newly approved X-ray tube our unit enables a nearly 35 percent reduction in radiation exposure,” Dr. Benson said.
 
The Breast Center at MDI Hospital is unique in the area due to the introduction of  stereotactic breast biopsy.   This consists of an optional component to the digital mammography unit that allows Dr. Benson to perform image-guided needle biopsies. This is a minimally invasive procedure to remove of a sample of abnormal cells or tissue from the suspicious area in the breast for examination by a pathologist

This feature provides a convenient option to traditional surgical breast biopsy.  According to Dr. Benson, “I believe it is important to offer this minimally invasive option to women in our area. The combination of lowest dose digital mammography with stereotactic biopsy underscores the Breast Center’s mission to provide comprehensive breast care services. “ He adds,  “With the addition of this new digital mammography unit, we now offer a safer, more comfortable,  reliable way to detect breast cancer at an early, treatable stage,”

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  Statistics demonstrate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 97%. Recent data indicate a dramatic decrease in breast cancer mortality, largely due to widespread access to screening mammography and improved treatment options. Annual screening by mammography beginning at age 40 is now considered a standard of care.

The breast center may be contacted  at 288-8435 for additional information or to schedule a mammogram.

Joanne Harris, former Director of Internal Laboratory Relations at The Jackson Laboratory has joined Mount Desert Island Hospital as its new Director of Human Resources. Ms. Harris brings to her new position nearly 30 years experience in personnel management and human resources.
 
Ms. Harris received a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Florida State University in 1972. Between 1977 and 1979, she served as Employment Manager at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
 
In 1979, she joined The Jackson Laboratory as a Personnel Specialist. The following year Ms. Harris was promoted to Personnel Manager, a position she held until 1990. In addition to her regular duties, Ms. Harris served as the Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
 
Between 1990 and 2004, Ms. Harris served as Director of Human Resources.  In this position, she was responsible for oversight and planning of all aspects of human resources, including recruitment and retention, wage and salary, benefits and pension administration and employee relations.
 
In 1999, Ms. Harris helped The Jackson Laboratory establish a presence in Sacramento, California, advising managers at all levels on personnel issues.
 
In 2004, Ms. Harris was again promoted to Director of the newly created Office of Internal Laboratory Relations. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, she provided advice and recommendations to the Senior Management Team on matters of policy, corporate culture, actions and strategies designed to enhance workplace atmosphere.
 
During her 28 years at The Jackson Laboratory, Ms. Harris was credited with helping to advance and grow staff from 380 members, when she joined, to its current population of 1,350.
 
Earlier this year, prior to joining MDI Hospital, Ms. Harris received The 2008 Jackson Laboratory’s Community Award. The award was presented in recognition of her commitment to a positive, productive work environment.
 
“I am really energized by coming to MDI Hospital.  Our island community is so fortunate to have this facility staffed by wonderful and caring employees.  I hope to enrich the environment here so that the employees are as well cared for as our patients.” 

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