I am proud to say that when we asked a group of community members to tell us what MDI Hospital meant to them, they said things like attentive, compassionate, professional, neighborly, trusted, and home-like, to name just a few. We are the first to admit that a small hospital like ours cannot possibly offer every kind of medical care. At MDI Hospital, our Health Centers and Birch Bay Village, we believe in doing the right things, the right way to ensure our community has access to the care we all need close to home.
We continue to look for innovative ways to provide quality care. Several of our health centers are now certified Patient Centered Medical Homes. The Patient Centered Medical Home is not a building, but a structure that achieves its strength through the people who comprise the team. In many ways, the medical home model of care is more of a reinforcement of the values that this organization is built upon: to serve our community on personal and meaningful levels, as our patients and residents have described on many occasions.
In the past year, MDI Hospital collected five national awards for the quality of our care and the satisfaction of our patients, including being ranked among the top 20 rural hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association. We are proud to be the first hospital in the nation to receive the Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Excellence recognition from the American College of Radiology as well as recognition as a Breast Center of Excellence. These achievements demonstrate our commitment to the most rigorous standards in all phases of medical imaging.
The continued financial support of the community also marked new milestones. In all, more than $2 million was pledged to our organization to fund the upcoming construction of our new Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center and through our Annual Fund.
We are pleased to introduce three new physicians who joined our team and community: general surgeon Kendra Blount, DO, pediatrician/internist Michelle Kinbrook, MD, and family physician Tanya Hanke, DO. Our recent success in implementing the medical home model of care earned us an early invitation to participate in the Beacon Health Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO), which will enable our organization to remain at the forefront of health care delivery in a rapidly changing landscape. Awards, grants, donations, and public praise tell only a fraction of our story. We are most proud to serve our community in ways that often go unnoticed every day, providing routine, emergency and continuing care to the Mount Desert Island family.