MDI Hospital celebrated a “new era in modern health care” during its annual meeting, held Monday, August 11th at the Bar Harbor Club. Hospital President and CEO Art Blank cited the new Colket Inpatient Care Center, the hiring of family physician Dr. Michael Heniser, and the upcoming opening of the Community Health Center as examples of organization’s commitment to keeping pace with the needs of the community.
The evening’s keynote presentation was given by J.R. Krevans, Jr., M.D. who, as Medical Director of the Hospital’s Emergency Department, provides leadership to a team of doctors, physician assistants, and nurses. Dr. Krevans discussed insights and memories gained during twenty-one years providing health care in remote Alaska.
The Colket Inpatient Care Center, named for donors Ruth and Tristam Colket, ensures “privacy, safety, and comfort,” remarked Mr. Blank. The new facility opened in January and houses 21 patient rooms and 25 beds, including 17 private rooms and four short-term skilled rehabilitation rooms with two beds each.
Mr. Blank also recognized Dr. Heniser, a family physician and the newest member of the Hospital’s medical staff. “Dr. Heniser has not only allowed us to keep pace with the growing need for primary care, but he offers obstetrical services that help us ensure the health of future generations of MDI residents,” said Mr. Blank.
The new Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor, scheduled to open in September, was also part of the “remarkable year” for the Hospital, reported Mr. Blank. “The new Community Health Center will ensure convenient access to primary care, evidence-based alternative medicine, behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy, care management, and an adult day program for people with memory loss.
The Hospital organization was faced with a multitude of fiscal challenges during FY08, reported Wendy Fielding, the Hospital’s Treasurer and Vice President of Finance. These included a $4 million debt the State owes MDI Hospital for care of Medicaid patients, a $9 million dollar insurance reimbursement shortfall, and $2.2 million in uncompensated care given to patients who were unable to pay any or all of their bill.
“However, thanks in large part to generous community support, we were able to realize a net gain of $84,000,” remarked Ms. Fielding. “Our fiscal challenges, like the nation’s economic cycles, are temporary,” she added. “It is through careful and responsible planning that we continue to meet our commitment to our patients and to our community.”
The evening culminated with the presentation of the Employee of the Year Award to Cara Pinkham, RN, a nurse who has worked in the Hospital’s medical/surgical and telemetry units for over three years. Ms. Pinkham was credited for problem solving abilities, professionalism, and a positive attitude.