With a recent gift of $100,000, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has helped Mount Desert Island Hospital take a big step closer to its capital campaign goal of $3.5 million.
As a result of its gift, the Hospital’s new oncology department, which will be moved and upgraded with capital campaign funds, will be named for the Bank.
The Hospital will receive the donation over a five-year period, beginning with an initial gift of $20,000. “We’re honored by this generous show of support from our friends at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust,” said Hospital President and CEO Art Blank.
The Hospital’s capital campaign will support the modernization and relocation of all patient rooms onto the second floor. Currently, patient rooms are spread over two floors with the medical/surgical unit on the first floor. This is the last step for the Hospital in its plan to modernize all of its clinical areas.
The oncology department, which is located on the first floor next to the Hospital’s Breast Center, will be moved to the suite of offices on the same floor currently occupied by Hospital administration.
“Our Board is impressed by the patient care and service efficiency concepts that the Hospital has built into this plan,” said Joseph Murphy, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “As neighbors of the Hospital’s, we are grateful to have this wonderful facility in our midst, and we appreciate everything the Hospital does to keep our communities healthy,” added Mr. Murphy.
The plan for inpatient units not only calls for relocation, but enlargement of patient rooms. Hospital officials report that the new inpatient rooms will all be private and will include enough space for the advanced technology required for patient care and monitoring.
The campaign will also support the purchase of technology and the establishment of a nursing education endowment. The first phase of the plan was kicked off recently as construction on a new obstetrics unit began. The unit will include more space for patients and staff, and an improved security system.
“Like Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has been a valued member of the MDI community for over a century,” said Mr. Blank. “So it is a distinct privilege to partner with them on behalf of the health of our friends and neighbors.”