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September 6, 2018

The MDI Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a bake sale on Wednesday, September 19 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm outside of the First National Bank in Bar Harbor. Tasty treats will include baked goods, homemade pies, desserts, breads, quiches, pasta salads, sandwiches, and fruit!

Your support will help the Auxiliary with their goal to fund equipment items for the Hospital this year valued at $11,930.69! For more information, contact Shirley Conklin at 801.9138.

If you are unable to attend the sale, baked goods and monetary donations are always welcome and appreciated! The Auxiliary truly appreciates the support of this generous community!

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September 6, 2018

Mount Desert Island Hospital is offering three free community health insurance education sessions this September at libraries across MDI. The sessions, titled “Health Insurance Basics,” will help participants understand acronyms, the difference between silver, gold, and bronze plans, what to look for when picking a health care plan, what in-network and out-of-network mean and out of pocket maximum.

The Jesup Memorial Library is hosting a session on Saturday, September 15 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Southwest Harbor Library is hosting a session on Wednesday, September 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and the Northeast Harbor Library is hosting a session on Wednesday, September 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The sessions will be led by Community Health Educator Kathy Mulligan. Healthcare Navigator Kevin Hunt will also be in attendance at the September 19 and 26 sessions to answer questions.

For more information about these sessions, please contact Kathy Mulligan at 207.801.5034 or

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August 24, 2018

Mount Desert Island Hospital’s partnership with the Downeast Substance Treatment Network, its integrated care philosophy and its new Palliative Care Program were just some of the accomplishments highlighted at the organization’s 2018 Annual Meeting on Monday. The meeting began with a dedication to Leroy Harding, a beloved longtime MDI Hospital employee who passed away in April.

The meeting also featured speaker Dana-Farber President and CEO Emeritus Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr. whose keynote, “Cancer Research and Care in the 21st Century: Progress, Promise and Perils” drew from into his extensive background in medical research and hematology. “It is unlikely that there will be a single cure for all cancers with a ‘magic bullet’ like the polio vaccine,” said Dr. Benz. “Based on what we know so far, this notion makes no more sense than expecting the same engine to power a bicycle, a car, and an airliner just because we call them all vehicles. Effective treatments for cancer have been, and are likely to continue to be developed for one or a few types at a time.”

During the meeting, MDI Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank addressed the growing opioid crisis and the organization’s partnership with Healthy Acadia and the Downeast Substance Treatment Network. “MDI Hospital is proud to be a founding member of the Downeast Substance Treatment Network, a collective of community partners, working to expand patient-centered addiction care and support successful long-term recovery,” he said. In April, the Network, partnering with Aroostook Mental Health Center, opened the Downeast Treatment Center in Ellsworth, with the goal of providing high-quality medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. During his opening remarks, Blank congratulated the Executive Director of Healthy Acadia and MDI Hospital Board Member Elsie Flemings for her leadership of the project.

Blank also spoke about the organization’s new Palliative Care Program—designed to improve quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families by integrating the physical, social and spiritual elements of care—and credited the hospital organization’s 500 plus employees with the success of the organization’s integrated care philosophy. “We are so very grateful to the employees of MDI Hospital for advancing the delivery of healthcare by making integrated care a reality.”

As part of MDI Hospital’s efforts to provide the community with integrated care, the organization recently opened the Weekend Care Clinic, offering extended hours for acute care services on holidays and weekends, he said, and has developed a Health Coaching Program that provides one-on-one consultation and support to all primary care patients of MDI Hospital and Health Centers. Blank also asked for a round of applause for the organization’s nurses, many of whom were featured in MDI Hospital’s 2018 Annual Report. “Our nurses are leaders, educators and innovators, delivering the highest standard of personalized, compassionate care through evidence-based practices,” he said.

The organization also elected its 2018 slate of Incorporators, whose role is to elect candidates to the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Incorporators named at Monday’s meeting were Michael Boland, Sam Coplon, Ellen Dohmen, William Dohmen, Gary Friedmann, Glenon Friedmann, Richard Fox, Ph.D., Barbara Fox, Karol Hagberg, Victor Hand, Stanley Harmon, Joanne Harris, Judy Holmes, Sally Anne Kellogg, Leung Lee, M.D., Edward B. Lipkin, Kathryn Lucchesi, Ph.D., RPh, Durlin Lunt, Kathy MacLeod, Isabel Mancinelli, Karen McFarland, Joe Minutolo, Jeannine Ross, Chris Saunders, Martha Searchfield, Deirdre Swords, Christine Witham, Carol Woolman and Warren Worcester. The following board members were re-elected for 3-year terms: Edward Gilmore, M.D., Patricia Hand, Ph.D., Julian Kuffler, M.D., MPH, Martha Wagner, Ph.D., and Noelle Wolf.

Monday’s meeting concluded with the announcement of the MDI Hospital Employee of the Year. This year’s recipient is Nutrition Services Aide James Thompson, who was selected by his fellow employees for his dedication and commitment to the organization.

The hospital organization finished its 2017-2018 fiscal year in the black with a net operating gain of $2.2 million. In addition, the organization provided more than 500 jobs and $4 million in free and uncompensated care to the community during that time period.

Click here to view MDI Hospital’s 2018 Annual Report.

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August 17, 2018

Join MDI Hospital’s wellness team for walks throughout beautiful Acadia National Park!

Mondays & Wednesdays

Our walking program is designed for pleasure or fitness.  We encourage you to pace yourself.

MDI Hospital’s Wellness Program is not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries or accidents.  Our goal is to offer a safe and enjoyable activity for everyone.  All walkers who are not currently exercising should consult with their health care provider before starting any exercise program.

Things to consider:
Please wear appropriate shoes
Dress in layers
You may want to bring; water, snacks, insect repellent, camera

For More Information Contact:
MDI Hospital’s Wellness Program
Kathleen Mulligan
Community Health Educator
(207) 801-5034

Upcoming Schedule:

Summer Walks begin at 8:00 am:

Monday, August 20, 2018:
Eagle Lake to Paradise Hill; Meet in the Eagle Lake parking lot on the Eagle Lake Road. 5.0 Miles

Wednesday, August 22, 2018:
Little Long Pond; Meet in the GREENROCK Parking Area, about ¼ mile from the gate house on the right. 5.0 Miles

Monday, August 27, 2018:
Day Mountain Loop; Meet at the Wildwood Stables Parking Area. 5.5 Miles

Wednesday, August 29, 2018:
Aunt Betty’s Pond; Meet at the Eagle Lake Parking Area on Route 233. 6.0 Miles

Fall Walks begin at 8:30 am:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018:
Witch Hole; Meet at the Duck Brook Bridge at the end of the Duck Brook Road.  3.2 Miles

Monday, September 10, 2018:
Paradise Hill Loop; Meet in the visitor’s center parking area in Hulls Cove.  2.3 Miles

Wednesday, September 12, 2018:
Redfield Hill; Meet in the parking lot north of the Jordan Pond House.  3.2 Miles

Monday, September 17, 2018:
Wildwood Stables; Meet at the Wildwood Stables Parking Area; We’ll walk the first loop before the Day Mountain Loop.  3.2 Miles

Wednesday, September 19, 2018:
The Wooded Loop; Meet in the parking lot north of the Jordan Pond House.  3.5 Miles

Monday, September 24, 2018:
Schooner head to Thunder Hole; Meet in the Schooner Head Overlook Parking Area.  3.2 Miles

Wednesday, September 26, 2018:
Hadlock Brook Loop; Meet at the Brown Mountain Gate house just before Northeast Harbor.  3.9 Miles

Monday, October 1, 2018:
Jordan Stream Meet in the parking lot north of the Jordan Pond House.  4.0 Miles

Wednesday, October 3, 2018:
Jordan Pond to Deer Brook Bridge; Meet at the lower parking lot north of the Jordan Pond House.  3.0 Miles

Monday, October 8, 2018:
Little Long Pond; Meet at the gate in Seal Harbor.  4.0 Miles

Wednesday, October 10, 2018:
Eagle Lake to Bubble Pond; Meet at the Eagle Lake Parking lot on Route 233.  4.2 Miles

Monday, October 15, 2018:
Witch Hole & Paradise Hill; Meet at the Bridge at the end of the Duck Brook Road.  4.2 Miles

Wednesday, October 17, 2018:
Eagle Lake to Paradise Hill; Meet at the Eagle Lake Parking Lot on route 233.  5.0 Miles

Monday, October 22, 2018:
Day Mountain Loop Meet at the Wildwood Stables Parking Area.  5.5 Miles

Wednesday, October 24, 2018:
Aunt Betty’s Pond; Meet at the Eagle Lake Parking Area on Route 233.  6.0 Miles

Monday, October 29, 2018:
Little Long Pond; Meet in the GREENROCK Parking Area about ¼ mile from the gate house on the right.  5.0 miles

Wednesday, October 31, 2018:
Eagle Lake; Meet in the Eagle Lake Parking Area on Route 233.  6.0 Miles  GRAND FINALE

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August 6, 2018

Mount Desert Island Hospital offers a comprehensive Diabetes Prevention Program several times a year. The program is free and requires a 12-month commitment. The classes meet weekly for 16 weeks and then monthly for the remainder of the year.

The community based Diabetes Prevention Program helps participants make small successive changes in diet, physical activity and stress management. By following the program, participants can lose 7-10 percent of their body weight and lower their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

The new session begins on August 29 and will meet on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm. This program will take place at the Cadillac Family Practice Building, 2nd floor conference room at 322 Main Street in Bar Harbor.

For more information, or to sign up, contact:
Kathy Mulligan: 207.801-5034 •

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July 30, 2018

Dana-Farber President and CEO Emeritus Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Annual Meeting on Monday, August 6 at 5 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Club on 11 West Street in Bar Harbor. His keynote, “Cancer Research and Care in the 21st Century: Progress, Promise and Perils” will highlight current trends in cancer care and draw from his extensive background in clinical research and hematology.

Dr. Benz graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1973 and received his training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. In addition to serving as president and CEO emeritus of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Benz is also director emeritus and principal investigator of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, a member of the Governing Board of Dana-Farber/Children’s Cancer Center, a Richard and Susan Smith distinguished professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, a clinical hematologist and an active NIH-funded investigator.

MDI Hospital’s 2018 Annual Meeting will also feature a summary of the past year’s accomplishments and financial performance. The organization’s new Palliative Care Program and its partnership with the Downeast Substance Treatment Network will be among the topics to be presented.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend MDI Hospital’s Annual Meeting. Social hour with, hors-d’oeuvres, cash bar and live jazz performed by Michael Anderson and the Jazz Yeahs begins at 5 p.m. The annual meeting program, keynote and presentations begin at 6 p.m. Complimentary parking is available in the gated lot between the Bar Harbor Club and the Harborside Hotel on West Street.

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July 27, 2018

Please join us for a retirement reception in honor of Louis Ingrisano, PA-C on Thursday, August 2, 2018, from 4:30–6:30 pm. The reception will take place at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center in Wolf Conference Center on the 2nd Floor at 330 Main Street in Bar Harbor. Lou has served our community for 40 years!

Congratulations, Lou!

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June 18, 2018

Ellen DaCorte, RN has been nominated for the Maine Hospital Association’s Caregiver of the Year award. Ellen has served her community for more than 20 years. Her warm brown eyes light up when she talks about delivering babies, her coworkers and advocating for women in her community. “I’m so in love with my job. I love the patients—I love my coworkers—I love our unit,” says Ellen. “It is such an honor to work together to meet the community need and provide a holistic approach to nursing and skilled clinical support.”

When she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University in 1996, Ellen knew that she wanted to work in women’s health. In 1998, she accepted a position in MDI Hospital Obstetrics Department and has never looked back. “Ellen has an amazing way of keeping an anxious laboring patient calm and focused during deliveries. She has such passion for making our little obstetric unit and newborn nursery such a warm, comfortable place where our patients love to have their babies,” says Dr. Katherine Gassman, Medical Director of the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center and Director of Obstetrics at MDI Hospital.

Ellen is a passionate advocate for women’s health, her patients, and her community. As a member of the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center Advisory Committee, Ellen has been deeply involved in developing education and outreach programs relating to expectant and new mothers, teen intimacy, and improving the lives of women and children in her community. Ellen has also served her community as a member of the Christian Education Committee of her church, where she worked to develop programming for younger families and children, and as a member of the parent-teacher organization at the Mount Desert Elementary School. “Ellen is an amazing nurse,” says Certified Nurse Midwife Tiana Larson. “Her dedication to both the patients and the staff is incredible.  She works hard to make sure that everything gets handled efficiently and her collaborative approach and positive attitude are such assets to MDI Hospital.”

Throughout her career, Ellen has continued to grow her clinical skills and education. She is Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Basic Life Support and S.T.A.B.L.E. Program certified, a Certified Lactation Counselor, a PeriFACTS educational coordinator, and has been an active member of the hospital’s Clinical Excellence Committee for more than a decade. She recently became her department’s Senior Charge Nurse and has found that she has a knack for developing hospital policy as well. “She had done incredible research to make sure we are practicing with the most current, evidence-based standards of care,” says Mary Glass, RN.

In everything that she does, Ellen maintains a commitment to excellence that is highly-valued by her colleagues. “I have been truly honored and amazed to have Ellen Dacorte as a colleague for the past five years. Our OB unit at MDI Hospital has a culture of excellence, and I believe that Ellen is a great figurehead and driving force of this culture,” says Brie Abbe, RN. “Ellen sets a very high bar for those she works with. She does this—as all natural leaders do—by setting an even higher bar for herself. She is invigorated by doing things correctly, improving processes and ensuring the highest level of care for all of her patients.”

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June 12, 2018

MDI Hospital is offering a Safe Sitter® Class on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center. The class will be held in the Wolf Conference Room on the 2nd floor at 330 Main Street in Bar Harbor.

The one-day class is designed to teach students in grades six through eight a variety of safety skills that they can put to use when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. “First aid and rescue skills such as choking rescue and CPR are often students’ favorite part of the class,” says instructor Lisa Marie Parkin, RN, BSN. “Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.”

The class offers students the opportunity to learn what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies, how to prevent unsafe situations, and tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Also included is education on the ages and stages of child development and diapering practice. “This class also teaches business skills, such as the ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers, which will set students up for success now and in the future,” says Parkin. Students practice these skills through various role playing activities.

The class fee is $40. Students should bring a sack lunch. To register, contact Lisa Marie Parkin, RN, BSN, at 207.288.5082 x1444 or Early registration is recommended as classes fill quickly.

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June 12, 2018

MDI Hospital offers Diabetes Self-Management Education Services Classes. Conveniently offered at three different locations: Cadillac Moundain Medical Building in Bar Harbor, Trenton Health Center in Trenton, and the Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor. Reservations are required. For more information or to register, please contact Sharon Hobbs at 288-5082, ext 7802. You may bring a family member or significant other to class with you.


Topics Covered:
Disease Process – Diabetes Management/Monitoring
Medications and Short Term Complications
Nutrition #1 – Nutrition for Diabetes – The Basics
Exercise/Lifestyle Changes/Goal Setting, Emotions and Support
Nutrition #2– Diabetes and the Real World
Long Term Complications, Promoting Good Health, Foot Care
Problem Solving

Diabetes Self-Management Education Services Classes will be offered at 3 Locations:
Community Health Center
9 Village Green Way
Southwest Harbor
May 15–June 26
Tuesdays • 4:00 pm

Cadillac Mountain
Medical Building
322 Main Street, Bar Harbor
October 26–December 14
Fridays • 12:00 pm

Trenton Health Center
394 Bar Harbor Road
September 19–October 31
Wednesdays • 5:00 pm

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May 31, 2018

Care that fits your life.

Mount Desert Island Hospital now offers convenient primary care appointments on weekends and holidays for acute care needs at our Weekend Care Clinic.

Common acute care needs include:

  • Tick Bites
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Earache

Weekend Care Clinic
10 Wayman Lane
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207 801-5077

Walk-In Hours Saturdays 8 am – 12 pm
Call-In Appointments Available Weekends and Holidays

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April 27, 2018

MDI Hospital & the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center invite you to attend

Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center Business After Hours
Thursday, May 17, 2018
330 Main Street, Bar Harbor
5:00–7:00 pm

Join us for refreshments and meet our new primary care and obstetrics providers!

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