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March 16, 2018

Mount Desert Island Hospital is set to host our annual Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the second floor of the Bar Harbor town office. This free event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity to learn about many resources that can help contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Wellness professionals from the MDI Hospital Organization will be on hand to provide health screenings including cholesterol checks, blood glucose, blood pressure, bone density, body mass index diagnostics, and much more. “These screenings are important because they help give you the knowledge and the tools that you need to stay healthy,” said Kathy Mulligan, Community Health Educator for MDI Hospital.

The health fair will also feature acupuncture, table massage and more.

For more information about the upcoming , contact Kathy Mulligan at 801.5034.

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March 12, 2018

As gender equality in the workplace has increasingly become a topic of local and national conversation, the MDI Hospital Organization feels it is our duty to our 539 dedicated employees to share our record on gender diversity, equality, collaboration and inclusion.

Our organization is more than a nonprofit health care provider; we are a family, a team and a cornerstone of the MDI community. We live by our values of compassion, community, improvement, integrity, respect and teamwork. Providing a safe, inclusive and equitable workplace for all of our employees has always been our practice, and we’re proud of our record on gender diversity, equality and inclusion. The greatest assets we offer our community are the dedicated employees of this organization; we understand that our diversity is our strength.

Today, the hospital organization, which includes Birch Bay Retirement Village and our health centers in Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Trenton, employs 539 people, of whom more than half are women. Women hold 63 percent of our managerial staff positions and women are equally represented on our senior management team and amongst our medical practitioners.

We believe that gender diversity in our leadership enhances our organization by fostering an environment of inclusion and collaboration, ultimately ensuring the representation of a broad spectrum of perspectives that are encouraged and shared. It has always been our priority to provide a safe, inclusive workplace where all of our employees, patients, and community members are valued and respected.

Since I joined the organization in 2011, I have been continually impressed by our organization’s exceptional employees, its culture of respect and inclusion, and its dedication to our patients and the community that we serve. It is an honor and a privilege to work alongside these outstanding team members each and every day to strengthen the health of this community, and I am grateful for the opportunity to set an example of what we can accomplish when we work together from a position of mutual respect and cooperation.

Christina Maguire-Harding, Vice President of Finance/CFO, MDI Hospital
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March 12, 2018

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: All MDI Hospital Health Centers will be closing at 11:00 am Tuesday, March 13 due to the winter storm warning in effect until Wednesday, March 14. The health centers will reopen at 11:00 Wednesday, March 14.

MDI Hospital Health Centers to close early Tuesday and open late Wednesday include Breast Health Center; Cadillac Family Practice; Community Dental Center; Community Health Center; Cooper Gilmore Health Center; Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center; MDI Behavioral Health Center; MDI Orthopedics; Northeast Harbor Clinic; Trenton Health Center.

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March 7, 2018

SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: All MDI Hospital Health Centers will be closed Thursday, March 8 due to the winter storm warning in effect from the evening of Wednesday, March 7 to Thursday, March 8.

MDI Hospital Health Centers to close include Breast Health Center; Cadillac Family Practice; Community Dental Center; Community Health Center; Cooper Gilmore Health Center; Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center; MDI Behavioral Health Center; MDI Orthopedics; Northeast Harbor Clinic; Trenton Health Center.

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February 10, 2018

Mount Desert Island Hospital is pleased to announce that the Trenton Health Center has been recognized as a 2017 Let’s Go! Healthcare Site of Distinction. The Trenton Health Center achieved this distinction for their commitment to excellence in childhood obesity prevention through the nationally recognized Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program. The program promotes evidence-based strategies to boost healthy eating and physical activity for children through the 5-2-1-0 daily formula: five servings of fruits and vegetables; two hours or less of recreational screen time; one hour or more of physical activity; and zero sugary drinks.

In the healthcare setting, the Let’s Go! program focuses on educating primary care practice teams on childhood obesity by providing materials and training on how to work with patients and their families to promote healthy eating and physical activity. In collaboration with the Let’s Go! program, the providers and office staff at the Trenton Health Center have demonstrated that they are prioritizing obesity prevention.

Let’s Go! recognizes healthcare sites of distinction for three key areas of participation: appropriately displaying 5-2-1-0 messaging, accurately monitoring Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight classification for all patients ages two years and older, and regularly engaging with patients in respectful conversations about healthy behaviors using the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Habits Questionnaire at well-child visits.

For more information about Let’s Go! in Hancock County, contact Healthy Acadia at 667-7171. To contact the Trenton Health Center, please call 667-5899.

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February 9, 2018

MDI Hospital Health Coaches Ben Billings and Laura Driscoll and Healthy Acadia are thrilled to offer a “Taking Action on Pain” series, which will begin on February 21, 2018. This is a free, interactive program that is open to anyone who suffers from chronic pain.

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February 2, 2018

February 2 is Go Red for Women® Day! MDI Hospital team members wore red on Friday, February 2 to help raise awareness about the number 1 killer of women: heart disease. Nearly half a million women in the US have heart attacks annually. Heart attack symptoms can be subtle and confusing. Some people will experience ongoing or extreme fatigue, shortness of breath with usual daily activities, upper back/shoulder or abdominal discomfort. Often women feel that they have the flu, back strain or acid reflux, and do not seek medical attention. Heart disease is treatable. Don’t delay getting help. Even if you think your symptoms are not that bad and think they will pass, they were enough to get your attention. Don’t dismiss how you feel or worry about feeling foolish or wrong. When it comes to heart disease, speaking up can save your life!

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January 17, 2018

MDI Hospital will be offering Diabetes Self-Management Training 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 Training Classes will be offered at 3 Locations:
Community Health Center
9 Village Green Way
Southwest Harbor
January 23–March 6
May 15–June 26
Tuesdays • 4:00 pm

Cadillac Mountain
Medical Building
322 Main Street, Bar Harbor
February 23–April 6
October 26–December 14
Fridays • 12:00 pm

Trenton Health Center
394 Bar Harbor Road
March 7–April 18
September 19–October 31
Wednesdays • 5:00 pm

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January 11, 2018

Are you thinking about quitting smoking for the New Year?

MDI Hospital Community Health Educator Kathy Mulligan can help you make a plan to quit smoking that you can stick to for 2018!


“Having a plan in place gives you the tools you need when you come up against cravings, emotions, and roadblocks.” – Kathy Mulligan


Contact Kathy Mulligan at (207) 801-5034 or to make your quit plan today! This service is free of charge and open to the public.

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December 14, 2017

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 January 23 and will meet on Tuesdays 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 •
Ben Billings: 207.460.2049 •

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November 29, 2017

Mount Desert Island Hospital is pleased to announce that Jim Bright has been named Chairman of the MDI Hospital Board of Trustees.

A retired lobsterman, Bright was drawn to board service at MDI Hospital after he received outstanding care following a bad bicycling accident. His wife Harriet had previously served on the hospital board, and he felt it was a good way to give back. “When you need them in an emergency, it’s nice to know you have A-1 service, and I can’t put that in big enough capital letters,” he says. “As you grow older and require more medical attention, it gives you a very safe feeling to know that we have a good hospital and good health centers.”

Since joining the MDI Hospital board in 2011, Bright has enjoyed the challenge of staying up-to-date on the ever-changing healthcare landscape. “We are blessed with a very good administrative team that helps guide the board and provides education for us.”

Originally from Philadelphia, Bright made the move to MDI in the early 70s. He started lobstering in 1976 and retired in 2013. These days, he enjoys bicycling, bird-carving and community service. In addition to his board service at MDI Hospital, he also serves on several boards for the Town of Mount Desert including the Appeals Board and the Marine Management Board.

Like a lot of things, Bright doesn’t think that people think about the hospital until they need it—but when they do, they want it to be the best possible. “MDI Hospital does an excellent job at taking care of the community—it may sound cliché, but it really does.”

Looking to the future, his goal is to get the board more involved in community outreach and building a viable philanthropy program, which is becoming increasingly more essential to the hospital’s survival, he says. “People may not realize that their gifts, no matter how small or large, are extremely important to the hospital.”

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November 20, 2017

Mount Desert Island Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Katherine Gassman to our Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center and Cadillac Family Practice. Dr. Gassman is a board-certified family medicine physician specializing in both family medicine and obstetrics. She is now accepting new patients at both locations.

“As a family practitioner, I have the privilege of partnering with patients of multiple ages and generations to work towards optimal health,” says Dr. Gassman.  “I find one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is caring for families as a whole. I especially enjoy caring for women throughout their pregnancy, delivering the baby, and watching over the child’s growth and development as their physician.”

Dr. Gassman attended medical school in Maine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Baylor Scott and White in Texas and completed a Rural Family Medicine and Surgical Obstetrics fellowship at Tacoma Family Medicine in Washington state. Her medical interests and expertise include normal pregnancy and surgical obstetrics, newborn care, pediatric and adolescent medicine, women’s health, contraception management, preventative medicine, sports medicine and minor procedures. She also has an interest in medical education and working with medical students and residents.

Dr. Gassman first came to MDI right after college as an intern and is excited to return to practice at MDI Hospital and Health Centers. “I love the small town feel and the camaraderie of the year-round residents, as well as meeting new people in the summer…having a national park in your backyard is pretty nice too,” she says. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, mountain and road biking, cross country and downhill skiing, going on adventures with her little Border Collie Myka, reading, and cooking.

To inquire about becoming a new patient, contact Cadillac Family Practice at 207-288-5119 or the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center at 207-288-8100.

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