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December 14, 2017

Are you thinking about quitting smoking for the New Year?

Join MDI Hospital Community Health Educator Kathy Mulligan for “Making a Quit Plan,” a session designed to 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

Wednesday, December 27
4:30 pm
2nd Floor Conference Room
Cadillac Building
322 Main Street, Bar Harbor

The session is free and open to the public. To register, contact Kathy Mulligan at (207) 801-5034 or

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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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November 17, 2017

Mount Desert Island Hospital is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Patient Perspective, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

“MDI Hospital is pleased to be recognized for excellence in Patient Perspective by the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health,” said President/CEO Arthur J. Blank. “This award reflects the top-quality, patient-centered care that our hardworking team delivers to our community each and every day.”

The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“On this important day, as we celebrate the power of rural, it’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today’s uncertainty and mounting pressures.”

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November 14, 2017

Birch Bay Retirement Village is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Sullivan; MBA, RN-BC as its new Executive Director.

Peter has been with Birch Bay since 2014 serving as Director of Health and Resident Services at the fifty-five-acre retirement community in Hulls Cove. Peter has served as the backup administrator for Birch Bay as well as being the administrator of Birch Bay’s Home Health Service. Peter brings 20 years of healthcare experience to Birch Bay Village. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration and is a board-certified Registered Nurse. Peter has worked in a variety of health settings across the country including; acute care, long-term care, managed care, and healthcare administration.

Peter is excited to continue his work at Birch Bay by serving the retirement community’s residents in his new role.

November 9, 2017

Did you know November is National Diabetes Month? Every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Being diagnosed can be scary, and managing diabetes every day can be difficult. Here at MDI Hospital, we have a diabetes team that is dedicated to helping those living with diabetes and providing support in managing those everyday challenges. Our team consists of three highly trained diabetes education nurses and two dietitians that are available to work with clients at three different locations, the MDI Hospital, Trenton Health Center and Community Health Center.

With the holidays fast approaching, it can be hard to stay healthy with all yummy temptations that are often very high in carbohydrates. Here are a few tips to try to stay healthy and on track during the holidays:

  • Get active! Ask a friends or family to go for a walk at lunchtime or after work, take a hike with your furry friend, join a local gym or health fitness program or try exercise videos online or on DVD (you can borrow a free activity DVD from our diabetes team or at your local library)
  • Plan ahead! When faced with holiday parties or gatherings, survey the food offered and make a plan to balance your plate with protein and veggies or reach out to our dietitians to develop strategies specific to you
  • Go digital! Track your food and blood sugar control using a phone app (ask our diabetes team for a list of phone apps great for diabetes and health)

Get support! Ask your provider for a referral to our MDI Diabetes Education Program to get one-on-one support and group classes on living with diabetes or attend the local diabetes support group (Hancock County Diabetes Support Group is offered on the first Tuesday of Every month)

Here are some other helpful resources and links to help with diabetes control!



Feel free to reach out to anyone in our diabetes team at any time with questions or to set up an appointment, we are here to help! 288-5081 ext. 4143.

Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Pictured above: MDI Hospital’s Diabetes Education Team: Marion McLellan, RD, LD, Amory Gray, RD, LD, Patty Zavaleta, RN, Sherry Rogers RN, Sherri Hall RN, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator)

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October 26, 2017

Are you mortal?  Do you know and love people who are?  Join us for this open conversation designed to get participants thinking and talking about serious illness, end of life issues, and the support that palliative care can offer at those times.

The Southwest Harbor Public Library and Mount Desert Island Hospital Organization are co-hosting an open community conversation about palliative care and serious illness. Palliative Care Conversations will be held at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, November 18 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. This discussion group will offer participants an open and safe space to examine end-of-life issues and to better understand the different palliative care options available in our community. Refreshments will be provided. There is no fee to attend. For more information or with questions, contact 812-8662.

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October 24, 2017

Our annual Veterans Day Lunch will be on Saturday, November 11th at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church at 29 Mount Desert Street. The lunch will take place immediately following the 11:00 am Veterans Day Service. All Veterans and a guest are invited to attend this free Veterans Day Luncheon sponsored by MDI Hospital and the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. For more information, contact Pam Curativo at 288.5082, ext 1422

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October 24, 2017

The MDI Hospital Auxiliary will host their annual Fall Fair & Luncheon on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10:00 am—2:00 pm at the Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor. The fair will include a raffle with over 60 Items & Gift Certificates, Hundreds of White Elephant Items, Jewelry, Handicrafts, Baked Goods, and Christmas & Holiday Items. Also, be sure to enter to win one of two $50 door prizes!

Luncheon Menu:
Fish Chowder
Minestrone Soup
Sandwiches & Wraps
Delicious Desserts
Soda, Coffee & Tea

All proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary’s commitment to provide over $11,000 in equipment items to MDI Hospital!

Accepting donations of jewelry and white elephant items!
For more information or to make a monetary contribution, contact Shirley Conklin at 288-3083
We appreciate the support of our generous community!


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October 24, 2017

The Breast Health Center held its sixth annual Wear Pink Day on October 11 in honor of Breast Health Awareness Month. Hospital employees and community members wore pink attire to show support in the fight against breast cancer. “We wanted a simple way for everyone to participate in Breast Health Awareness Month,” said Janelle Cyr, MDI Hospital’s director of medical imaging. “This way, we can come together to bring greater attention to breast health and prevention issues.”

The Breast Health Center is also holding its popular Breast Health Center Raffle this month, for which all proceeds go to support transportation costs for women on MDI, the outer islands and in Hancock and Washington Counties. Raffle items this year will include gift certificates to local restaurants and pieces from local artisans. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and will be sold at MDI Hospital outside of the cafeteria at lunchtime through November 3. They can also be purchased by contacting the Breast Health Center at 288-5082, ext. 1199.

“We are so grateful to our community for their continued support of this important raffle. Transportation costs can be significant financial hardship, especially during these challenging economic times, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that every woman in our community has access to the care that she needs,” said Kathy Murray, Breast Health Center Nurse Navigator.

The American Cancer society recommends that women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. For women who do not have insurance, support is available through Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program. To schedule your mammogram or to learn more about The Breast Health Center’s services, call the center at 288-8435.


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October 10, 2017

West Street Café has a brand new building and is back and better than ever this season. The landmark eatery on West Street in Bar Harbor long ago outgrew their original building, which, while full of charm, began to show its age. Saturday, July 29 marked their official reopening day, and co-owners Kevin and Jessica DesVeaux couldn’t be more thrilled. “We’re just really excited to have this space and share it with our staff and the public,” said Jessica.

During a three-year planning process, Jessica and Kevin took steps to ensure that their new West Street Café maintained the charm of their old building while adding much-needed space and structural upgrades that took into account the needs of their customers and their staff. “It was a combination of both of our visions,” said Kevin. The response to their new space has been outstanding so far, he said, people have been stopping in to check it out and have had really positive things to say.

The new restaurant is equipped with a brand new dining room with more seating, new bathrooms and a new kitchen with air conditioning. They also added a new server station, and a staff room equipped with a kitchenette and shower. “Now if you want to go out hiking during the daytime when you come back to work you don’t have to run home to shower before your shift,” Kevin explained. A lot of people who work here live off-island. We’ve tried to be really accommodating for the staff in our new design. We work too, and we understand. I think we nailed it.” Jessica couldn’t agree more. “We’re so excited to have it be reinvented in a way where we can give our staff the opportunity to work in this healthy, bright, inviting space,” she said.

Now that they have their new building, Jessica and Kevin plan to continue nurturing their business and contributing to their community. They look forward to expanding their previous 6 month season to 8 months and now plan to stay open April through November.

Kevin and Jessica appreciate that their Business Friends membership allows them to support the MDI community and they appreciate the outreach that MDI Hospital has done to make that happen. “I feel like the hospital has reached out more to the community and educated people more on a number of things. I see a number of programs that seem to be working well. I think I’ve seen more transparency too, which is important to me. I like that they’ve got more involved than ever in the business community and I hope that continues,” Kevin said.

MDI Hospital is grateful to have West Street Café as a Circle of Care level Business Friends Society member, and for all they do for the MDI community.