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August 18, 2017

Join MDI Hospital’s wellness team for walks throughout beautiful Acadia National Park this fall! Mondays & Wednesdays May 8 – June 28 8:30 am 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. All Walks Begin at 8:30 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 Kathy.Muligan@mdihospital.org Or Ben Billings, MPH 10 Wayman Lane P.O. Box 8 Bar Harbor, ME 04609 207.460.2049 Ben.Billings@mdihospital.org Upcoming Schedule: Wednesday, September 6, 2017: Schooner Head Overlook Parking Area to Thunder Hole- Meet in the Overlook Parking area. 3.0 Miles Monday, September 11, 2017: Paradise Hill from the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. Meet in the Visitor center parking area near the beginning of the trail. 2.3 Miles Wednesday, September 13, 2017: Redfield Hill. Meet in the overflow, upper par

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August 8, 2017

Mount Desert Island Hospital’s 2017 Annual Meeting on Monday highlighted its past, present, and future with a celebration of the organization’s 120th anniversary. “As we recognize this significant milestone, I’m proud to say that we do so as the oldest operating nonprofit on Mount Desert Island,” said President/CEO Arthur J. Blank. “Over the last 120 years, our hospital system has evolved to meet our region’s needs. To the patients we serve, MDI Hospital, our health centers, and Birch Bay Village are more than a healthcare system—we are a medical home, where compassionate, integrated care strengthens the community’s health and well-being.” The meeting was held in honor of Dr. Edward Gilmore, who recently retired after more than 46 years of service. Many of his former patients attended the meeting to celebrate the beloved physician. During his extensive medical career, Dr. Gilmore has been committed to educating the next generation of physicians, which led him to receive the Laureate Award and the Master Teacher Award from the Maine Chapter of the American College of Physicians as well as the Advocacy for Nursing Award from the Maine State Nursing Association. He is recognized as a Master of the American College of Physicians—the highest recognition available. Most recently, Dr. Gilmore has worked to advance the mission of MDI Hospital as the organization’s first Chie

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August 1, 2017

PINK ON THE LINKS—Participants of the Kebo Valley Ladies League Pink on the Links Golf Scramble visited the Breast Health Center last week to deliver a check for $3,950 raised during their annual fundraiser. All told, the Ladies League raised $5,276 for the Breast Health Center during their annual Pink on the Links event, more than doubling their generous donation of $2,000 made last year. “The event was a huge success,” said Ladies League President Edi Hall, “it means so much to me that our community came together to support this cause, which is personal for me and so many of us.”

From left: Debbie Mitchell-Dow, Ellen Grosseibl, Deb Lamson, Edi Hall, Lori Diguardia

“Pink on the Links began many years ago after a beloved Kebo Ladies League member passed away as the result of breast cancer,” she said. “The originators recognized how incredibly fortunate our island communities are to have the Breast Health Center providing mammograms and diagnostic services and they wanted to support it. Many, if not all of our Ladies League members know of someone that has been affected by breast cancer and have been witness to the incredible care that is delivered here.” –Betsy Corrigan Kebo Ladies League Member and Career Nurse Educator

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July 31, 2017

Can you imagine what this island would be like without a hospital? This is one of the questions posed by local filmmaker Peter Logue in the new collaborative documentary-style film, “Celebrating MDI Hospital: A history of caring. A community of healing. A legacy of giving,” set to be screened at the Neighborhood House on Wednesday, August 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The evening celebrates MDI Hospital’s 120th anniversary and begins with a complimentary wine and cheese reception generously sponsored by Sawyer’s Specialties, and appetizers by Chow Maine. All are welcome to attend this free community event. The screening is the final showing of the film, which premiered at the Southwest Harbor Public Library in February to a packed house of more than 100 attendees. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to screen this wonderful film at the Neighborhood House, and excited to see our community take such an interest,” said Lani Naihe, MDI Hospital’s Director of Advancement. “As Mount Desert Island’s oldest nonprofit and only hospital, we are proud to have served our community for more than a century, and we look forward to continuing to grow with our community into the next.” The original film shares MDI Hospital’s history, personal stories from caregivers and healers, volunteers and community members. “The community is our hospital, and the hospital is our community,” said Jean Young

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July 31, 2017

Dr. Edward Gilmore will be honored for more than 46 years of service at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Annual Meeting on Monday, August 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Club on 111 West Street in Bar Harbor. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this community celebration, which is free to the public. A cash bar will be available. Beloved by his patients, students and colleagues for his warmth and kindness—and admired for his medical expertise and commitment to growth—Dr. Gilmore has been a practicing physician for more than 50 years and was recently honored by the Maine Medical Association for a half century of service. He is recognized as a Master of the American College of Physicians—the highest recognition available. Since 1997, Dr. Gilmore has practiced at the Hospital’s Cooper Gilmore Health Center, so named for him and his late friend and colleague Dr. Llewellyn Cooper. During his extensive medical career, Dr. Gilmore has been committed to educating the next generation of physicians, which led him to receive the Laureate Award and the Master Teacher Award from the Maine Chapter of the American College of Physicians as well as the Advocacy for Nursing Award from the Maine State Nursing Association. Most recently, Dr. Gilmore has worked to advance the mission of MDI Hospital as the organization’s first Chief Medical Officer. He previously served the Hospital a

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June 22, 2017

Wednesday, June 28 9:00 am – 1:00 pm First National Bank • 102 Main Street • Bar Harbor Visit the MDI Hospital Auxiliary’s bake sale for baked goods, homemade pies, desserts, quiches, breads, sandwiches, fruit, and pasta salads. For more information, contact Shirley Conklin at 288.3083 or Brenda Sprague at 801.5041. 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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June 21, 2017

MDI Hospital will offer a Safe Sitter® course for young teens, grades 6-8, August 9 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center. More than 600,000 young teens have graduated from the Safe Sitter® program which teaches how, why, and where injuries can happen so that they can be prevented. The cost of the course is $40.00. Call 207-288-5082 ext. 1444 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter. The course provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques to young teens who are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting so that they are equipped with the skills and confidence to act in an emergency. They learn basic first aid and infant and child choking rescue and CPR. Students also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run their own babysitting business as safely as possible. Students who graduate from a Safe Sitter® course receive a completion card demonstrating that they know how to use their skills in situations they encounter.

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May 12, 2017
Cadillac Family Practice & MDI Behavioral Health Center

Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Family Health Center has merged with Cadillac Family Practice at 322 Main Street in Bar Harbor. Drs. Mary Dudzik and David Painter, who helped establish the Family Health Center in 1995, are now accepting patients at their new home at Cadillac Family Practice. “I would like to express my gratitude to Drs. Mary Dudzik and David Painter for their years of commitment and service to the Family Health Center. At Cadillac Family Practice, these excellent physicians will have increased access to care management and behavioral health services, enabling them to provide more integrated, seamless care,” said MDI Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank. “I’d also like to thank Practice Manager Lisa DeWitt and the entire staff of the Family Health Center for working to ensure a smooth transition to Cadillac Family Practice.” At Cadillac Family Practice, Drs. Dudzik and Painter join Dr. Mark Kandutsch, family nurse practitioners Linda Crowell and Angie DelVecchio and physician assistant Louis Ingrisano. Dr. Dudzik will continue to practice at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center, of which she is also a founding member, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She will be available at Cadillac Family Practice on Mondays and Tuesdays. Dr. Painter will be available Monday through Friday. For more information or to make an appointment, contact MDI Hospital and Havana’s Food Revolution Day 2017

May 10, 2017

Conners Emerson students will be learning to make empanadas this Food Revolution Day thanks to MDI Hospital and Havana Restaurant. The hospital and local restaurant are again partnering to bring increased food knowledge and food education to Island children. This year, Havana chef Uel Sugg and MDI Hospital’s Marisa Marinelli will be teaching fifth and sixth graders how to make baked vegetable empanadas, while MDI Hospital wellness coaches Laura Clapp and Ben Billings, and dietitian Amory Gray will be leading them in several outdoor activities. Food Revolution Day 2017 kicks off in the school’s cafeteria the morning of Friday, May 19, with the hands-on cooking demonstration and wellness session, but it doesn’t end there. In the evening, thanks to local restaurant owner Michael Boland, Havana is hosting a free reception for parents and students from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. to give students the chance to showcase the dishes they helped to create. All proceeds from dinner service at Havana that evening, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., will be donated to the greenhouse project at Conners Emerson, spearheaded by former Conners Emerson teacher Steve Gabel-Richards. If all goes according to plan, this year will mark the completion of the greenhouse project and a completion ceremony will be held at the school at the close of the year. Gabel-Richards first started the greenhouse project while he was

May 1, 2017

Visit our 120th Anniversary Storybook!

Mount Desert Island’s oldest nonprofit and only hospital is entering its 120th year! The hospital was first established on  September 3, 1897, during a meeting at the Marlborough Hotel in Bar Harbor, when members of the Village Improvement Society conclude that “some form of hospital is both expedient and even now necessary.” Since its inception more than a century ago, the Mount Desert Island Hospital system has grown to meet the needs of the island community. Today, the MDI Hospital system is the Island’s second largest employer and the only independent hospital system in Hancock County. In addition to our flagship hospital facility, our system includes Birch Bay Retirement Village and a network of seven primary care health centers across MDI and in Trenton, as well as two specialty clinics: the Island’s first nonprofit dental center in Southwest Harbor, and the region’s

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April 13, 2017

Can you imagine what this island would be like without a hospital? This is one of the questions posed by local filmmaker Peter Logue in the new collaborative documentary-style film, “Celebrating MDI Hospital: A history of caring. A community of healing. A legacy of giving,” set to be screened at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening celebrates MDI Hospital’s 120th anniversary and begins with a complimentary wine and cheese reception from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. generously sponsored by House Wine. The evening’s program and film screening begin at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free community event. The screening marks the second showing of the film, which premiered at the Southwest Harbor Public Library in February to a packed house of more than 100 attendees. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to screen this wonderful film at the Jesup, and excited to see our community take such an interest,” said Lani Naihe, MDI Hospital’s Director of Advancement. “As Mount Desert Island’s oldest nonprofit and only hospital, we are proud to have served our community for more than a century, and we look forward to continuing to grow with our community into the next.” The original film shares MDI Hospital’s history, personal stories from caregivers and healers, volunteers and community members. “The community is our hospital, and the hospit

April 5, 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 May 4 and will meet on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 pm. This program will take place at the Straus Center at 16 Community Lane in Southwest Harbor. For more information, or to sign up, contact Kathy Mulligan at 801-5034.

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