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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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April 18, 2018

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

Mondays & Wednesdays
May 7 – June 27
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
Ben Billings, MPH
10 Wayman Lane
P.O. Box 8
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, May 7, 2018:
Meet at the Wildwood Stables Parking Area; We will walk the first loop before the Day Mountain Loop. 3.2 Miles

Wednesday, May 9, 2018:
Witch Hole; Meet at the Duck Brook Bridge at the end of the Duck Brook Road. 3.2 Miles

Monday, May 14, 2018:
Redfield Hill; Meet in the upper, overflow, parking lot for the Jordan Pond House. 3.2 Miles

Wednesday, May 16, 2018:
Somes Sound Overlook; Meet in the Parkman Mountain Parking Lot on Route 198. 3.2 Miles

Monday, May 21, 2018:
Eagle Lake to Bubble Pond; Meet in the Eagle Lake Parking Lot. 4.2 Miles

Wednesday, May 23, 2018:
The Wooded Loop; Park in the upper, overflow, parking lot for the Jordan Pond House. 3.5 Miles

Monday, May 28, 2018:
Holiday, no walk today.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:
Schooner Head to the Fabbri Memorial Parking area; Meet in the Schooner Head Overlook Parking Area. 4.2 Miles

Monday, June 4, 2018:
Jordan Stream; Meet in the overflow, upper parking lot for the Jordan Pond House. 4.0 Miles

Wednesday, June 6, 2018:
Little Long Pond; Meet at the Gate in Seal Harbor. 4.0 Miles

Monday, June 11, 2018:
Witch Hole and Paradise Hill; Meet at the Duck Brook Bridge at the end of the Duck Brook Road. 4.2 Miles

Wednesday, June 13, 2018:
Hadlock Brook Loop; Meet at the Brown Mountain Gate house, just before Northeast Harbor. 3.9 Miles

Monday, June 18, 2018:
Jordan Pond to Deer Brook Bridge; Meet at the lower, overflow parking lot for the Jordan Pond House. 3.4 Miles

Wednesday, June 20, 2018:
Amphitheater Loop; Meet in the Brown Mountain Gate House Parking Lot. 5.2 Miles

Monday, June 25, 2018:
Day Mountain Loop; Meet at the Wildwood Stables Parking Area. 5.5 Miles

Wednesday, June 27, 2018:
Eagle Lake; Meet at the Eagle Lake Parking area on Route 233. 6.0 Miles

If you participated in all the walks, you walked over 60 Miles!

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April 13, 2018

The Downeast Substance Treatment Network is thrilled to announce the opening of the Downeast Treatment Center, a collaborative service based in Ellsworth, Maine, which will provide high-quality medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. The Downeast Treatment Center (DTC) is currently accepting referrals through the AMHC Access Center: 1-800-244-6431. The DTC plans to begin seeing patients on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 406 State Street, Suite 2, Ellsworth.

The Downeast Treatment Center will offer help and hope to individuals addicted to opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin, providing an integrated approach to recovery in the form of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT consists of medication prescribed by a provider and group treatment administered by a licensed substance use disorder counselor. Peer recovery coaching will also be available for all participants. The treatment is open to all individuals in need, including those who are uninsured or underinsured. Self-referrals and provider referrals are accepted, along with referrals from other sources, including the law enforcement-led Project HOPE initiatives.

The Downeast Treatment Center is part of a broader “Hub and Spoke” model of care developed by the Downeast Substance Treatment Network partners. The DTC serves as the “Hub,” providing intensive MAT services during the induction and stabilization phases of treatment. Individuals typically begin treatment at the Downeast Treatment Center “Hub” by attending three group sessions per week and receiving a two-day or three-day prescription for Suboxone. As recovery progresses, the medication and group session visits transition to a weekly and then monthly occurrence.

When the treatment team determines that an individual has been stabilized, they will graduate from the Downeast Treatment Center “Hub” to a “Spoke,” consisting of a primary care provider and a substance use counselor of the individual’s choice. The primary care provider will continue treatment and administration of medication, and the counselor will provide therapy services as part of the continued MAT.

As recovery continues to progress, the individual will be supported in gradually tapering off of the medications when ready. Conversely, if a higher level of care is needed than the “Spoke” primary care provider can give, then the individual can return to the Downeast Treatment Center “Hub” for MAT services. Dozens of primary care providers in Hancock and Washington counties have committed to serving as “Spoke” providers in this collaborative model.

No medications or drugs will be kept on site.

The Downeast “Hub and Spoke” model has been developed and coordinated by the Downeast Substance Treatment Network, a group of community partners working to collaboratively expand patient-centered addiction care and to support successful, long-term recovery. The entire network has been instrumental in providing guidance, developing the model, and supporting the launch of the Hub and Spokes. Key coordinators for the Downeast Treatment Center include AMHC, which serves as the licensed service provider; MDI Hospital, which is providing the clinical prescribing staff for the program; Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, and MDI Hospital, which are providing key funding to support the program and to ensure access to all; Healthy Acadia, which convenes the Network and planning efforts; along with Bucksport Regional Health Center, Washington and Hancock county medical and substance treatment providers, and others who will serve as part of the system of “Spokes.” Additional partners who have made this collaboration possible include Health Equity Alliance, Opiate Free Island Partnership, recovery community representatives, local law enforcement, state and federal representatives, drug court, and others.

Generous funding from Maine Health Access Foundation, the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, has provided critical support for the planning and launch of this model.

The Downeast Treatment Center will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an intake appointment, call the AMHC Access Center at 1-800-244-6431.

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April 3, 2018

Managing Chronic Pain Q & A with Health Coach Laura Driscoll, BS, CHES

Who can benefit from this workshop?

If you or someone you are caregiving for are struggling with pain on a regular basis (arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.), this class will give you strategies to help cope and improve your quality of life.

In your experience, what are some of the struggles people living with chronic pain face?

People with chronic pain often struggle with depression or sadness over not being able to do the things they once were able to do. They may also deal with strained relationships with their family or friends because they have withdrawn from activities and social gatherings due to the pain. Often, people living with chronic pain have resorted to limiting or cutting out physical activity altogether. As a health coach, I find that this can lead to more stiffness and pain in the long run.

What are some of the types of strategies people might learn to help deal with chronic pain in this workshop?

This course helps people living with chronic pain focus on pain management strategies such as distraction from pain, improving nutrition, physical activity, and sleep, working with their health professional, and improving their pain communication skills.

If you could only teach people living with chronic pain one thing, what would it be?

You do not have to give up your life due to chronic pain. Learning how to self-manage it can give you better quality of life.


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March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018 is National Doctors’ Day! Here at MDI Hospital and Health Centers, we are fortunate to have an outstanding group of highly skilled and devoted healthcare professionals serving the needs of our island community. Thank you to all of our providers!

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March 28, 2018

When you ask expectant parents what they want from their obstetrical care, proximity to home and a personalized birthing plan are often at the top of their list. Having access to high-quality, safe obstetrical care less than an hour from home is the gold standard says Ellen DaCorte, RN, obstetrics nurse at MDI Hospital. “At a time when rural areas across the nation are experiencing a decline in access to obstetrical services, it is more important than ever to provide our community with access to safe, high-quality obstetrical care.”

In service of that mission, MDI Hospital recently welcomed three new obstetrics providers, Dr. Grace Price, Dr. Katherine Gassman, and Certified Nurse Midwife Tiana Larson to its obstetrics team. Dr. Gassman and Larson practice at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center in Bar Harbor, and Dr. Price practices at the Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor. These providers have joined with MDI Hospital’s highly-skilled obstetrics nurses to provide comprehensive, community-based obstetrical care. When asked what drew her to MDI, Larson puts “the great obstetrics department,” at the top of her list, followed by Acadia National Park.

“MDI Hospital is thrilled to welcome these talented new obstetrics providers to our team. They exemplify the compassionate, patient-centered care that MDI Hospital and Health Centers are known for,” says Jim Bright, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “Working alongside our exceptional obstetrics nursing staff, they will help to ensure that our community continues to have access to high-quality obstetrical care for many years to come.”

Every expectant parent’s experience is unique, so the hospital’s obstetrics team works with parents-to-be to customize their birth plan. Birthing options include a birthing tub, several labor adjuncts to assist with the labor process, a family bed and customized meals to name a few. MDI Hospital also welcomes personal support services such as doulas and massage, and the hospital’s obstetrics nurses recently launched a new childbirth education program focusing on prepared childbirth and breastfeeding education through a holistic format.

As a family practitioner, Dr. Gassman partners with patients of all ages to work towards optimal health. “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 a physician,” she says. As a Certified Nurse Midwife, Larson cares for women during pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth and their postpartum experience. “I partner with women to help them achieve their best physical, mental, and emotional health,” she says.

While she was a medical student at Brown, Dr. Price founded Clinica Esperanza, a free clinic providing health care to an uninsured Spanish speaking population in Providence, Rhode Island. As a doctor, she has maintained that commitment to care. “I believe in helping all patients achieve their health goals. For everyone from expectant mothers to infants to grandparents, I am eager to provide exceptional healthcare. I welcome patients of all backgrounds into my practice and fundamentally believe in treating everyone with dignity, respect, and compassion.”

For more information, or to make an appointment with Dr. Gassman or Tiana Larson, CNM, contact the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center at 288-8100. To make an appointment with Dr. Price, contact the Community Health Center at 244-5630.

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March 22, 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 Health & Wellness Fair, contact Kathy Mulligan at 801.5034.

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March 19, 2018

As the recently retired Human Resources Director of MDI Hospital, I feel compelled to speak my truth regarding the recent letters in the Islander and the comments on the hospital’s Facebook page.

From my unique vantage point, whenever an employee came forward with a concern, that concern became the number one priority of my agenda. In each case, a thorough, confidential investigation was conducted, and resolutions were reached, sometimes with one or both parties not feeling completely satisfied.

In my experience, gender discrimination cases are very emotional for all concerned. It was my job to objectively investigate, ask the hard questions, seek evidence/proof, and come to reasonable conclusions. I never once was asked to ignore, excuse, look the other way, or falsify facts by the Senior Management. To the contrary, I believe that the commitment to zero tolerance for any type of discrimination at MDI Hospital is held, adhered to, and enforced by Senior Management.

Those of you who know me, and may have even been through such a situation with me at the hospital or the Jackson Laboratory, surely know that I could not and would not work for an organization unless such a commitment was genuine. Having said that, I can appreciate why those who felt they were not heard, or were not believed, or were not respected, believe that justice was not served. I can only state that I was never thwarted in carrying out the due diligence that each and every case deserved.

—Joanne Harris, Former Human Resources Director, 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 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 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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