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April 19, 2017

Join MDI Hospital’s wellness team for walks throughout beautiful Acadia National Park this spring! 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: Monday, May 8, 2017: Redfield Hill-Meet in the upper, overflow parking area for the Jordan Pond House. 2.3 Miles Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Meet at Wildwood Stables parking area. We will walk the first loop around. 3.2 Miles Monday, May 15, 2017: MDI Hospital to Bar Island. Meet in the parking lot at MDI Hospital. 3.0 miles Wednesday, May 17, 2017: Witch Hole Pond

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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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April 3, 2017

MDI Hospital will offer a Safe Sitter® course for young teens, grades 6-8, May 6 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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March 24, 2017

After more than 46 years of service, Edward Gilmore, MD, MACP has announced his upcoming retirement from medical practice at Mount Desert Island Hospital and Cooper Gilmore Health Center. His last day will be May 31, 2017. “We are honored and privileged to have had the pleasure to work with a physician of Dr. Gilmore’s caliber for all these years,” said Arthur J. Blank, President/CEO of MDI Hospital. “The legacy of care that Dr. Gilmore helped to establish will continue to serve this community for years to come. We wish him the very best in his well-deserved retirement.” Dr. Gilmore, a Harvard Medical School graduate of the class of 1965, is recognized as a Master of the American College of Physicians – the highest recognition available. He 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. During his extensive medical career, he received 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. “I have enjoyed an extremely rewarding and exciting career as a physician. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve MDI Hospital,

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February 14, 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 premiere at the Southwest Harbor Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The evening kicks off MDI Hospital’s 120th anniversary and begins with a complimentary wine and cheese reception from 5:30-6:00 p.m. generously sponsored by Sawyer’s Specialties. The evening’s program and film screening begins at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free community event. “Mount Desert Island’s only hospital and oldest nonprofit organization is excited to be entering its 120th year.” said Lani Naihe, MDI Hospital’s Director of Advancement. “We are proud to have served our community as an independent hospital for more than a century, and we look forward to continuing to grow with our community into the next.” The original, documentary style 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, RN during her interview for the film. For more information on the hospital’s upcoming 120th anniversary celebrations or to get involved, contact M

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February 1, 2017

MDI Hospital’s Palliative Care Advisory Committee and the Southwest Harbor Memorial Library will hold a Death Café on Saturday, February 18 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in the Library. Death Café provides an opportunity for people, often strangers, to gather, eat cake, drink tea and examine issues surrounding life and death in a relaxed, open, safe atmosphere. There is no agenda, no objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Refreshments will be provided and there is no fee to attend. For more information on Death Cafes, visit deathcafe.com. For questions about this event at the Southwest Harbor Memorial Library, contact Carla Tanguay at 812-8662. Snow date is scheduled for Saturday, February 25.

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February 1, 2017

MDI Hospital is offering a free group class to help people quit smoking. Led by Martha Bucklin and Kathy Mulligan, the class will meet on Tuesdays from 5:00-5:45, beginning March 14th, for 4 consecutive weeks. Participants of the class will make a quit plan, learn how to disarm triggers, overcome cravings, manage stress, have peer support and learn about alternative therapies and medications to help them to stop smoking. Contact Sharon Hobbs at 801-7802 or sharon.hobbs@mdihospital.org.

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January 31, 2017

GENERATING GOOD WILL … First National Bank presented Mount Desert Island Hospital with a check for $100,000 in support of the hospital’s Emergency Generator Campaign on Wednesday, January 25. The funds help bring MDI Hospital closer to its goal of replacing the organization’s 35-year-old emergency generator with matching funds from a $1 million challenge grant issued by the Manton Foundation of New York. To date, the campaign has raised more than $800,000.

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January 24, 2017

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 Exercise/Lifestyle Changes/Goal Setting, Emotions and Support Nutrition #1 – MyPlate, Carbs, Protein, Fats , Salt/Potassium, Label Reading Long Term Complications, Promoting Good Health, Foot Care Nutrition #2– Meal/Snack Planning, Dining out, Wt Mgmt, Alcohol , Sick Days Problem Solving Diabetes Self-Management Training Classes will be offered at 3 Locations: Cadillac Mountain Medical Building 322 Main Street, Bar Harbor February 24–April 7 Fridays • 12:00 pm Trenton Health Center 394 Bar Harbor Road Trenton February 8–March 22 Wednesdays • 5:00 pm Community Health Center 9 Village Green Way Southwest Harbor April 26–June 7 Wednesdays • 4:00 pm

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January 3, 2017

It was while attending an alternative high school in Worcester, MA that Liz Cutler first had the idea that she could do anything she wanted, even create her own classes. In that realization, the seed of what would one day become ArtWaves Community Arts Center was planted. Located in Bar Harbor, this unique community arts center has become an incubator for artists to germinate the seeds of their own creative collaborations and inspire and educate others. “There’s a lot of talent and excitement on this island, I meet incredible artists,” explains Liz. She feels that everyone can engage in art on some level, even as a patron or as a partner of someone involved. “Human beings by nature just want to create,” she says. Born in New York and raised in Worcester, MA, Liz has been visiting Mount Desert Island since she was young. Her strong connection to the Island drew her to move here year-round after her children grew up. Liz has been painting on MDI for many years. In an effort to raise awareness of the fine arts on the Island, she established ArtWaves in 2015. The mission of the arts center is to create a community of serious artists on MDI and to foster growth and collaboration in that community. Liz sees ArtWaves location at 329 Main Street as an ideal neighborhood setting. “Living near the hospital is very convenient, and being across from the Women’s Health Center is a bonus,” s

December 28, 2016

A Safe Sitter® class will be offered by Mount Desert Island Hospital on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Safe Sitter® is a program for 11-14 year olds where you will learn life-saving skills so you can be safe if you’re home alone or watching younger children. The class will be held at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center at 330 Main Street in Bar Harbor. The class fee is $40. Students should bring their own lunch. To register, or for more information, contact Lisa Parkin at lisa.parkin@mdihospital.org or at 207-288-5081, ext. 1444.

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