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MDI Hospital 2017 Annual Meeting Celebrates Past, Present, and Future

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 Chief Medical Officer. He previously served the Hospital as the President of the Medical Staff, Chief of Medicine and the Medical Director of the ICCU.

“Ed is everything you could want from a physician, compassionate, kind, talented, open-minded, patient, and thoughtful—and he also happens to have a great sense of humor,” said Blank. “His contributions to our Organization over the years have been invaluable and will continue to help shape healthcare on this Island for years to come.” In honor of Dr. Gilmore, the meeting featured a special tribute film by local filmmaker Peter Logue and a video message from Senator Angus King.

Monday’s meeting also included the announcement of the MDI Hospital Employee of the Year. This year’s recipient is Cheryl Kolodziej, CNA, Med Surg Unit Secretary, who was selected by her fellow employees for her dedication and commitment to the organization.

The hospital organization finished its 2016-2017 fiscal year in the black with a net operating gain of $3.7 million according to its 2017 Annual Report. In addition, the organization provided more than 500 jobs and $4.7 million in free and uncompensated care to the community during that time period.

Click here to view the organization’s 2017 Annual Report.

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