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Annual Meeting Highlights Innovation, Leadership and Service

August 24, 2018
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Mount Desert Island Hospital’s partnership with the Downeast Substance Treatment Network, its integrated care philosophy and its new Palliative Care Program were just some of the accomplishments highlighted at the organization’s 2018 Annual Meeting on Monday. The meeting began with a dedication to Leroy Harding, a beloved longtime MDI Hospital employee who passed away in April.

The meeting also featured speaker Dana-Farber President and CEO Emeritus Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr. whose keynote, “Cancer Research and Care in the 21st Century: Progress, Promise and Perils” drew from into his extensive background in medical research and hematology. “It is unlikely that there will be a single cure for all cancers with a ‘magic bullet’ like the polio vaccine,” said Dr. Benz. “Based on what we know so far, this notion makes no more sense than expecting the same engine to power a bicycle, a car, and an airliner just because we call them all vehicles. Effective treatments for cancer have been, and are likely to continue to be developed for one or a few types at a time.”

During the meeting, MDI Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank addressed the growing opioid crisis and the organization’s partnership with Healthy Acadia and the Downeast Substance Treatment Network. “MDI Hospital is proud to be a founding member of the Downeast Substance Treatment Network, a collective of community partners, working to expand patient-centered addiction care and support successful long-term recovery,” he said. In April, the Network, partnering with Aroostook Mental Health Center, opened the Downeast Treatment Center in Ellsworth, with the goal of providing high-quality medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. During his opening remarks, Blank congratulated the Executive Director of Healthy Acadia and MDI Hospital Board Member Elsie Flemings for her leadership of the project.

Blank also spoke about the organization’s new Palliative Care Program—designed to improve quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families by integrating the physical, social and spiritual elements of care—and credited the hospital organization’s 500 plus employees with the success of the organization’s integrated care philosophy. “We are so very grateful to the employees of MDI Hospital for advancing the delivery of healthcare by making integrated care a reality.”

As part of MDI Hospital’s efforts to provide the community with integrated care, the organization recently opened the Weekend Care Clinic, offering extended hours for acute care services on holidays and weekends, he said, and has developed a Health Coaching Program that provides one-on-one consultation and support to all primary care patients of MDI Hospital and Health Centers. Blank also asked for a round of applause for the organization’s nurses, many of whom were featured in MDI Hospital’s 2018 Annual Report. “Our nurses are leaders, educators and innovators, delivering the highest standard of personalized, compassionate care through evidence-based practices,” he said.

The organization also elected its 2018 slate of Incorporators, whose role is to elect candidates to the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Incorporators named at Monday’s meeting were Michael Boland, Sam Coplon, Ellen Dohmen, William Dohmen, Gary Friedmann, Glenon Friedmann, Richard Fox, Ph.D., Barbara Fox, Karol Hagberg, Victor Hand, Stanley Harmon, Joanne Harris, Judy Holmes, Sally Anne Kellogg, Leung Lee, M.D., Edward B. Lipkin, Kathryn Lucchesi, Ph.D., RPh, Durlin Lunt, Kathy MacLeod, Isabel Mancinelli, Karen McFarland, Joe Minutolo, Jeannine Ross, Chris Saunders, Martha Searchfield, Deirdre Swords, Christine Witham, Carol Woolman and Warren Worcester. The following board members were re-elected for 3-year terms: Edward Gilmore, M.D., Patricia Hand, Ph.D., Julian Kuffler, M.D., MPH, Martha Wagner, Ph.D., and Noelle Wolf.

Monday’s meeting concluded with the announcement of the MDI Hospital Employee of the Year. This year’s recipient is Nutrition Services Aide James Thompson, who was selected by his fellow employees for his dedication and commitment to the organization.

The hospital organization finished its 2017-2018 fiscal year in the black with a net operating gain of $2.2 million. In addition, the organization provided more than 500 jobs and $4 million in free and uncompensated care to the community during that time period.

Click here to view MDI Hospital’s 2018 Annual Report.

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