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MDI Hospital Begins Construction on New OB Unit

May 19, 2005

Construction of Mount Desert Island Hospital’s new obstetrics unit, which kicks off the first phase of a plan to modernize all inpatient units, is underway. Funded by the Hospital’s $3.5 million capital campaign, the new obstetrics unit will include approximately 700 additional square feet of space and is scheduled for completion in May. 

“This new obstetrics unit will provide the additional space, comfort, and security our patients and their new families need and deserve,” explained Art Blank, Hospital President and CEO. 

The department will include two post-partum rooms, including one with a double bed for families staying overnight. There will also be two labor and delivery rooms, a birthing tub, a nursery, and a new security system with cameras and wireless technology to monitor and ensure the safety of babies born in the Hospital. 

“We’re very excited about the new obstetrics unit,” said Mary Dudzik, M.D., President of the Hospital’s medical staff and Chief of Obstetrics. “Our providers and nursing staff will enjoy the additional space,” said Dr. Dudzik. “Our patients and their families will appreciate the steps we’re taking to ensure their comfort and security.”

Obstetrics services will be moved from their current location, adjacent to the critical care unit, to the Hospital wing that formerly included offices of the health center administration and the Wellness and Prevention Program. The entire modernization project will involve moving all inpatient units, including medical/surgical, critical care, telemetry, and obstetrics to the second floor. 

Currently, inpatient services are spread out over two floors. Obstetrics, critical care, and telemetry are on the second floor. The medical/surgical unit is on the first floor. 

“The new inpatient rooms will each be private and will be spacious enough for all the equipment used today,” said Mr. Blank. “They will also be located on the same floor as the surgical suite, ensuring privacy for our patients during transport to and from surgery,” added Mr. Blank. 

Mr. Blank pointed out that the Hospital’s capital campaign has received significant support to-date, but needs to raise an additional $700,000 to meet its goal. The campaign will also fund the purchase of medical technology and the establishment of a nursing education endowment. 

“We have received generous donations from our employees and the community,” said Mr. Blank. He explained that employees have given over $181,000, twice the amount expected. Summer residents Ruth and Tris Colkett recently donated $1 million toward the campaign, issuing a challenged for the community to match one half of their gift. 

“Changes like our new OB unit are necessary to keep pace with the needs of our community,” said Mr. Blank. “But we can only make these kinds of improvements through philanthropic support. We’re confident that our friends and neighbors will follow the lead of our employees and community-minded residents like the Colketts and support the health of the MDI region.” 

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