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National Awards, Education Featured at Annual Meeting

August 4, 2015
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Five national awards for excellence, the evolution of a series of educational collaborations and finishing the fiscal year in the black are just some of the past year’s accomplishments that were highlighted at the Mount Desert Island Hospital Organization’s Annual Meeting Monday.

In addition, the meeting featured keynote speaker Rafael J. Grossmann, MD, FACS, the first surgeon to use Google Glass during live surgery, who presented a vision of the future of medicine that will be brought about through better utilization of technology and a better understanding of patient experience.

MDI Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank told the audience that MDI Hospital received its 14th consecutive Overall Best Performer Award for patient satisfaction by Avatar International and was one of only 251 hospitals in the nation to earn the new five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Each of these awards is direct recognition of the compassion and commitment of our team members,” he said. In addition, the hospital was named to the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for quality in the nation by the National Rural Health Association for the 3rd year in a row.

Blank also spoke in honor of two important friends to MDI Hospital who recently passed away. The meeting was dedicated to Gerrish H. Milliken, Jr. in honor of his contributions to his community and to Mount Desert Island Hospital, the Neighborhood House, the Northeast Harbor Library and St. Mary & St. Jude Episcopal Church. Blank also honored longtime board member Dr. Julius R. Krevans, who served as a hospital trustee for 13 years. “Both of these gentlemen are a part of a 118 year legacy here at MDI Hospital, said Blank. “I am so pleased to report that our talented team is continuing the tradition of maintaining our strong, independent, community focused healthcare organization.”

In the ever-changing world of healthcare, the role of education in medicine is increasingly important said Blank. The Organization’s commitment to education is evidenced by its landmark collaboration with Penn Medicine, now in its fifth year, its unique clinical internship program with College of the Atlantic and its partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine and the Maine Track Program, designed to bring top doctors back to the state of Maine to practice medicine.

In addition to its medical staff exchange program, which brings physicians, residents and nurses to MDI Hospital’s emergency room each summer, the MDI Hospital-Penn Medicine Collaborative also offers clinical and community education throughout year. As a part of this education, the collaboration hosted its 4th annual Partners in Patient Care breakfast conference the morning before the annual meeting. The event, which was free and open to the public, brought together experts from both institutions to discuss leading-edge research and treatment advances in stroke and women’s health. Since its inception, the MDI Hospital Penn Medicine collaborative has become a national model for both expanding patient access to the latest advances from academic medicine and expanding learning opportunities for clinicians in training.

Monday’s meeting concluded with the announcement of the MDI Hospital Employee of the Year. This year’s recipient is Patient Advocate and Service Excellence Coordinator Kelli Mitchell. Mitchell was chosen by her fellow employees for her dedication and commitment to the organization.

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