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May 10, 2017

Conners Emerson students learned how to make their own tamales during MDI Hospital and Havana’s Food Revolution Day 2016. This year, they will learn to make baked vegetable empanadas.

Conners Emerson students will be learning to make empanadas this Food Revolution Day thanks to MDI Hospital and Havana Restaurant. The hospital and local restaurant are again partnering to bring increased food knowledge and food education to Island children. This year, Havana chef Uel Sugg and MDI Hospital’s Marisa Marinelli will be teaching fifth and sixth graders how to make baked vegetable empanadas, while MDI Hospital wellness coaches Laura Clapp and Ben Billings, and dietitian Amory Gray will be leading them in several outdoor activities.

Food Revolution Day 2017 kicks off in the school’s cafeteria the morning of Friday, May 19, with the hands-on cooking demonstration and wellness session, but it doesn’t end there. In the evening, thanks to local restaurant owner Michael Boland, Havana is hosting a free reception for parents and students from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. to give students the chance to showcase the dishes they helped to create. All proceeds from dinner service at Havana that evening, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., will be donated to the greenhouse project at Conners Emerson, spearheaded by former Conners Emerson teacher Steve Gabel-Richards. If all goes according to plan, this year will mark the completion of the greenhouse project and a completion ceremony will be held at the school at the close of the year.

Originally from Massachusetts, Havana Chef Uel Sugg has worked in Washington D.C., Brazil, California, and Maine. “As a head chef, I take pride in letting the local ingredients shine giving them the respect they deserve,” he says.

Gabel-Richards first started the greenhouse project while he was a teacher at Conners Emerson and has continued to work with the school, A Climate to Thrive and College of the Atlantic to bring the project to fruition. This year, MDI Hospital and Havana hope to raise enough to help Conners Emerson complete the greenhouse.

“Building food knowledge and awareness in our schools is so important,” said MDI Hospital President/CEO Art Blank. “We are very grateful to Conners Emerson and to Michael Boland and Havana for partnering with us to continue to develop food education for our Island’s children.”

Established in 2011 by renowned chef Jamie Oliver, Food Revolution Day is an international day of action designed to promote food education for children. MDI Hospital began participating in the initiative in 2013 and first joined with Havana in 2014 to bring a unique hands-on cooking class to Conners Emerson. By all accounts, the partnership has been a great success.

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 hospital is our community,” said Jean Young, RN during her interview for the film.

For more information on the hospital’s upcoming anniversary celebrations or to get involved, contact Marisa at 207.288.5082, ext. 1429 or For more information on the film screening, call the Jesup Memorial Library at 288-4245.

July 19, 2016

Shirley Conklin of Salisbury Cove was named Mount Desert Island Hospital’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her contributions to the community and her outstanding commitment to the MDI Hospital Auxiliary. Conklin received the award at MDI Hospital’s Annual Volunteer Celebration on July 15 at the Kebo Valley Golf Club.

For more than 4 years, Conklin has brought her leadership abilities and can-do attitude to the MDI Hospital Auxiliary. When asked recently what brings her joy, Shirley paused and replied, “I don’t feel like I’m anything special but I just like to help people and make a difference in their lives.” In addition to her service to the MDI Hospital Auxiliary, where she has recruited new members and encouraged and increased participation at all levels, Conklin is also active in the Eden Baptist Church.

“Shirley is someone who exemplifies MDI Hospital Organization’s values of compassion, commitment, improvement, integrity, respect and teamwork,” said award presenter Lani Naihe, advancement director at MDI Hospital. “She carries these values through in her everyday life, in her community and through her commitment to our hospital auxiliary. Shirley not only became involved with our auxiliary but became president in only her second year as a member.”

Friday’s event also the outstanding contributions made by MDI Hospital’s 211 volunteers. “Our volunteers provide an invaluable service to our organization and our community,” said Brenda Sprague, MDI Hospital’s volunteer coordinator. “Many of our volunteers also contribute to other area organizations, which is a testament to their selfless commitment to our community.”

According to Sprague, volunteers contributed 5,923 hours throughout the organization. Volunteers support MDI Hospital, the MDI Hospital Auxiliary, Birch Bay Retirement Village, the Don and Beth Straus Program, and serve on boards and committees and therapy dog teams. While their tasks vary based on their unique experience and skills, their role is always the same, to support the hospital organization in its mission to provide the best possible care for the community.

The MDI Hospital Organization welcomes volunteers from students to seniors and everyone in between. To learn how you can get involved, contact Brenda Sprague at 288-5082, ext. 1198.

July 18, 2016

Cranberry Island resident Michael Westphal will be the keynote speaker at Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Annual Meeting on Monday, August 1 at 5 p.m. at the Bar Harbor Club on 11 West Street in Bar Harbor.

Westphal was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006. Once an elite athlete, he decided to take up running as a way to relieve his symptoms. What he found was his symptoms almost disappeared completely while he was running. “Outrunning Parkinson’s,” a short film on Westphal’s journey to Cranberry Island’s “Great Run” marathon, will also be shown. Directed, filmed, and edited by MDI native, Peter Logue, the film follows Westphal as he sets out to complete the marathon. Westphal went on to run the Boston Marathon and raised more than $36,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Westphal been featured by Runner’s World and ESPN, and continues to be an active advocate for Parkinson’s disease.

Westphal 4In addition to the keynote by Westphal and the documentary short, MDI Hospital’s 2016 Annual Meeting will feature a summary of the past year’s accomplishments and financial performance. The organization’s recent awards and community partnerships will be among the topics to be presented.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend MDI Hospital’s Annual Meeting. Social hour with, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and live jazz begins at 5 p.m. Jazz will be performed the Peach and Blue Trio, a trio of local artists including Matt Harkins, Will Miller and Summer Keith. The annual meeting program, keynote, and presentations begin at 6 p.m. Complimentary parking is available in the gated lot between the Bar Harbor Club and the Harborside Hotel on West Street.

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March 28, 2016

MDI Hospital and Health Centers would like to take the time to express our gratitude to the physicians and caretakers who impact the lives of the community each day.

March 22, 2016

Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Community Dental Center and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital’s Maine Coast Dental Center will be providing free dental services to qualifying individuals on the following dates:

Community Dental Center: April 27 and April 28, 2016. Please call Candyce at 244-2888 to determine if you are eligible for these free services and to make an appointment.

Maine Coast Dental Center: May 16 and 19, 2016. Please call Julie at 667-0293 to determine if you are eligible for these free services and to make an appointment.

Both dental centers seek to serve the community by offering quality, affordable oral care for all ages year round. For more information, or to make an appointment during regularly scheduled hours, please contact the centers Monday through Thursday at the numbers above.

About the Community Dental Center

The Community Dental Center, located at 4 Community Lane Southwest Harbor, ME, offers high quality, affordable oral care for all ages, preventative care, urgent care and a sliding fee scale. The center accepts most major insurance including MaineCare. For more information or to inquire about becoming a patient of the Community Dental Center, call 244-2888.

About Maine Coast Community Dental Center

The Maine Coast Community Dental Center, located at 52 Christian Ridge Road in Ellsworth, ME, was established to provide improved access to dental services for underserved individuals, including those on MaineCare. However, the center is open to all patients and accepts most commercial dental insurance and has a sliding scale for those without insurance who qualify. The dental staff also provide portable dental services to children in area schools. For more information, or to inquire about becoming a patient at the Maine Coast Community Dental Center, call 667-0293.

March 6, 2016

To perform more non-invasive exams with industry-leading depth and detail, Mount Desert Island Hospital has acquired the AplioTM 500 Platinum ultrasound system from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. MDI Hospital is leveraging the new system’s advanced visualization technology, including Shear Wave elastography to measure liver tissue elasticity and help diagnose patients presenting with Hepatitis C. The new system features powerful clinical imaging tools to enable MDI Hospital to non-invasively measure tissue stiffness of the liver. The machine also enables better visualization of breast microcalcifications compared to traditional imaging and workflow automation tools for more efficient and precise exams.

“We needed an ultrasound system with superior image quality that would give MDI Hospital a competitive edge in the surrounding area and offer our clinicians the information needed to help make the right diagnosis on all patients, every time,” said Dr. John Benson, director, Medical Imaging, MDI Hospital. “The Aplio 500 Platinum provides clear images that allow our staff to visualize anatomy using ultrasound to reduce invasive procedures, which helps improve patient care.”

The ultrasound system also features Superb Micro-Vascular Imaging (SMI), which allows MDI Hospital radiologists and sonographers to see small blood vessels and visualize low-velocity microvascular blood flow without the need for radiologic contrast agents or more invasive modalities.

“The Aplio 500 Platinum expands the clinical utility of ultrasound and helps give clinicians a more worry-free experience so they can focus on what matters most, patient care,” said Maria Piazza, director, Ultrasound Business Unit, Toshiba. “The advanced image quality of the Aplio 500 Platinum gives providers, like MDI Hospital, a high level of visualization and clarity, allowing clinicians to offer safer, less invasive and more cost-effective care to its patients.”

February 29, 2016

Mount Desert Island Hospital is set to host our annual Health Fair on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MDI High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road. This free event is open to the public and will provide an opportunity to learn about many resources for a healthy lifestyle.

Wellness professionals from the MDI Hospital Organization will be on hand to provide health screenings including cholesterol checks, blood glucose, blood pressure, bone density, body mass index diagnostics, and much more. These health screenings will help give you the knowledge and the tools that you need to stay healthy.

Representatives from the community will also provide demonstrations and information about reiki, acupuncture, chiropractic, and reflexology healing practices.

For more information, contact Kathy Mulligan, Community Health Educator, at 801-5034.

October 13, 2015

MDI Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Edward Gilmore has been named its first Chief Medical Officer. His appointment was announced at Board of Trustee meeting on Wednesday, September 30. Dr. Gilmore, a Harvard Medical School graduate of the class of 1965, brings many years of experience and considerable expertise to the role. He was recently honored for 50 years of medical service by the Maine Medical Association, and has long been recognized as a Master of the American College of Physicians – the highest recognition available.

“As the Chief Medical Officer, I will be directly concerned with ensuring the highest quality of patient care,” said Dr. Gilmore. “I will continue to care for my patients while working with other medical staff leaders to carry out the hospital’s vision to be the community’s medical home.”

In his new role, Dr. Gilmore will serve as a liaison between the medical staff, the administration and the MDI Hospital Board of Trustees. He looks forward to bringing the perspective of a practicing physician to his work as a member the senior leadership team at MDI Hospital. He will also work to represent the hospital’s medical staff and provide physician input regarding budget issues and other administrative areas of concern. “In the twilight of my career, in the interest of promoting the best possible patient care, I want to try to help other physicians and providers to adjust and function optimally in today’s rapidly changing medical environment,” he said.

MDI Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank was particularly pleased to recognize his friend and colleague for his years of service, and to welcome him to his new role as a member of the hospital’s senior administrative team. “MDI Hospital is lucky to have someone of Dr. Gilmore’s caliber who is trusted by both our community and medical staff to partner with senior administration to lead our organization forward.”

His new role as Chief Medical Officer will include staff recruitment, development and revision of medical care protocols, promotion of ethical standards, promoting effective and improved use of medical technology, and the evaluation and resolution of patient and staff concerns. “In the broadest sense, I hope to work with my fellow physician’s and other providers as well as the hospital administration and board of trustees, to promote teamwork, mutual respect and better patient care,” he said. “I look forward to the journey.”

Dr. Gilmore continues to serve the hospital as Chief of Medicine. In addition to his recognition as a Master of the American College of Physicians, he has 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.

August 10, 2015

Hi – I’m Kira the Therapy Dog.

I recently completed my therapy dog certification and have started visiting patients at Birch Bay Village and the Community Health Center with my human, Dr. Koscherak. I love to see the smiles on people’s faces when they meet me and touch my thick soft fur. I am a six year old Samoyed who spent the first five years of my life in a kennel near Toronto. I had three litters of puppies before I came to live with Dr. K. on MDI. Now I get to walk the carriage trails every day and enjoy the outdoors.

I love my new lifestyle. To earn my therapy dog certification I had to learn all sorts of things that I had never done before such as sit, stay, and heel. I even learned twenty words of English. It was very difficult and took me almost a year to master the skills. My human says he is very proud of me. Now we can go to new places and spend more time together. I like meeting people and making them happy. Being a therapy dog is fun.

I hope you have a good day. I’ll see you on the trails. Keep walking. It’s good for your health.