Monday, May 18, 2020

Social Call Service Offers Connection During Isolation


Healthy Acadia’s Maine RecoveryCorps and MDI Hospital are partnering to offer a new Social Call service to respond to the isolation many community members are facing during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Social calls can be a welcome break from the isolation of the physical distancing restrictions in place as part of efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19. Through a newly launched pilot program, Social Calls are being made upon request by Healthy Acadia’s trained Recovery Coaches, who connect community members to needed resources and support services or simply provide a kind ear for those wanting to talk. 

Social calls offer an opportunity for connection and can serve to buffer the negative effects of physical distancing and are not intended to replace an individual's need to connect with their mental health professional. And the calls are proving beneficial to all involved. "Our Social Callers are finding that the peers they are reaching out to are not the only ones benefiting from this service. They are also developing social relationships that are helping them to stay better connected to the communities they live in. They are excited to connect with more people in our area," said Beth Alteri, Recovery Volunteer and Office Coordinator. 

Fourteen community members have utilized the Social Call service since the pilot program was launched two weeks ago on MDI. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “It feels rewarding to know that they appreciate the calls. I really hope that it is helping them during this difficult time. I look forward to calling them back to hear about their week,” said BillieJo Warren, a volunteer Recovery Coach and Social Caller.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Healthy Acadia to help provide the Social Call service to our community at this critical time,” added Arthur Blank, President/CEO, MDI Hospital. “As we all work together to slow the spread of this global pandemic, maintaining our connection to one another in a safe, accessible way is so important.” 

Healthy Acadia’s Maine RecoveryCorps are also exploring ways to expand the Social Call service beyond the Island to reach more residents in Hancock County.  

If you would like to receive a social call from a trained volunteer from Healthy Acadia, click here to submit your request online, or visit www.HealthyAcadia.org or www.mdihospital.org to print a form to complete and mail or fax. You may also connect with your health care provider who can submit a referral on your behalf. 

If you need help filling out this form, or would like to provide the information over the phone, please call Beth Alteri at (207) 460-2312 or email SocialCalls@HealthyAcadia.org.  
Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at www.HealthyAcadia.org

Established in 1897, Mount Desert Island Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare for residents and visitors through a 25-bed critical access facility in Bar Harbor and a network of eight regional health centers, including a full-service behavioral health center and dental clinic. Learn more at www.mdihospital.org

Thursday, May 7, 2020

MDI Hospital Names New President and CEO


Mount Desert Island Hospital has named a new president and CEO. Christina “Chrissi” Maguire, current chief operating officer and senior vice president will succeed Art Blank on January 1, 2021. Blank announced in January of this year that he would retire at the end of 2020.

I speak for the entire Board of Trustees when I say how excited we are to have a professional of her caliber as our next president and CEO,” said Jim Bright, Chairman. “Chrissi’s commitment to MDI Hospital, to our patients and their families, our employees, and our community made her the top choice to be our next leader.”
Maguire has proved a strong leader in multiple roles since she joined MDI Hospital in 2011, said Bright. These roles include treasurer, vice president of finance, chief financial officer and senior vice president and COO. When she became senior vice president and COO, Maguire took on overall operational responsibilities while continuing to serve as the organization’s chief financial officer and treasurer.

Throughout her 32-year career in finance, Maguire has worked as an accountant, a reimbursement specialist, controller, director of fiscal services, and chief financial officer.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve this organization in the capacity of president and CEO and to work with such an amazing group of dedicated individuals,” said Maguire. “MDI Hospital will continue to be a leader in improving the health and vibrancy of our patients and the community we serve through innovation and improved integrated systems of care. I am so pleased to continue the strategic legacy that Art Blank has framed over his dynamic years of service and am deeply honored by that privilege.” 
Maguire is an active participant in various leadership and community organizations. She currently serves as a member of the CFO Council for the Maine Hospital Association, the secretary of the Maine Chapter of HFMA, a member of the Steering 2.0 Committee of National HFMA, a member of the CFO Council for Critical Access Hospitals and a member of the Operations Management Team for the Maine Rural Health Collaborative, LLC.
She is also a longtime member of the Ellsworth Lioness Club, a past president of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and Ellsworth Economic Development Committee, past chair of the Lamoine School Board and current member of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee.
Maguire graduated with a B.A./B.S. Degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in 1986 and is a current MHA candidate at Saint Joseph’s College.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Healthy Acadia Will Offer Responsible Beverage Server and Seller Training this Spring While Observing Distancing Protocols


Maine’s busy tourist season may be delayed this year, but Healthy Acadia is still ready to help local stores, restaurants, and taverns safely sell or serve alcohol when they are fully re-opened. “Two things have changed with our state-certified server/seller training this year,” said Tara Young, Healthy Acadia’s Drug-Free Communities Coordinator. “We will be offering training using Zoom to adhere to current physical distancing protocols. And, since so many small businesses in our area are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, we will not be charging $25 for the training. It will be free for anyone, whether they are a new staff member getting their initial training, someone who needs recertification, or someone who would like to become a server or cashier in the future.” 
This course emphasizes increasing employees’ knowledge about liquor laws, the importance of preventing underage sales, and sales to visibly intoxicated individuals, as well as building skills the skills necessary to handle refusing service when necessary. Employees will receive training on best practices to identify minors, false identification, and signs of visible intoxication. Training employees through this 3-hour course may lead to reduced insurance rates for businesses and will help reduce the risk of making costly and/or tragic unlawful sales.
Healthy Acadia will hold virtual training sessions on May 1, 13, 21, and 22, 2020. Off-premise training (for stores licensed to sell alcohol for consumption at another location) will begin at 8:30 a.m. on each of these days; on-premise training (or restaurants, bars, and taverns who serve alcohol) will begin at 12:30. To register, click on this link: https://forms.gle/jWSNMgewXNZFNK666
For more information or to schedule a dedicated training for six or more employees, please contact Tara Young at 667-7171 or tara@healthyacadia.org.

Healthy Acadia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that engages in a broad range of initiatives to build healthier communities and make it easier for people to lead healthy lives across Washington and Hancock counties, Maine. Learn more at www.healthyacadia.org

Monday, April 13, 2020

Mount Desert Island Hospital Acquires Cepheid GeneXpert Rapid Point-of-Care Testing System for the New Coronavirus and Many Other Infectious Diseases


MDI Hospital announced today that the organization has acquired a new advanced Cepheid GeneXpert point-of-care testing system that can detect the new coronavirus and many other infectious diseases in approximately 45 minutes or less. This system is now on-site and being prepared for service.

“We are profoundly grateful for the incredible generosity of an anonymous family, who reached out to us to provide our community with this remarkable technology at such a critical time,” said MDI Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank. “In these unprecedented times, access to advanced rapid testing is invaluable, and can only be measured in lives saved as well as the safety of our health care professionals and community.

The rapid detection time made possible by the advanced technology allows hospital clinicians to more effectively diagnose, treat and target COVID-19 infections which can help slow the spread of the disease. Cepheid recently received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its rapid molecular diagnostic test for the new coronavirus. Commenting on the development, Cepheid president Warren Kocmond said: “Our automated systems do not require users to have specialty training to perform testing. They are capable of running 24/7, with many systems already doing so today.” To date, the company has more than 23,000 automated GeneXpert Systems worldwide and approximately 5,000 GeneXpert Systems in the US that are capable of point-of-care testing and suitable for hospital use.

For more information about Cepheid and their GeneXpert Systems, visit their website at cepheid.com.

For more information about the hospital’s coronavirus preparedness efforts, visit their website at mdihospital.org.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is here to serve customers during the COVID-19 crisis


Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has helped our customers navigate many financial crises and economic downturns over the last 133 years. We are committed to serving our customers and supporting them as we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. We recognize each customer need is unique, and we will continue to provide personalized, individual service and support. If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, we are here to help. Give us a call at 888-853-7100.

Our local branches are open and here to serve you. See below for additional information about your local branches and their hours:

Branch Name: Bar Harbor
Branch Address: 82 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Branch Phone Number: 207-288-3314
Branch Hours:
Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Branch Name: Northeast Harbor
Branch Address: 111 Main St, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
Branch Phone Number: 207-276-3314
Branch Hours:
Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Branch Name: Somesville
Branch Address: 1055 Main St, Mount Desert, ME 04660
Branch Phone Number: 207-244-4417
Branch Hours:
Monday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Branch Name: Southwest Harbor
Branch Address: 314 Main St, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
Branch Phone Number: 207-244-3314
Branch Hours:
Monday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Types of Service Available: The drive ups at these locations are available for regular transactions and lobby appointments are available for needs that cannot be handled at the drive up. Please call the branch directly to make an appointment with a banker.

24/7 Remote Banking options: We are proud to provide our customers with many tools to allow them to complete their banking without leaving the safety of their home. We offer online banking, mobile banking with mobile deposit, telephone banking, and more. Additionally, our locations offer Smart ATMs that allow customers to withdraw money and deposit checks. Don’t want to use cash? Consider using your Bar Harbor Bank & Trust debit card with Contactless Payment Technology, just tap and pay. Visit our website to learn more: https://www.barharbor.bank/bank-anywhere


Home mortgage payment relief: If you are wondering what your mortgage payment relief options are as a homeowner, please contact our Customer Service Center at 888-853-7100. They will connect you with a dedicated team member who will work with you to review all of the options available and build a solution for your particular situation.

Business loan payment relief: If you are a business customer or business owner wondering what your loan payment relief options are, we encourage you to connect with one of our Commercial Bankers. They can discuss the different options available, including the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, and will develop a solution specifically for your needs. Contact one of our branches or our Customer Service Center at 888-853-7100 to get connected with a Commercial Banker.


Cash management solutions: Running your business during this time of social distancing can present challenges and we are here to provide solutions. We can help answer your questions about FDIC insurance, credit card processing, depositing checks remotely, moving money electronically, and more. We offer a variety of products and services to help you run your business remotely, securely and efficiently. Simply give us a call at 888-853-7100 and ask to be connected to our Treasury Services Group.


Beware of scams: Be aware of specific coronavirus-related scam information by visiting the Federal Trade Commission’s website. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will never ask you for your personal information without your prompting.

We are here to help. Many of our employees are working remotely to minimize face-to-face contact. Those employees can be contacted directly or by calling our Customer Service Center, which remains open and ready to assist you. Simply call 1-888-853-7100. You can learn more about our response to coronavirus here: www.barharbor.bank/coronavirus

Monday, March 16, 2020

Welcome to new Chamber Member, Beal and Bunker Ferry Service!


You've known them for years as the primary ferry service from Northeast Harbor to the Cranberry Islands - please join me in welcoming Beal and Bunker Ferry Service to Acadia Chamber!

"Beal & Bunker has operated a ferry service between the Cranberries and Northeast Harbor since 1950. In 2018 brothers Joe Flores and Paul Hewes took over the year round Ferry Service to ensure that Islanders and Tourists would have a reliable source of transportation.

"Being raised on the islands, both brothers have a personal connection to the business and the communities that they serve. Paul began deck handing at 14, his younger brother Joe soon followed in his footsteps at just 11 years old as a volunteer, and later a crew member himself. Both brothers have a passion for the water and love meeting new people and helping their local community. Neither Joe nor Paul ever dreamed that one day they would be the proud owners of the business that was such a vital part of their lives."

And check out their new website at: https://www.bealandbunkerferry.com/

Monday, March 2, 2020

Memorial Service for Coda's Jeff Russell


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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend Jeff Russell, Chef de Cuisine at Coda Restaurant. Jeff passed away unexpectedly on January 7, 2020. Jeff worked with us for 4 years. During that time, he worked his way up from a line cook to a chef who led our kitchen with passion and integrity. Jeff’s passion for cooking was contagious. He took pride in being able to mentor young chefs and loved having the opportunity to watch them learn, grow, and succeed. One of his favorite ways to do this was by volunteering as a guest chef at "Friday Feasts" at The Community School of Mount Desert Island. To make sure that Jeff's legacy lives on, we are setting up a memorial scholarship in his name. This scholarship will provide assistance to a young student who is attending The Community School.

We will be hosting a memorial and evening of remembrance at Fogtown Brewing Company on Monday, March 9, 2020 from 5-8pm. There will be Fogtown beer on tap and wood-fired sausages from Colvard and Company. All food proceeds will be put into the memorial scholarship fund, and additional donations toward the fund will be accepted that evening as well.