Monday, June 29, 2020

Welcome to New Chamber Member - A Climate to Thrive


Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member - A Climate to Thrive!

A Climate to Thrive seeks to achieve energy independence for Mount Desert Island by 2030. Decentralized, local, renewable energy solutions will reduce pollution, create new businesses, generate year-round jobs that pay a living wage, and bring the community together around the shared goal of preserving our environment.

 A Climate to Thrive is bringing all four MDI towns together and making the island an epicenter of citizen engagement, environmental sustainability, and economic vitality. ACTT is making MDI a model in these respects, showing other communities across Maine, New England, and nationally that these actions simultaneously enhance economic well-being and quality of life. 

A Climate to Thrive is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization. Learn more at their web site: https://www.aclimatetothrive.org/ or at their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AClimatetoThrive/

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

MDI Hospital Names New Emergency Department Medical Director


David Sugerman, MD has joined Mount Desert Island Hospital as the new medical director of the hospital’s emergency department. Dr. Sugerman assumes the role from former medical director Nathan Donaldson, DO, MHA, FACEP, who will continue to serve as an emergency department staff member.
Before assuming his new role, Dr. Sugerman spent three previous summers in MDI Hospital’s emergency department as an attending physician. As a board-certified physician specializing in emergency medicine, Dr. Sugerman has served as an emergency physician and medical director in several emergent care settings in the state of Ohio. He has also been a clinical faculty member at University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center and South Point Hospital, Cleveland Clinic System. “In the emergency department,” Dr. Sugerman says, “I strive to listen diligently, and connect with patients so that I can stabilize any life-threatening situation, or treat an acute illness or injury effectively and with compassion.”
Dr. Sugerman graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982 and received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA in 1987. He interned at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York. In 1994-95 he was a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City. Over the years, Dr. Sugerman has held several positions relative to his sports medicine training, including Event Physician for the United States National Figure Skating Championships (1998), Team Physician for the United States Freestyle Ski Team (1994-98) and Race Physician for America’s Opening World Cup Ski Races (1994-95).
When asked what drew him to MDI Hospital, Dr. Sugerman explains, “I was intrigued by the unique combination of a very high quality of care, and teaching opportunities through the MDI Hospital-Penn Medicine Collaborative program, in a rural and picturesque setting.”
Outside of the office, Dr. Sugerman enjoys hiking, biking, sailing, and skiing.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Welcome to New Chamber Members, Acadia Ebike Rentals and Quietside Electric!


Acadia EBike Rentals is a local family-owned business that strives to show visitors around Acadia National Park. Our Mission is to create unforgettable memories that you will cherish. On an electric bicycle, you will be able to explore more of the island beauty than walking or on a regular pedal bike. Learn more about them at: https://acadiaebikerentals.com/ and stop in to say hi when you get a chance!

Quietside Electric is also owned by Ross Horne, and offers Commercial and Residential wiring, Heat Pump installations, Standby Generator systems. Check out his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Quietside-Electric-108716840786512/

Certificate Training Program Offered for Local Teenagers


Despite making the difficult choice to suspend Summer Camp programs this year, Camp Beech Cliff, with the generous support of Healthy Acadia, is offering a free one-week virtual certificate training program for high school-aged teenagers in Hancock and Washington counties. Focused on youth leadership and development, the program will also address safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re aware that there will be a significant gap in childcare options this summer, and we wanted to find a way to help bridge that gap, while also providing a service to our local High school students.”  Camp Director, Matt Cornish stated.  “We hope to help them work directly with local families to meet the need that will be very apparent this summer, as well as prepare them for future employment opportunities.”
The program, Filling Your Leadership Toolbox, will be offered the week of June 29 – July 3, 2020, and consist of three hours of training per day, either in the morning or afternoon.  Training will cover topics including creating activities outdoors, behavior management and conflict resolution, resilience in the face of challenging situations, and more. At the end of the week, participants will walk away with a certificate of course completion, as well as a $100 stipend for their time and dedication to the work.  Sara McConnell of Healthy Acadia said, “We love [this] new, creative way of reaching youth during these times.”
Interested young people between the ages of 13 and 18 should contact Matt Cornish, matt@campbeechcliff.org, for more information, or register at campbeechcliff.org.                       
Enrollment is limited, so register by June 24, 2020.

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