Monday, January 20, 2020

PINTS FOR PURPOSE, BENEFITING FRIENDS OF ACADIA

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  • FOGTOWN BREWING COMPANY 
Fogtown invites you to Pints for Purpose, benefitting Friends of Acadia, on Thursday, March 12th, from 6-8pm. Proceeds from the event will be donated to FOA in support of their commitment to Acadia National Park. Come help us celebrate a great cause, meet folks from Friends of Acadia, and learn about the organization and the work they do. This event is free and open to all. Fogtown Brewing Company | 25 Pine Street | Ellsworth, Maine.

Each year, Friends of Acadia works with Acadia National Park to identify places and projects where FOA’s effective mix of private philanthropy, volunteerism, innovative leadership, and strong partnerships will most benefit the park’s critical needs.

Fogtown Brewing Company's Pints for Purpose series takes place on select Thursdays throughout the winter and early spring. As part of Fogtown's commitment to our local and greater community, the mission of Pints for Purpose is to raise funds and awareness in support of Maine non-profits and charities.

Eat At Joe's food truck, always available during taproom hours, will be here, serving 100% grass-fed beef burgers, sandwiches, fresh hand-cut fries, and nachos (all ingredients sourced from local farms and bakeries).

FOGTOWN'S PINTS FOR PURPOSE: BENEFITING A CLIMATE TO THRIVE


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  • FOGTOWN BREWING COMPANY 
Fogtown invites you to Pints for Purpose, benefiting A Climate to Thrive, on Thursday, February 13th, from 6-8pm. Proceeds from the event will be donated to ACTT in support of their commitment to energy independence and sustainability. Come help us celebrate a great cause, meet folks from A Climate to Thrive, and learn about the organization and the work they do. This event is free and open to all. Fogtown Brewing Company | 25 Pine Street | Ellsworth, Maine.

A Climate to Thrive has become a model for local, solutions-focused action for Maine communities and beyond. ACTT is Mount Desert Island residents, businesses, and towns working together to achieve energy independence by 2030 and make MDI an inspiring epicenter of citizen engagement, sustainability, and economic vitality.
Fogtown Brewing Company's Pints for Purpose series takes place on select Thursdays throughout the winter and early spring. As part of Fogtown's commitment to our local and greater community, the mission of Pints for Purpose is to raise funds and awareness in support of Maine non-profits and charities.
Eat At Joe's food truck, always available during taproom hours, will be here, serving 100% grass-fed beef burgers, sandwiches, fresh hand-cut fries, and nachos (all ingredients organic, and sourced from local farms and bakeries).

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Art Blank, MDI Hospital’s President and CEO, to Retire at Close of 2020


Art Blank, MDI Hospital’s President and CEO, has announced his intent to retire at the end of 2020. In a letter to employees, Blank stated he would be working closely with MDI Hospital’s Board of Trustees and Senior Management to develop a succession plan. He and his wife Debi will continue to reside in the area.

“Serving as your CEO for the past 20 years has been a great honor and privilege.  I’m proud to have been part of a great team that has served our community with such compassion and professionalism, yet Debi and I are ready to move into the next phase of our life,” said Blank. “I am confident the future of the hospital is bright with strong leadership and a dedicated team.”

“It is impossible to put into words how much Art has done for MDI Hospital and the health of our region,” said James Bright, MDI Hospital’s Board Chairman. “His strategic vision, leadership, and advocacy have been the driving forces behind our growth, achievements, and sustainability in an ever-changing and challenging healthcare landscape. It is because of his dedication and passion that MDI Hospital remains independent, with decisions about our care, our operations, and our future being made in this community.”

Blank, who has served as CEO since 1999, has guided MDI Hospital’s vision to be the community’s medical home through the pursuit of innovative care models and an integrated health system. Under his leadership, the hospital organization has forged a groundbreaking teaching partnership with Penn Medicine, established a nonprofit retirement community, Birch Bay Retirement Village, transitioned to a critical access hospital and incorporated nine community health centers, including the community’s first full-service behavioral health center and a nonprofit dental center.

During his tenure, MDI Hospital’s inpatient, outpatient, emergency and surgical care services have been recognized by Avatar International, the Leapfrog Group, the National Rural Health Association, Harvard Pilgrim and Healthgrades. Under Blank’s leadership, the hospital established a state-of-the-art Breast Health Center, recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, and was named the Trauma System Hospital of the Year in 2016.

Blank has led several successful capital campaigns for a wide variety of capital improvements and programmatic initiatives, including the renovation of MDI Hospital’s inpatient and obstetrical units in 2007, the construction of the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center in 2014, and the acquisition of a new state-of-the-art generator in 2018.

Blank’s commitment to innovation and top-quality, integrated care has been unwavering. Through a strategic alliance with five other rural Maine hospitals, Blank helped to establish the Maine Rural Health Collaborative, with a goal of preserving and enhancing healthcare within the communities they serve. Blank worked to develop MDI Hospital’s teaching emphasis as well, evidenced by the organization’s landmark partnership with Penn Medicine as well as its innovative clerkship and internship programs with Tufts University School of Medicine, University of New England and College of the Atlantic.

Previously, Blank served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation in Bangor, Maine. Prior to joining St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation, he spent five years in public accounting with Ernst and Whitney, and Berry, Dunn, McNeil.

In addition to more than 30 years of experience in a variety of senior management roles in healthcare, Blank has worked actively in support of various volunteer community organizations including the United Way, Rotary and the YMCA. He currently serves on the board of the Maine Hospital Association as the delegate to the American Hospital Association and is a former chairman of the board for both the Maine Hospital Association and HealthInfoNet, Maine’s statewide health information exchange. He also serves as board chairman of Good Will-Hinckley Home Association, and on the boards of the MDI Rotary and the Center for Human Genetics. He is an active member of the Maine Hospital Association’s Policy Council and is the current treasurer of the MDI YMCA.
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Mount Desert Island Hospital
Mount Desert Island Hospital serves a close-knit island and surrounding communities through a 25-bed critical access facility in Bar Harbor and a network of area health centers—all designed to provide comprehensive healthcare for residents and visitors.

Since it was established in 1897, the nonprofit hospital has grown into a premier rural healthcare organization with a retirement community and eight regional health centers, including a full-service behavioral health center and a dental clinic. The organization’s groundbreaking teaching partnership with Penn Medicine, established in 2011, has evolved into a model for future urban-rural partnerships across the nation.

Today, MDI Hospital employs more than 500 people and is the second-largest employer on Mount Desert Island. Its active medical staff includes hospitalists, primary care physicians and practitioners, highly skilled nurses, orthopedic surgeons, general surgeons, psychiatrists, care managers, a board-certified emergency physician, an ophthalmologist, a pathologist, a radiologist, a urogynecologist and a urologist.

MDI Hospital holds a four-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the organization’s inpatient, outpatient, emergency and surgical care services have been consistently recognized by Avatar International, the Leapfrog Group, the National Rural Health Association, Harvard Pilgrim and Healthgrades.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Healthy Acadia Announces Mini-Grant Opportunity for Community Partners to Expand Youth Substance Prevention Initiatives


Healthy Acadia is thrilled to announce a recent grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the Downeast Maine Partnerships for Success (PFS) initiative, a collaborative effort among multiple partners throughout Washington and Hancock counties, coordinated by Healthy Acadia, to prevent youth substance use. The award will support a five-year expansion of community-driven, collective efforts to prevent substance use and promote the health and well-being of youth aged 9 to 20 throughout the region.

Healthy Acadia and PFS partners will implement multiple strategies using the evidence-based Icelandic Model for youth substance prevention and tailored to the needs and opportunities in rural Downeast Maine, to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors associated with youth substance use, specifically alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Key objectives of the five-year project include increasing parental/caregiver, school, and community awareness of and capacity to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors associated with youth substance use through implementation of a comprehensive evidence-based approach; and implementing evidence-based programs, policies and practices to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for substance use among youth ages 9-20 years. 

Healthy Acadia has earmarked $100,000 per year of the PFS grant to provide mini-grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to community groups, such as schools, community centers, and non-profit organizations, that seek to partner with Healthy Acadia around supporting positive social development, resilience, peer-based mental health support, and/or structured, pro-social activities to support substance use prevention for youth ages 9-20 years. 

Healthy Acadia has hired Sara McConnell as the Coordinator for the PFS expansion project. “I am so thrilled with the opportunities this funding creates to provide support and create positive social interactions and activities for youth in our region,” said McConnell. Sara's background includes over 10 years of extensive community health prevention programming experience in Downeast Maine, including substance use and tobacco prevention, nutrition education, as well as positive youth development. This makes her a wonderful fit for this new role, which is focused on implementing community-driven, collaborative efforts to prevent substance use and promote the health of youth across Washington and Hancock counties. 

The mini-grant application process for groups interested in partnering to prevent youth substance use is now available. For more information, and to view the request for proposals, visit Healthy Acadia’s website: www.healthyacadia.org, or contact Maria Donahue, Project Director, at 207-667-7171 or maria@healthyacadia.org or Sara McConnell, Project Coordinator, at 207-255-3741 or sara@healthyacadia.org. Applications are due by Friday, January 24, 2020.  

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

This project is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under Partnerships for Success Grant # 1H79SP081695. Learn more by visiting www.samhsa.gov or by calling 877-SAMHSA-7. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Sponsors 2019 MDI Marathon

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor for the 2019 Mount Desert Island Marathon.  This year’s race is being held on October 20, starting in Bar Harbor and ending in Southwest Harbor, passing by all four of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s branches on Mount Desert Island.

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has been a sponsor of the MDI Marathon since its inception, 18 years ago,” said Lisa Parsons, SVP, Regional Market Manager at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “This race has grown into a world-class sporting event and provides a welcome economic boost to MDI businesses as the summer season winds down.”  For more information about the race, visit www.runmdi.org.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets.  As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company.  For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Welcome to new Chamber member Compusult, Inc.!


Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber member, Compusult, Inc.

Many of you are familiar with the vision of David's van driving up to your business to solve your latest computer crisis! But did you know that 2019 is Compusult's 20th anniversary?

David says, "Starting in 2009, Compusult began offering computer consulting services to small businesses on Mount Desert Island, ME from it's office in Southwest Harbor. And in 2014, we opened a 2nd office in Ellsworth to service Downeast businesses. Being a member of the local community, we think it is very important to forge long term relationships. 

"Whether you call it computer support, computer guy, IT support, computer consulting, computer services, computer tech support, technical support, network maintenance, website design or just plain computer help - Compusult can help your business - we are sort of like a part time IT support company for your business.

"We also offer computer support and IT service to ellsworth, bar harbor, northeast harbor, hancock, seal harbor, mount desert, hall quarry, tremont, deer isle, stonington & bass harbor."

You can learn more about Compusult at: http://www.comp-u-sult.com/home

Monday, September 30, 2019

Welcome to new Chamber Member Edward Jones Investments


Please help us welcome our newest Chamber Member, Edward Jones Investments.

Elise Frank is happy to tell us, "In 2016, I joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor, opening the firm’s first branch office in Bar Harbor. In 2018, I won the firm's coveted Zeke McIntyre Pioneer Award, which recognizes new financial advisors who achieve high levels of success early in their careers with the financial services firm. I was one of only 125 of the firm's more than 16,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

"My family and I have lived in Bar Harbor since 2014. I have been active in business and civic affairs in Mount Desert Island (MDI) for the past four years. I am a board member of MDI/Bar Harbor Rotary and the MDI Historical Society, a volunteer with the Seal Cove Auto Museum and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce."

Edward Jones Investments is located at 71A Cottage Street in Bar Harbor, and is open Monday thru Friday from 9AM to 4:30PM. We encourage you to welcome Elise and Edward Jones Investments to the Chamber!