Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Makes $5K Gift to MDI Hospital Obstetrics Unit's New Infant Security System

THE GIFT OF SAFETY…Members of the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation present Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Obstetrics Department with a check for $5,000 in support of the unit’s new infant security system. The new system uses state-of-the-art technology and soft, comfortable protection bands to ensure the safety and security of newborns.

From left: Ellen DaCorte, RN, Senior Obstetrics Charge Nurse, MDI Hospital; Angela Nelson, Vice President of Merchant Card Sales, Bangor Savings Bank; James Robbins, Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking Officer, Bangor Savings Bank; Jennifer Johnson, BSN, RN, CCRN, Inpatient Nursing Director, MDI Hospital; Sheryl Edgecomb, Vice President, Branch Manager, Bangor Savings Bank.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Mount Desert Island Hospital Receives Wellness Workdays’ Best Wellness Employer Silver Certification

Mount Desert Island Hospital has received Wellness Workdays’ Best Wellness Employer silver certification for its worksite wellness programDeveloped by Wellness Workdays in collaboration with experts from Harvard Medical School, the initiative recognizes the significant accomplishments of employers dedicated to improving employee health and well-being and helps advance the field of worksite wellness by providing data and research about current practices and wellness outcomes.

“We are proud to receive this distinguished certification for our initiatives to improve the health and well-being of our employees,” said Sara O'Connell, Human Resources Director at MDI Hospital. “We are committed to delivering wellness programs that inspire and motivate our employees to live healthier lives.”

The Best Wellness Employer certification recognizes the outstanding achievements of organizations committed to creating best-in-class wellness programs. Experts from Wellness Workdays, Harvard Medical School and many other leading organizations developed the rigorous evaluation standards for the eligibility requirements. Organizations that were awarded certification were featured at Wellness Workdays’ 6th Annual Emerging Trends in Wellness Conference on April 10-11, 2019.

"Wellness programs are an increasingly attractive benefit for employees; a certified wellness program can build a stronger organization and help attract and retain top talent,” said Debra Wein, founder and CEO of Wellness Workdays. “Best Wellness Employer certification demonstrates an organization’s wellness culture and provides an opportunity to highlight corporate wellness program initiatives and their positive impact on employee’s health.”

About MDI 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. Today, MDI Hospital employs more than 500 people and is the second largest employer on Mount Desert Island.

About Wellness Workdays
Wellness Workdays is a Massachusetts company with offices in New York, Florida and Texas that designs and delivers corporate wellness programs to promote employee health, productivity and a culture of well-being. Wellness Workdays has earned industry recognition and several best practices awards for its clients, which include New Balance, EMD Millipore, Putnam Investments, Cape Cod Healthcare, Brown University, Cabot Corp., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rockland Trust, Bentley University, Cambridge Trust and Harvard Business School. Wellness Workdays is a Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). For more information about Wellness Workdays, visitwww.wellnessworkdays.com or follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram. Learn more about the Best Wellness Employer certification program at www.bestwellnessemployer.com and join the conversation on Twitter #BestWellness2019.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Annual Health Fair Provides Free Screenings and Resources for a Healthy Lifestyle

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Mount Desert Island Hospital is set to host their annual Health Fair on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of Bar Harbor Town Hall. 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, balance tests, body composition diagnostics, and much more. These health screenings will help give you the knowledge and the tools that you need to stay healthy. Emergency Department staff will also provide CPR demonstrations.

Many local wellness vendors will be on hand, complimentary healthy snacks including smoothies will be available during the fair and attendees can enter to win door prizes.

For more information, contact Mary Parham, Community Health Educator, at 801-5034.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Announces Jaime Frederes as Senior Vice President, Director of Residential Lending

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has named Jaime Frederes as its Senior Vice President and Director of Residential Lending. Frederes is responsible for the overall bank leadership, franchise growth and business-line profitability of the Residential Lending division throughout the Bank’s footprint of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Frederes’ office is located at 1000 Elm Street in Manchester, New Hampshire.  

With over 20 years’ experience in residential lending leadership at both regional and national lending institutions,  Frederes is especially skilled at developing successful processes and training to provide the best products and customer service to those seeking home financing. Most recently Frederes was Vice President, Area Lending Manger for Bank of America in Southern/Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to that role he served as Vice President, Area Lending Manager for Bank of America for Northern New England.

“Jaime is a seasoned executive with a history of demonstrated achievement and performance in all aspects of Residential Lending, one of our critical and core business lines. We welcome Jaime to our team,” commented John Mercier, EVP and Chief Lending Officer at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Frederes holds a bachelor’s degree in management with a concentration in finance from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.  In the community he has served as both President and an Advisory Board Member of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Genesee Region and a Board Member of Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation.

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, visitwww.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

At Home Rowing Regatta Fundraiser

Calling all hibernating rowers and paddlers! Just when you need something to look forward to, the At Home Aging In Place program announces a fundraising Rowing Regatta for Saturday, June 15 at the Hinckley Boat Yard, Southwest Harbor. Think of it...warm weather...more than 15 hours of daylight...and the chance to get out on the water and show your stuff for a great cause.

All human-powered craft—rowboats, canoes, sculls, paddleboards, kayaks, etc.—are welcomed. Specially made trophies from Seal Cove Pottery will be awarded to the top three finishers in races of various lengths—1 mile, 2.5 miles and 5 miles. Fun prizes will be awarded in other categories as well.

At the same time, a huge Marine Salvage Sale will be happening onshore at Hinckley’s. Wares donated by MDI area boatyards as well as goods offered by private sellers will help to get boat owners ready for the summer ahead. Stanley Subaru has donated a scooter to benefit At Home and tickets will be on sale. A food truck will be on site throughout the day as well.

Proceeds will benefit At Home, a program of Downeast Community Partners that empowers elders to live independently while staying connected to the community. At Home is pleased to acknowledge First National Bank as the top sponsor of this inaugural regatta.

Registrations are limited to only 50 vessels. To register or for more information about the events, go to athomeforelders.org or call (207) 374-5852

So, save the date: June 15. Let’s pull together to support a great cause!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Innovative Treatment Helps Heal Chronic Injuries Using Patients’ Own Blood

Dr. Mark Kandutsch discusses platelet-rich plasma therapy, an innovative treatment for musculoskeletal injuries, with patient Robin Clarke, a personal trainer and marathon runner who received the treatment following a meniscus tear in 2016. Clarke, who went on to run a 5K just days after the treatment, has seen long-lasting results from platelet-rich plasma therapy.

While professional athletes have long used platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, to treat a variety of chronic musculoskeletal injuries, the treatment has been slower to catch on in the mainstream. This hasn’t stopped Dr. Mark Kandutsch from offering the innovative regenerative injection therapy at Cadillac Family Practice in Bar Harbor for the last 12 years.

“It's been really a particularly rewarding area of interest for me, I've had a long history of being interested in musculoskeletal medicine, and platelet-rich plasma is really the most exciting thing that I've come across anytime recently in my practice.” Thanks to advances in technology, Dr. Kandutsch has recently introduced a new fee structure that makes the treatment a little more affordable as well.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a regenerative injection therapy technique that uses patients’ own platelets to heal torn joints and ligaments. The process involves placing a small amount of the patient’s blood in a centrifuge that rotates at high speed, separating red blood cells from the platelets that release proteins and other particles involved in the body’s self-healing process. A teaspoon or two of the remaining substance is then injected into the damaged area.

Studies reveal that PRP helps regenerate ligament and tendon fibers, which can accelerate the healing process. The high concentration of platelets—from 3 to 10 times that of normal blood—often prompt the growth of new soft-tissue or bone cells. PRP can be used to treat joint pain, acute and chronic muscle strain, ligament sprains, tendonopathy, tendonosis, plantar fasciitis, some meniscal and labral injuries and sacroiliac pain. The treatment takes about an hour, with a considerably shorter recovery time than surgery.

“The effectiveness is quite well established for a lot of diagnoses,” says Dr. Kandutsch. It can be used to basically rev up or restart the body's ability to heal chronic musculoskeletal injuries that might otherwise not heal at all, and for which the only other treatment options are probably surgical.”

Part of the reason for that PRP has been slower to catch on despite its obvious benefits is that it is not typically covered by most health insurance plans, says Dr. Kandutsch. A longtime proponent of the therapy, he has worked to increase access and decrease the cost of the procedure in his practice. Thanks to recent advances in the field, Dr. Kandutsch is now able to offer the treatment for as little as $400 to $600 per session. Depending on the area and condition, one session may be enough, while some injuries may require two or three.
When local marathon runner and fitness instructor Robin Clarke found out that she had a torn meniscus in her right knee in 2016, she was concerned that knee surgery would prevent her from running competitively. That’s when she heard about platelet-rich plasma therapy. The treatment appealed to her because it was an alternative to surgery that had a far shorter recovery time.

“That was the amazing part for me. One of the big reasons why I chose it was because I had my second Boston Marathon coming up that April. The big draw for me was that I could heal as I continued to have my active life and still not take time out from work or doing the things I like to do,” says Clarke. Because of PRP, Clarke was able to avoid surgery and regain function in her knee with just one injection—and run a 5K just days after her procedure. Returning to normal activity this quickly is not typical, cautions Dr. Kandutsch, but neither is Clarke, who went on to win the 5K.

While PRP is a natural fit for athletes, the treatment is not just for sports injuries, says Dr. Kandutsch, it can benefit anyone looking to reduce pain and improve function following chronic muscle, joint, ligament and tendon injuries. “It’s very broadly applicable,” he says. “We’ve been doing this for 12 years now, and we’ve found that for most people, the results have been durable over time.”

For information on PRP, visit mdihospital.org or contact Dr. Kandutsch at Cadillac Family Practice in Bar Harbor at 288-5119.

Oka Hutchins
Public Affairs Officer & Communications Manager
MDI Hospital Office of Advancement
8 Wayman Lane | Bar Harbor, ME 04609
207.288.5082 ext. 1423
Direct Dial: 207.801.5023 | Cell: 207.460.3610

Monday, March 11, 2019

Welcome to new Chamber Member - Southwest Harbor Historical Society!

Welcome to new Chamber Member - Southwest Harbor Historical Society!
We are excited to welcome the Southwest Harbor Historical Society to the Chamber. They have recently purchased and moved into the Manset Union Church, and are looking forward to an exciting future.
The Society is dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and presentation of the history of the Town of Southwest Harbor since, and prior to incorporation as a Town in 1905.
They are open by chance, during meetings, or by appointment. Keep an eye on their web site for updates, at http://www.swhhs.org/.