Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Dr. Ormanda Johnson Joins Cadillac Family Practice in Bar Harbor

Mount Desert Island Hospital is pleased to announce that Ormanda Johnson, MD, MPH has joined Cadillac Family Practice at MDI Hospital. Dr. Johnson specializes in family medicine, dermatology and public health. Her medical interests and expertise also include occupational health and medical education.

Previously in practice in the United Kingdom, Dr. Johnson is originally from the Bahamas. Mount Desert Island appealed to her because it shared the small island feel that she grew up with and beautiful scenery. “I am excited to be a part of this great community,” she says.

Dr. Johnson’s care philosophy centers on personalized, patient-centered care. “I aim to provide quality healthcare and treat others the way I would like to be treated—with respect, dignity, compassion—and a smile. I love being able to partner and build relationships across generations, and helping to look after not only my patients’ physical health, but their social well-being and mental health as well,” she says. “Coming from a public health background, I wholeheartedly believe in preventative care.”

After earning her medical degree from the University of the West Indies in 2003, she went on to earn her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University in 2008. She was also named the 2008 Bahamas Commonwealth Scholar, where she was awarded a full scholarship to complete her Master’s Degree in Clinical Dermatology at King’s College London, The University of London in recognition of her accomplishments in improving rural healthcare. This international scholarship is given annually to one resident of the Bahamas. While at King’s College London, she completed a St John’s Institute of Dermatology Fellowship. She completed her residency at The Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom in 2013.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, music, swimming, spending time with her young son Daniel and family in general. Dr. Johnson is now accepting new patients for both primary care and dermatology.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Cadillac Family Practice at 288-5119.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Bar Harbor Bank to Acquire 8 Bank Branches in Central Maine

 Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB or the “Company”) announced that its banking subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust (“BHBT” or the “Bank”), has signed a definitive agreement to acquire eight branches located in central Maine with approximately $287 million of deposits, $111 million of loans and $284 million of assets under management (as of March 31, 2019) from People’s United Bank, National Association (“People’s”).       

Both banks will be working closely to ensure a seamless transition for customer accounts and associates transferring to BHBT.  The Company intends to offer continued employment to the professionals associated with People’s central Maine region, which is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.  This acquisition is subject to regulatory approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the State of Maine and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.  The eight branches will increase BHBT’s total branch count to 56 in its footprint, and 22 in the State of Maine.  The Company is well positioned to integrate the new branches into its existing operations and deliver the product depth and local responsiveness that it has become known for.  

President and Chief Executive Officer, Curtis C. Simard stated, “We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues, customers and communities to our already deep Maine roots.  We look forward to servicing their banking and Wealth Management needs, and to providing our full suite of personal and commercial deposit and loan products.  We believe this acquisition provides our existing and new customers enhanced convenience and underscores our commitment to Maine while expanding into contiguous markets in a sensible way. These branches stretch across the central Maine I-95 corridor with four branches in the greater Bangor market and includes all deposits from People’s central Maine territory.”

Mr. Simard stated “This transaction contributes to our financial and long term strategic goals with manageable risk based on our experienced team’s history of successful acquisitions and system integrations.  We plan to use the acquired deposits to replace certain existing higher cost of borrowings which will result in an immediate accretion to earnings and will support future growth with additional core funding.  Incremental earnings will allow for an estimated earn-back of tangible book value per share less than a period of five years.  At closing the Company will pay a 6.3% premium on average total deposits plus a premium of 1.2 times annualized wealth management revenue and approximately $4.4 million for the fair value of premises and equipment acquired.”

Griffin Financial Group, LLC served as financial advisor to Bar Harbor Bankshares and K&L Gates served as outside legal counsel.  A presentation with additional information regarding the branch acquisition is attached as an exhibit and can be found on our website.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its clients for over 130 years.  Bar Harbor provides full-service community banking with office locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. For more information, visit www.barharbor.bank.

Paragraphs two, three, and four of this release contains forward looking statements about the Company’s future plans, strategies and financial performance that may be considered forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward looking statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and this statement is included for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and often include words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate" or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could" or "may." These forward looking statements are based on current plans and expectations, which are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those expressed in the forward looking statements. Risk factors relating both to the transaction and the integration of the branch customers into Bar Harbor Bank and Trust after the completion of the transaction include, without limitation:

  • Completion of the transaction is dependent on, among other things, the ability of the parties to satisfy the conditions precedent and consummate the announced Transaction and to secure of regulatory approvals and third-party consents, the timing of which cannot be predicted with precision at this point and which may not be satisfied or received at all.
  • The transaction may be more expensive to complete and the anticipated benefits may be significantly harder or take longer to achieve than expected or may not be achieved in their entirety as a result of unexpected factors or events.
  • The integration of the acquired customers and operations into the Company, which will include conversion of data and information from the seller’s operating systems to the Company’s operating systems, may take longer than anticipated or be more costly than anticipated or may have unanticipated adverse consequences.
  • The Company’s ability to achieve anticipated results from the transaction is dependent on the state of the economic and financial markets going forward. Specifically, the Company may incur more credit losses from the acquired loan portfolio than expected, deposit costs or attrition may be greater than expected, and wealth management or treasury service income may be less than expected.

Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those expressed in the forward looking statements are identified in its reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on form 10‑Q, Annual Reports on Form 10-K, and Current Reports on Form 8‑K.  The forward looking statements included in this release are made only as of the date of this release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update the forward looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Cathy Planchart, VP
Product & Segment Marketing Manager
Marketing Department
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
135 High Street | P.O. Box 1089
Ellsworth, ME  04605
Phone: 207-667-7100 x14655
Toll-free:  1-888-853-7100 x14655
Fax: 207-412-6420
E-mail: cplanchart@barharbor.bank

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Bar Harbor Bank And Trust Presents Golf Tourney Proceeds to Beneficiaries

Jack Frost of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust presents a check for $10,500 to Jenny Jones of Bar Harbor Food Pantry and Dean Henry of Westside Food Pantry representing the proceeds from the Bank’s 26th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament played at Kebo Valley Golf Club on June 12.  This year’s tournament benefited the two Mount Desert Island food pantries with event proceeds divided equally between the two organizations, resulting in donations of $5,250 each.

Bar Harbor Food Pantry and Westside Food Pantry, have provided healthy food, household products, and supplement vouchers to our neighbors in need for decades.  Their operations are heavily supported by volunteerism and donations.  These organizations make an impact on individuals and families struggling to provide for themselves and their loved ones.

Bar Harbor Food Pantry is located at 36 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor and has been aiding the community since 1994.  Westside Food Pantry opened its doors in 1990 and operates out of the Harbor House Community Center on Main Street in Southwest Harbor.  Learn more about the great work these organizations do for our community by visiting their websites: www.barharborfoodpantry.org and www.westsidefoodpantry.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 1-888-853-7100.  Member FDIC.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awards Career & Technical Education scholarships

Congratulations to Seth Welch, Kaylee Bosse, Charlotte Brugman, Carly Pinkham, Alexander Haire, and Lydia Gatcomb recipients of the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Career & Technical Education Scholarship.  These six 2019 high school graduates attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum, and were awarded the scholarship based upon their academic success and determination to further advance their education and vocational skills.  Please join us in congratulating these young people as they prepare for their future careers. 

Seth Welch, resides in Brooksville, Maine, is a graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  He is enrolled at Eastern Maine Community College pursuing a degree in Digital Graphic Design.

Kaylee Bosse, resides in Harrington, Maine, is a graduate of Narraguagus High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Bates College pursuing a degree in Bio-Medical Science.

Charlotte Brugman, resides in Southwest Harbor, Maine, is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Video Production.

Carly Pinkham, resides in Steuben, Maine, is a graduate of Sumner High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Secondary Education – Life Sciences

Alexander Haire, resides in Columbia, Maine, is a graduate of Narraguagus High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center. He is enrolled at Universal Technical Institute pursing a degree in Automotive/Diesel.

Lydia Gatcomb, resides in Hancock, Maine, is a graduate of Sumner High School and attended Hancock County Technical Center.  She is enrolled at Husson University pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy.

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust awarded 15 Career & Technical Education scholarships of $1500 each to 2019 high school graduates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Application criteria included attending a technical career program (in designated geographies) as part of their high school curriculum, describing their career aspirations and college choice in a personal statement, as well as sharing their leadership and community service experiences.

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.


Photo caption:

Left to right: Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees Sonya Mitchell and Jacklyn Sinclair congratulate the six recipients of the Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Career & Technical Education scholarship: (front row) Seth Welch, Kaylee Bosse, Charlotte Brugman, Carly Pinkham (back row) Alexander Haire, and Lydia Gatcomb.  These 2019 high school graduates have plans to further advance their education and vocational skills. 

Monday, June 17, 2019

News from Atlantic Brewing Company

Atlantic Brewing Company of Bar Harbor is pleased to announce the promotion of Alexander Maffucci to corporate president. Mr. Maffucci has been with Atlantic Brewing for nearly a decade, currently as Director of Operations since 2017. Mr. Maffucci holds a degree in policy economics from the University of New Hampshire and worked at Adams State University prior to coming to Atlantic Brewing in a managerial position.

For More Information:

About Atlantic Brewing Company:
The Atlantic Brewing Company began brewing in 1990 inside the Lompoc Cafe in one barrel batches. As demand grew we moved to Town Hill and began brewing on a 15 barrel system. Producing local favorites like Real Ale and Coal Porter, Atlantic has been a staple in downeast for over 20 years. Now with two locations in Bar Harbor, we strive to produce quality craft beers using Maine grown ingredients.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Welcome to New Chamber Member, Southwest Harbor Congregational Church

Please join me in welcoming our newest Chamber Member, Southwest Harbor Congregational Church. 

The Church's Mission says that "We are a congregation that endeavors to "Love God" meaning loving the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; "Love Each Other" meaning loving each other as much as we love ourselves; and "Love the World" meaning loving the lost enough to share the Gospel in order to make disciples of all people."

Worship Service                 10:30 AM Sunday
Adult Sunday School           9:00 AM Sunday
Children's Sunday School   9:00 AM Sunday

The SWH Congregational Church has a long and interesting history. You can learn more about the church by visiting their web site at: https://www.swhcc.com/ Or stop by a service and meet the congregation.

Julie Pelletier, RN Nominated for Caregiver of the Year

Mount Desert Island Hospital Nurse Julie Pelletier, RN has been nominated for Maine Hospital Association’s Caregiver of the Year Award. As a Cancer Patient Navigator and Palliative Care Nurse, Julie cares for patients and their families dealing with cancer diagnoses and serious illness, providing hope, support and optimism during what can be an extremely difficult time. Her patients find that Julie’s strength and sunny disposition—often reflected in her wardrobe with a well-placed pop of color or pleasing print—instantly sets them at ease.
Julie was inspired to become a nurse after she experienced complications during her pregnancy with her daughter. She was put on bed rest and spent significant time in the hospital. “It really opened my eyes,” she says. “I was just so blown away by the labor and delivery nurses—even when you don’t know what you need, they know what you need.”
Today, she is a dedicated nurse with 14 years’ experience in advanced critical care and life support, intensive care, post-anesthesia care, pediatric care, infusion therapy, long-term care, skilled nursing care, palliative care and cancer patient navigation.
While patients tell her they find comfort in her strength, it is theirs that impresses her. “It takes a lot of courage to let me in and I’m so grateful for that opportunity,” she says. “It is extremely rewarding and humbling to be a part of my patients’ lives.”
Julie is a consummate team player who is always willing to go above and beyond or stay late to help a patient or a fellow staff member, say her colleagues. She was also instrumental in launching MDI Hospital’s Cancer Patient Navigator program in 2018, made possible by a grant from the Maine Cancer Foundation. The program, led by Julie and fellow navigator Heather Sinclair, LSW, provides an extra tier of support for those dealing with cancer diagnoses by addressing their physical, social and emotional needs. “Julie is caring, attentive and compassionate; she respects each individual’s right to choose how they want their medical care. She is innovative, which is often needed in our rural area which can present unique challenges. Her compassion is evident in every encounter she has with patients,” says Heather. “She works with providers within our hospital system and beyond to make sure that the circle of care is complete and that nothing is left unaddressed.”
Julie’s commitment to patient care is unparalleled, says Vanessa Little, DO, palliative care physician. “One day there was a patient dying in the hospital, comfort measures were in place and he knew he was dying. His family was unable to come and Julie sat with him, grabbed his favorite book off of his hospital tray and began reading aloud to him.”
Listening to her patients and advocating for them is something that comes naturally to Julie says Megan Tibbetts, Integrated Care Team Assistant. “Julie takes as much time as needed to fully listen to her patients and their families express their physical, emotional, and practical needs. She asks clarifying, thoughtful questions of her patients to better understand what is most important to them, and what barriers they may be facing.”
The winner of the 2019 Caregiver of the Year Award is set to be announced Wednesday, June 19 at the Maine Hospital Association’s 2019 Summer Forum Conference at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

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/.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hinckley Yachts Partners with Southwest Harbor Public Library on Digital Archive Project

Photo by W.H. Ballard courtesy of Southwest Harbor Public Library Digital Archive

This past summer Hinckley Yachts awarded a $2,500 grant to the Southwest Harbor Public Library in celebration of the company’s 90th anniversary. The Library used the funds to add 1,400 Hinckley related photographs to its Digital Archive. The images are of sail and motor yachts, working boats, and vessels Hinckley built for the military during WWII (in 1942, the company received the Army-Navy "E" Award for excellence in production of war equipment). Many of the photos show boats under construction and under sail off the waters of Mount Desert Island. The images can be seen online at swhplibrary.net/hinckley.
About the grant Hinckley Chief Marketing Officer Pete Saladino said “We are very pleased to have partnered with the Southwest Harbor Public Library to fund an effort to make more of the Library's collection of historical Hinckley photographs available online. Visitors to the Library's Digital Archive can now see more images of our yachts, the people who built them, and the waters that shaped their design.”
The Digital Archive contains more than 10,000 historical photographs, documents, maps, and research material given to and shared with the library since about 1900. The collection illustrates the way people, businesses, vessels, places, structures, organizations, and events relate to one another and tells the story of how islanders and “people from away” lived on and visited Mount Desert Island, Maine, in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.
The Library has a backlog of some 30,000 items still to go into the Digital Archive. Thanks to dozens of volunteers who spent thousands of hours scanning, most of the items have been digitized, but are not yet cataloged. “Hinckley not only helped us catalog more items, their financial assistance serves as an affirmation of the importance of the tireless effort of Library volunteers who have given so much time to preserve our rich history” said Library trustee George Soules.
Hinckley has been building and servicing America’s finest yachts since 1928. Founded to build and care for the boats of the local lobstermen in Southwest Harbor, Maine, Hinckley quickly developed a reputation for unsurpassed quality and innovation. The years that followed saw the company building true classics of American yachting from the Bermuda 40 to the Picnic Boat. Each new Hinckley yacht carries with it the symbol, Talaria, which marks the swift pursuit of superior ideas. Today, Hinckley builds highly innovative, owner-driven, power and sailing yachts from 29 to 55 feet. Nine yacht care centers from Maine to Florida complete the Hinckley offering by providing service, refits, transportation and storage for a pinnacle ownership experience.
To learn more about the Digital Archive, visit swhplibrary.net or call the Library at (207) 244-7065. To learn more about Hinckley Yachts, visit hinckleyyachts.com. 

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Offers Scholarship for High School Graduating Seniors

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the availability of a $1,500 scholarship for high school graduating seniors who are going on to college.  The scholarship is for income eligible applicants who have attended a technical career program as part of their high school curriculum.  There is the potential for 15 awards of $1,500 each.  From qualified applicants, one student may be chosen per technical center in the geographic region outlined below.  The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019.  Applications are available at any branch of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and can also be found online at www.barharbor.bank

Students residing in the following counties are eligible: Maine – Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, and Washington; New Hampshire – Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack and Sullivan; Vermont – Orange, Rutland, Washington and Windsor. 

The eligible technical centers include: Maine - Bath Regional Career & Tech, Capital Area Technical Center, Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology, Hancock County Technical Center, Mid-Maine Tech Center, St. Croix Regional Tech, Sumner Pathways Career Program, United Technology Center, and Waldo Tech Center; New Hampshire - Concord Regional Technical Center, Hartford Area Career & Technical Center, Manchester School of Technology, Milford High School & Applied Technology Center, Nashua Technology Center North / South, Region 14 Applied Technology Center - Peterborough, Sugar River Valley RTC Claremont / Newport, and Wilbur H. Palmer Career & Tech Center; Vermont - Central Vermont Career Center, Hartford Area Career & Technical Center, Randolph Technical Career Center, River Bend Career & Technical Center, and Stafford Technical Center.

“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is pleased to offer these scholarships,” said Jack Frost, VP/Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.  “We recognize that education is one of the surest ways for each person to have a fulfilling and successful career.  These awards can truly make a difference in helping students and families pay for the cost of a college education.”

Application requirements include a personal statement describing career aspirations and college choice, explanation of leadership and community service, high school transcript, and one-page scholarship application.  This scholarship is offered by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. For questions, please contact the Director of Community Giving at 207-667-7100 extension 10986.

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.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Welcome to new Chamber Member Quietside Realty!

Please join me in welcoming our newest Chamber member, Quietside Realty. Bonnie Boisvert says:
"Connecting you to your new home is one of my passions. I am Bonnie Boisvert from Quietside Reality, a year round, full service brokerage. I have been a real estate agent for 17 years and was in banking and home rentals for 15 years prior to that. With all my knowledge and experience in coastal Maine, I can make the search for your home an adventure. Downsizing and selling can be difficult passages, I can help you make those transitions smoothly and efficiently. My promise to you is a commitment to excellence, enthusiastic representation, and professional work ethic.
"Besides real estate my other passion is animals, especially dogs. My husband, son, and I have three dogs all rescued from shelters. I enjoy hiking in Acadia National Park here on Mount Desert Island with my dogs and friends. My home and office are located in Southwest Harbor, my hometown for the last 39 years. Give me a call, email, or text to discuss your next move to or from coastal Maine."
Be sure to say Hi to Bonnie and welcome her to the Chamber!