Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Welcome to our new Chamber Member Great Cranberry Island Historical Society!


Please join us in welcoming Great Cranberry Island Historical Society to the Chamber. GCIHS runs a beautiful museum on gorgeous Cranberry Island - as they declare proudly, "It's worth the trip"!
"The Great Cranberry Island Historical Society (GCIHS) collects, preserves and studies the history and genealogy of Great Cranberry and its neighboring islands, and presents diverse cultural and educational programs.The GCIHS promotes a strong sense of community through its museum, archives, cafe, and lively arts center in the Cranberry House. The grounds also include a public trail to the shore, three gardens, and Sammy Sanford’s Cabin. Every day during the summer, a free shuttle carries visitors from the town dock down the length of the island and back."
Check them out at: https://www.gcihs.org/ and when you get a chance to visit, stop in and say "welcome"!

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

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.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Welcome to New Chamber Member, Maine-ly Delights II


Welcome to new Chamber Member, Maine-ly Delights II !  

Many of you are familiar with this cozy eatery in Bass Harbor.  Open seasonally, they continually delight visitors and locals alike with good food and friendship.  Be sure to stop by and welcome them to the chamber when they open for the season this year!

"Little Snack Shack across the street from the Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal. Sit outside and enjoy the sunset. Eat in or Take out! BYOB."

Monday, January 20, 2020

PINTS FOR PURPOSE, BENEFITING FRIENDS OF ACADIA

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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 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.