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.