Monday, July 12, 2021

MDI Heroes Film Celebrates Community Pandemic Response

 Mount Desert Island Hospital’s new film on the community’s historic pandemic response, “MDI Heroes,” by Peter Logue and Tailwind Media, is slated to premiere virtually on July 17 at 4 p.m.

The film was made possible by sponsorship from First National Bank, Edward J. Benz, Jr. MD and Margaret A. Vettese, RN, Ph.D., Sally and Leonard Leo, Jonathan and Sydney Winthrop, Acadia Benefits and Strategic Benefits Advisors, Loy Andrews, Sarah Fina, Chrissi Maguire, Dean and Penny Read, Shaw Jewelry, Louise Soucy and Jim Geary, John and Mary Treanor and Martha T. Wagner, Ph.D.

“The innovation, compassion and resiliency that I’ve seen in this community over the past 15 months is truly extraordinary. We are so grateful to our sponsors and contributors for helping to bring this film to our community,” said Chrissi Maguire, President/CEO of MDI Hospital.

Director Peter Logue interviewed local business and community leaders, physicians and caregivers, members of the Downeast COVID-19 Task Force and others who shared their pandemic experiences.

“Mount Desert Island’s pandemic response was a community-wide effort,” said Maguire. “Telling this story gives us the chance to pause, reflect and celebrate how far we’ve come as we begin to look ahead. It’s a very powerful moment.”

Visit to learn how you can attend the virtual premiere.

About 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 six primary care health centers, as well as a full-service behavioral health center and a dental clinic. The hospital’s Emergency Department, a critical link in Downeast Maine's trauma delivery system, serves the Mount Desert Island community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. MDI Hospital received a five-star rating, the highest awarded, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2020. In addition, 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.