Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Mount Desert Island Hospital Announces the 29th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament

 Mount Desert Island Hospital is honored to announce the 29th Annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, will be played on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor.


For 28 years, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust organized the event as a tribute to longtime member and chairman of the board of Bar Harbor Bankshares, David R. Harding, in recognition of Mr. Harding’s generous support of charitable organizations and his legacy of community involvement. The fun and friendly competition has raised thousands of dollars each year for local non-profit organizations on Mount Desert Island.


“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is proud to support hospital’s ongoing efforts to provide world class healthcare on MDI. The David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament is a great opportunity for people to take a break from the office and hit the golf course for some fun and philanthropy,” said Curtis Simard, President and CEO at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. In 2021, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust selected Mount Desert Island Hospital as the exclusive beneficiary of the tournament going forward, raising $15,000 in support of the hospital’s first-ever fixed-place magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) system.


“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has been a steadfast supporter of MDI Hospital for more than a century,” said Chrissi Maguire, President and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital. “2022 marks the 125th anniversary of Mount Desert Island Hospital and the 135th anniversary of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. We are thrilled to continue the legacy of this tournament and grateful to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust for their continued partnership and investment in healthcare on MDI.”


Visit for more information about how you can participate in the event.

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.

Monday, May 16, 2022

MDI Hospital Notifies Community of Referral Issue with New Electronic Health Record System

Mount Desert Island Hospital and Health Centers launched a new electronic health record system on Monday, March 7. The new integrated system marks a major milestone for the hospital as it replaced multiple legacy systems to enhance patient safety and information security, but the upgrade has not been without its challenges.


“We’ve heard from our community that referrals to outside health care providers have not been going through since we launched our new electronic health record system,” said Oka Hutchins, MDI Hospital spokesperson. “We want to notify our community of this challenge and provide support as we work to resolve all delayed patient referrals as quickly as possible.”


When the hospital was made aware of the system issue, it was immediately corrected for current and future referrals. Hospital and health center personnel are now working through a backlog of about 650 referrals that were stuck in the system and had not been processed between March 7 and May 12. As of this notice, 20 percent of these referrals have been processed. 


“MDI Hospital is committed to providing safe, transparent patient care, and has established safeguards to ensure this type of delay does not happen again in the future,” said Hutchins. “We are very sorry for any delays that may have been caused by this issue.” Additional resources have been added to get the referral backlog corrected as soon as possible, and a referral call line has also been set up to help those effected.


If you have questions or concerns about a recent referral, please call MDI Hospital’s Referral Hotline at 207-801-5555 or contact your providers office. MDI Hospital will continue to address the backlog of referrals until all delayed referrals have been processed.


Friday, May 13, 2022

Welcome to new Chamber Member Better Homes and Gardens - The Masiello Group!


Welcome to new Chamber Member Better Homes and Gardens - The Masiello Group!

Please join us in welcoming our newest Chamber Member!

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