Thursday, June 23, 2022

MDI Hospital MRI Wing Memorial Dedication & Ribbon Cutting July 8th

Mount Desert Island Hospital proudly presents the memorial dedication and ribbon cutting of the Lani K. Naihe & Luzvie E. Estacio Memorial MRI Wing on Friday, July 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The new, state-of-the-art unit is named in memory of two beloved hospital colleagues who were lost last year to glioblastomaIn honor of Lani and Luzvie, more than 130 MDI Hospital employees contributed $42,596 in support of the project.


“In each of their careers at MDI Hospital, Lani and Luzvie made a tremendous impact on the lives of everyone they encountered, fully embodying each of the hospital’s values,” said Chrissi Maguire, MDI Hospital President/CEO. “Both of these amazing women made possible the innovative, compassionate care that is provided to MDI Hospital patients and the island community every day.”


This addition of this state-of-the-art MRI puts advanced, lifesaving technology within reach for the Downeast region. Among a multitude of essential imaging capabilities, MRI is incredibly important for the detection of cancers, including brain cancers. The new unit also expands MDI Hospital’s range of diagnostic capabilities, which now include prostate, TMJ, abdomen, pelvis, dynamic liver and thoracic.


The hospital broke ground on the project in 2021, with first patients seen last fall. Installation of the Philips Ingenia Ambition MRI system—one of Maine’s most advanced MRI units—advances MDI Hospital’s proud legacy of providing the highest-quality diagnostics and healthcare for residents of eastern Maine.


The Ambition MRI features near-silent technology, faster scan times and a far greener footprint than traditional MRI. It also better serves patients who may experience claustrophobia or anxiety with a 70” wide-bore scanner and patient-adjustable lighting, image projections, and soundscapes.


Numerous generous funders joined together to help fund the new unit, including again, more than 130 MDI Hospital employees who contributed $42,596 in support of the project. Major donors include Dick Wolf, the Davis Family Foundation, First National Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Winthrop, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Bangor Savings Bank, Donna Karlson and Arthur Greif, Art and Debi Blank, Chrissi Maguire and Dr. Robert Weiss.


Due to COVID-19 precautions in place in the MRI Wing, event attendance will be limited. Those interested in learning more may contact


About Medical Imaging at MDI Hospital
MDI Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department brings together highly skilled, locally based staff members, exceptional delivery of care, and a top-notch quality assurance program. MDI Hospital was the first hospital in the U.S. to receive the Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence award from the American College of Radiology, in 2013. Recipients of this award must meet a stringent set of medical-imaging standards; MDI Hospital has received this distinction two more times, in 2018 and 2021. For more information and the latest updates, visit


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.