BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital President/CEO Arthur J. Blank was installed as chairman of the Maine Hospital Association (MHA) Board of Directors at the organization’s summer meeting on June 20.
Being actively engaged will help ensure community hospitals such as MDI Hospital have a voice in shaping health care policy at the state and federal levels. “Working directly with lawmakers and industry leaders gives us the opportunity to keep the issues that impact our community and others like it in the forefront,” he said.
In addition to serving as President of MDI Hospital, Mr. Blank has been an active member of many Mount Desert Island community organizations for nearly 20 years including the MDI Rotary Club, United Way and the MDI YMCA where he serves on the board of directors.
Concurrently with his service to the greater MDI community, Mr. Blank is a founding board member of HealthInfoNet, Maine’s groundbreaking statewide health information exchange, and a member of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Research.
The MHA represents 39 community-governed hospitals in Maine and is an advocate for hospitals in the state legislature, U.S. Congress, and state and federal regulatory agencies. It also provides educational services and serves as a clearinghouse for comprehensive information for its hospital members, lawmakers and the public. The MHA is a leader in developing health care policy and works to stimulate public debate on important health care issues that affect all of Maine’s citizens.