MDI Hospital Holds Annual Meeting

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital is the only hospital in the nation to earn the Overall Best Performer Award for patient satisfaction for nine consecutive years, hospital President and CEO Art Blank said at Monday’s 2010-2011 annual meeting.

The award is earned by scoring in the top 5 percent in the nation in patient surveys conducted by Avatar International, a national hospital patient consulting firm.

“To win this award for nine years running shows that our commitment to excellence is omnipresent throughout the organization,” Blank said.

Community support continues to be an important part of fulfilling MDI Hospital’s mission. For the year, the hospital provided more than $3.8 million in free and uncompensated care, according to Vice President of Finance Brad Perkins.

The evening’s program also featured two leading physician-researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, who shared their thoughts on how the collaboration between MDI Hospital and Penn Medicine will provide educational opportunities for medical practitioners at both organizations.

“This is a shared vision to become better at what we do,” said Richard Shannon, MD, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Shannon said three elements of the collaboration focus on the “quest for habitual excellence in this community” by bringing expertise from academic medicine, through service to best deliver that expertise and to “learn from the personal touch you (MDI Hospital) bring to care.”

The MDI Hospital-Penn Medicine Collaboration brings leading experts to Maine to share cutting edge procedures and practices, invites clinical staff members to the Emergency Department to share best practices and offers experiential training opportunities for staffs at both institutions.

Also in Monday’s program, Nancy D’Agostino was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for her service in the Emergency Department assisting families of patients. The meeting concluded with the presentation of the Employee of the Year to Health Center courier Mike Hamblen of Sullivan.

The Mount Desert Island Hospital Board of Trustees elected Michael W. Bonsey to a three year term as chairman following Monday’s meeting. He takes over for Terry Musson, who has served as chairman for the past three years.

For more health news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Fenceviewer Staff

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