MDI physician is caregiver of year

Doctor Charles Hendricks of Seal Harbor has been named Maine Caregiver of the Year.

BAR HARBOR — A surgeon at Mount Desert Island Hospital whose humanitarian work includes providing surgical services to disadvantaged, underserved South American populations, has been selected as this year’s Maine Hospital Association Caregiver of the Year.

Charlie Hendricks, MD, of Seal Harbor, chief of surgery at the hospital, exemplifies MDI Hospital’s core values of compassion, community, improvement, integrity, respect and teamwork, according to the nomination sent in by Arthur Blank, the hospital CEO.

Dr. Hendricks received the award at a meeting in Rockport Wednesday evening.

“Charlie Hendricks always finds time for needed consultations, procedures and surgeries,” said Edward Gilmore, MD.

“He frequently practices after hours and on weekends to provide timely, needed care for patients.”

Dr. Hendricks established the Hancock County Medical Mission in 1989 to provide surgical services in South America. For the past 25 years, he has used personal time to travel there to perform surgery. His humanitarian work has inspired countless area medical professionals and others in the community to donate their time to his cause.

He also founded a scholarship program that funds the medical mission trip for high school students throughout Hancock County.

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