Robert Levin

New Women’s Health Center is Fully Funded

Robert Levin
Television producer Dick Wolf addresses a gathering outside the Women’s Health Center in Bar Harbor on Tuesday. Thanks to donations from the Stewart family, and Mr. Wolfe and his wife Noelle, construction on a new, $1.3-million center will begin this winter.

BAR HARBOR — Construction of Mount Desert Island Hospital’s new Women’s Health Center will begin as soon as January, 2013, hospital officials announced Tuesday. Thanks to major gifts from two prominent MDI summer families, funding for the $1.3 million project is now complete some four months ahead of schedule.

The Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center will be named after Lisa Stewart, a long-time summer resident who passed away in 2010 at the age of 52. Funding for construction will be provided in part by the Stewart family of Mount Desert, and Dick and Noelle Wolf, also of Mount Desert.

“The Stewart’s support will strengthen women’s health throughout our community…and serve as a permanent tribute to Lisa’s memory, hospital president and CEO Art Blank said at a press conference outside of the current Women’s Health Center on Wayman Lane Tuesday morning.

Mr. Wolf, who is the executive producer of the popular “Law and Order” television franchise, spoke highly of the level of care and service available at MDI Hospital.

“The hospital has an incredible future,” Mr. Wolf “You’re getting the quality of care here that is really world class. I’ve been coming here for almost 50 years, and in the old days, you didn’t want to come to MDI [hospital]. Now, that has all changed.”

The center will be built on the site of the former Cadillac Medical Building addition on Main Street. The hospital acquired the property in 2011 with a gift from Ruth and Tristram Colket of Bar Harbor. Architectural details are being finalized, and construction bids being solicited, with an expected completion date of late fall 2013.

The center’s current location on Wayman Lane opened in 1993 in a renovated private home. The new center is to retain the comfort and cozy character of the current space, while adding the latest standards in medical technology, additional exam rooms and conference space.

Linda Robinson, the co-chair of the campaign committee, led off Tuesday’s press conference by celebrating completion of fundraising months ahead of schedule.

“We had an incredible team and an incredible outpouring, and so many people did so much to make this happen,” she said.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]