Bar Harbor, Maine (September 7, 2021) - Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has pledged a $60,000 gift to support Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Fixed-Place MRI Campaign, which will fund the hospital’s first-ever fixed-place magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system. The campaign is also funding the construction of an addition to the hospital to house the new MRI system.
“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has called Mount Desert Island home for more than 130 years, and we believe that a caring community is one where neighbors look out for each other,” said Curtis C. Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. “We are honored to partner with MDI Hospital on the acquisition of the new MRI system and proud to make an investment in the wellness of our friends, family, and neighbors.”
For the past two decades, MDI Hospital has used a leased, mobile MRI trailer in the parking lot to provide MRI services to island residents and visitors. The MRI system inside the trailer is compact to fit the space, which made it difficult to accommodate larger patients or patients suffering from claustrophobia. Transporting patients, especially elderly patients, to and from the hospital to the MRI trailer also proved challenging.
The money raised by the Fixed-Place MRI Campaign replaces the mobile setup with a Philips Ingenia Ambition MRI system that is housed within the hospital’s new construction. The new system is a “wide-bore” 70-inch scanner that provides more room and comfort for scanning patients. The new system is also more technologically advanced than the mobile setup and will deliver shorter scan times and better image quality. In addition, the Philips MRI system gives MDI Hospital new diagnostic capabilities including scans including prostrate, TMJ, pelvis, and abdomen.
“Taking care of our community and providing access to innovative care close to home is always our focus,” said Christina J. Maguire, President and CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital. “I am deeply appreciative of your support now and in the future.”
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE American: BHB) is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Operating over 50 locations across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine and has more than $3.6 billion in assets. As a leading Northern New England community bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust offers a full range of personal and business banking services, as well as wealth management services through its subsidiaries Bar Harbor Trust Services and Charter Trust Company. For more information about Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, visit www.barharbor.bank or call 888-853-7100. Member FDIC.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust pledges $60,000 to support Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Image Matters Capital Campaign. Pictured from left to right: Chrissi Maguire, President of Mount Desert Island Hospital; Lisa Parsons, Senior Vice President and Regional Market Manager for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; and Curtis Simard, President and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.