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July 15, 2022

Mount Desert Island Hospital cuts ribbon on new $3.5M MRI wing

people window mri machine Courtesy / Mount Desert Island Hospital Installation of the new MRI aims to better serve the downeast region.

Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor cut the ribbon last week on a wing that houses a new magnetic resonance imaging unit.

The total cost of the project was $3.5 million.

Construction was funded through a mix of donor and community support and other funding sources such as bonds, the hospital said in a news release.

The hospital broke ground on the project in 2021, with first patients seen last fall. 

The new MRI unit expands the hospital’s range of diagnostic imaging capabilities, which now include prostate, abdomen, pelvis, liver and other types of scans.

MRI is a medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body.

The Lani K. Naihe & Luzvie E. Estacio Memorial MRI Wing is named in memory of two hospital colleagues who were lost last year to glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer.

“In each of their careers at MDI Hospital, Lani and Luzvie made a tremendous impact on the lives of everyone they encountered, fully embodying each of the hospital’s values,” said Chrissi Maguire, the hospital’s president and CEO. 

people sitting and building
Courtesy / Mount Desert Island Hospital
MDI Hospital President and CEO Chrissi Maguire, at the podium, said the new MRI system is one of Maine’s most advanced.

The state-of-the-art unit has a wide variety of imaging capabilities, including the detection of cancers. 

More than 130 employees contributed $42,596 to support the project.

Other donors included Dick Wolf, the Davis Family Foundation, First National Bank, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Winthrop, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Bangor Savings Bank, Donna Karlson and Arthur Greif, Art and Debi Blank, Chrissi Maguire and Dr. Robert Weiss.

The wing is part of an overall upgrade in the works. Mount Desert Island Hospital is in the early stages of a planning what is expected to be a $30 million renovation of its aging facility in Bar Harbor.

The project aims to address infrastructure and long-term capacity needs at the 25-bed critical access hospital. Top priorities are renovation and expansion of the emergency department, expansion of the surgical services area and the addition of a new entrance to the hospital campus from Main Street. Construction is expected to begin in five years.

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