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Tanis and Joey James


Thank you so very much for all of the professional assistance you have provided over the many years for my Mom. Not only were your services professional but they were performed efficiently and with much love and care. Notwithstanding all that you did for Mom we can’t thank you enough for the support you provided for Tanis and me. You were always there to listen, help and put in the extra effort. Neither of us were prepared or trained for what the final end presented. My Mom was a wonderful lady, very determined in her elderly years. At times this was a wonderment and at times a hurdle. As hard as everyone tried, Mom could resist. And yet you all never gave up… Thank you, thank you. My wife Tanis was more involved than I and not a day would pass without her praise and thankfulness for your non-judgmental support. We live in a small community that has very limited resources and your is certainly one of great value and necessity. May many others receive your gift!!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Marilyn Damon

Marilyn Damon

Marilyn Damon

MDNA nurses have visited and taken care of my mother for over 8 years. This in-home nursing care has been has been an incredible service to me and my family. As the primary care-giver among my siblings, it has meant so much to me to have professional nurses assess and assist my mother. and provide resources for me. The professional skills of these nurses, Emma and Theo, and their regular weekly visit to my mother have meant that potential problems have been recognized before they became emergencies. In the office, my questions have been answered by another nurse, Anne, and I have been helped in finding resources for my mother. Their presence and availability takes such a weight off my shoulders. Through the efforts of the MDNA nurses, my mother, at age 95, is still able to live at home, and I have the reassurance that she is being monitored and cared for on a regular schedule of visits, with extra visits as needed. My mother looks forward to these visits, and has great faith and trust in Emma and Theo. The Mount Desert Nursing Association is a real town treasure. I cannot imagine what I, or the residents of Mount desert, would do without the nursing care, concern and knowledge provided by these wonderful nurses and this outstanding organization.

Ann Graves

Ann Graves Paine

Ann Graves Paine

Helping my elderly parents stay in their own home is no easy task. Living nearby allows me to check on them, but we couldn’t do it without the Mount Desert Nursing Association. At least once a week, Theo or Emma visit my parents and do a full physical and emotional assessment, which includes heart, lungs, nutrition, weight, intestinal and urinary tracts, skin, foot care and setting up their medications for the week. They also monitor the side effects of their medications, and contact the doctor and other essential community resources when necessary. For me it is another set of eyes. The nurses can pick up on something I may not have noticed. I get feedback from Emma and Theo about my parents’ health. They tell us when to pick up prescriptions and I also have their support and counsel when days are overwhelming. The nurses are there to listen to me and help in any way they can. The nurses come to my parents’ house with a smile and a hug. Mom and dad look forward to their visits. What would we do without our nurses from MDNA?

Pat Bishop

Pat and Theo

Pat and Theo

We would like to commend the Mount Desert Nursing Association. Patricia recently had major surgery at the MDI hospital. We returned home needing to attend daily to her incision as it healed completely. Theo Hinckley, RN from the (MD) Nurses Association visited us each week. The visits by an experienced nursing professional were very helpful and gave us confidence that all was progressing well. We are fortunate to have this service in Mount Desert and people who could benefit from this wonderful service should use it. In the past we have made modest donations to the privately funded Nursing Association. Had we known just how much value this organization adds to our community our contributions would have much more generous. We encourage people to learn more about the Mount Desert Nursing Association and to support them with your contributions.

Charlie and Pat Bishop
26 Tennis Club Road
Northeast Harbor

MDNA Golf Card

2017 Stethoscope Open Golf Tournament and Picnic

A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who volunteered to make our Inaugural Golf Tournament a success!!!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!!

Tournament Sponsors

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
First National Bank
Darling’s Auto Mall
Royal Promotions

Atlantic Brewing Company
FT Brown
LS Robinson Allen Agency
Little Notch Bakery

Maine Point
Lagunitas Brewing Company
The Neighborhood House

Hole Sponsors

Kathy & John Adams—
in Memory of Ruth Jordan
ArborGreen Tree Service
Ariana Rockefeller Designs
Artful Designs Hair Care—
in Honor of Emma Lansing
Bar Harbor Golf Course
Bar Harbor Savings & Loan
B.C.M. Construction Inc.
Judy Benson—in Memory of AFG
Judy Benson—in Memory of AGG
Bright side Boat, Inc.
Lela Cannon—in Memory of Harlie Smith
Carisa’s Salon
Carroll Drug Store
Carroll Harper & Associates Inc.
C.E. Bucklin & Sons, Inc.
The Chart Room
Christopher Smith Galleries
Coastal Computers, LLC (2)
Coastal Energy
Connectivity Works
Coston & McIsaac, CPAs
Joanne & Marshall Eaton—
in Memory of Lawrie Eaton
Susan & Ralph Erickson—
in Memory of Dr. David Reiber
Falt Builders
Feather Light Logging
G & G Electric, Inc.
Mazzie Gogolak—
in Memory of Tricie & David Scull
Julie Havener—in Memory of Phillip Havener
Haynes Brothers Carpentry
Haynes Garage Inc.
Henry R. Abel & Co.
Horton, McFarland & Veysey, CPAs
James A. Nolan Electrical Contractor
Jordan-Fernald Funeral Homes
Kimball Terrace Inn
The Knowles Company
Lagunitas Brewing Company
LE Norwood & Sons Inc.
McEachern & Hutchins, Inc.
MDI Tree Service (2)
Merchant, Needham & Associates
Milk & Honey Kitchen
Moseley Cottage Inn
Northeast Harbor Masonic Lodge #208
Parsons’ Lobster
Pine Tree Market
Quimby House Inn & Spa
The Quit Company, LLC
Robert M. Graves Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Salsbury’s Organics
Savage Forest Enterprise, Inc.
Sawyer’s Specialties/Sips (2)
Side Street Café
S.R. Tracy Painting Contractor & Paint Shop
Star Gallery
The Thirsty Whale
Town Hill Market
Tracy Alley Paint Shop
The Upper Deck
West End Drug Co.
Wikhegan Old Books (2)

Beal’s Lobster Pier
Dean Barrett
Mike Kelley
Troy Lewis
Chris Moore
Steve Philbrook


Welcome New Staff

Elise O'Neil, RN Nurse Director

Elise O’Neil, RN Nurse Director

Please welcome our new Nurse Administrator, Elise O’Neil, BSN, RN and Office Manager, Heather Lewis

MDNA’s Board of Directors is excited to announce that Elise O’Neil R.N. has been hired as of December 5th, 2016 as the in-home nursing care agency’s Nurse Administrator. She joins Heather Lewis, MDNA’s Office Manager who came to MDNA this past spring to lead the organization as it pursues Medicare (and other insurance credentialing) accreditation.

Heather Lewis, Office Manager

Heather Lewis, Office Manager

“This is a great time for MDNA as we transition from a purely private service to a public/private agency that will be able to serve many more patients while maintaining the caring character and professional service that is our trademark. These two competent administrators are like a ‘Dream Team’ and we feel lucky to have them at MDNA,” said Board Chairman Rick Fuerst. Elise and Heather come to MDNA from Community Health Center in Southwest Harbor (

part of the MDI Hospital system) where Elise was an RN Care Manager and Heather was the Office Manager. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge about healthcare in a community setting as well as program development for overall wellness.