Mount Desert Island Hospital proudly presents the memorial dedication and ribbon cutting of the Lani K. Naihe & Luzvie E. Estacio Memorial MRI Wing on Friday, July 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The new, state-of-the-art unit is named in memory of two beloved hospital colleagues who were lost last year to glioblastoma. In honor of Lani and Luzvie, more than 130 MDI Hospital employees contributed $42,596 in support of the project.

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"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, MDI Hospital President/CEO. "Both of these amazing women made possible the innovative, compassionate care that is provided to MDI Hospital patients and the island community every day."

Luzvie was born in the Philippines and graduated from Cebu Doctors' University in March of 1986 with a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology. In 2003 Luzvie earned her certification as a Medical Technologist with American Medical Technologists.

Luzvie worked overnights in the MDI Hospital Laboratory, Monday - Thursday and then evenings at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Friday - Sunday. Working 7 days a week for many years, she was committed to making a good life for her family on Mount Desert Island, a place she became very fond of.

Lani was born on January 19, 1980. She was a graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School, class of 1998, and the University of Maine, class of 2002, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

She was a people magnet, easily drawing people in with her beautiful smile and easy manner. Her ability to communicate ,as well as her commitment to Philanthropy made her well suited for her outstanding career as Director of Advancement at Mount Desert Island Hospital.

This addition of this state-of-the-art MRI puts advanced, lifesaving technology within reach for the Downeast region. Among a multitude of essential imaging capabilities, MRI is incredibly important for the detection of cancers, including brain cancers. The new unit also expands MDI Hospital's range of diagnostic capabilities, which now include prostate, TMJ, abdomen, pelvis, dynamic liver and thoracic.

The hospital broke ground on the project in 2021, with first patients seen last fall. Installation of the Philips Ingenia Ambition MRI system-one of Maine's most advanced MRI units-advances MDI Hospital's proud legacy of providing the highest-quality diagnostics and healthcare for residents of eastern Maine.

You may have remembered the saga of the MRI being transported to Bar Harbor, as it was stuck numerous times. It was stuck on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on July 14, 2021

Photo Jason Goucher
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And then again the next day in Northeast Harbor.

MRI Unit Stuck at Asticou Inn July 15, 2021 Photo Chris Popper
MRI Unit Stuck at Asticou Inn July 15, 2021 Photo Chris Popper
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Finally it arrived and the Truck Driver Mike Saxton was hailed as a local hero!

Chrissi Maguire and Mike Saxton Photo MDI Hospital
Chrissi Maguire and Mike Saxton Photo MDI Hospital
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Numerous generous funders joined together to help fund the new unit, including again, more than 130 MDI Hospital employees who contributed $42,596 in support of the project. Major donors include 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.

Due to COVID-19 precautions in place in the MRI Wing, event attendance will be limited. Those interested in learning more may contact media@mdihospital.org.