Birch Bay is committed to community outreach and education on Mount Desert Island and in the greater Downeast Maine region.
Whether we’re hosting a Dementia Symposium or providing education through our teaching partnerships with MDI Adult Education or MDI Hospital, Birch Bay is a leader in geriatric care education. Birch Bay hires experienced professionals and offers a wide variety of continuing education opportunities for our staff members.
Birch Bay’s community outreach efforts include fundraising for the Eastern Maine Walk to End Alzheimer’s, hosting our annual Golf to End Alzheimer’s fundraiser at Kebo Valley Golf Club, and participating in Island Connections Senior Coffee House program.
Birch Bay regularly hosts community groups for lectures and luncheons including Acadia Senior College, the MDI Rotary Club, Toastmaster’s and the Bar Harbor Garden Club.
Birch Bay’s Learning Institute provides education to area senior service providers and healthcare training for students. Our partnership with the MDI Adult Education program has helped train students as certified nurse’s assistants. Our Dementia Symposium in June 2017, along with partners The Jackson Laboratory and the Alzheimer’s Association-Maine Chapter, featured sessions on “Genetic variants and environmental risks for Alzheimer’s Disease” by researchers from The Jackson Laboratory, “Effective Communication Strategies” from the Alzheimer’s Association, and presentations on Music Therapy.
Birch Bay’s Executive Director, Peter Sullivan, MBA, RN-BC is board-certified in Gerontological Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the country’s leading agency in nurse certification. Peter has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare including; acute care, long-term care, managed care, and healthcare administration. Peter came to Birch Bay Retirement Village because of his love for working with adults in all stages of the aging process, as well as a desire to provide education and support to individuals and families on Mount Desert Island. As part of Birch Bay’s commitment to the community, Peter facilitates Caregiver Support Groups and teaches community education classes for adults interested in better understanding and managing their own health.
As with physicians, board certification is the “gold standard” of quality for nursing, and recognizes a high level of knowledge, skill, and professional achievement in a nursing specialty. Board-certified nurses have been shown to have a significant impact on quality of care, yet, only 1 percent of the nation’s RNs are now certified in gerontological nursing. Facilities with board-certified nursing staff, like Birch Bay, set themselves apart as those that are committed to protecting the public and ensuring the highest standard of care for their residents. Birch Bay is proud of Peter’s distinction.