MDI Hospital launches podcast

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island Hospital announced the launch of a podcast series, “Island Health,” that will explore health and wellness in the MDI region.

“We really wanted to dig into the nuts and bolts of health care here on MDI,” said Oka Hutchins, communications manager for MDI Hospital and one of the hosts of the podcast. “The idea for Island Health began with us wanting to explore what services are available, how certain specialties work, and how our community organizations come together to support health and wellness here.”

Episode one features a conversation with Dr. Mark Kandutsch on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, a regenerative therapy technique that uses patients’ own platelets to heal torn joints and ligaments.

In episode two, Dr. Kandutsch talks with PRP patient Robin Clarke, a marathon runner who received PRP treatment on her knee in 2016.

Episode three features a discussion with board-certified music therapist Melissa Violette, who helps participants process grief and loss, cope with anger, manage stress and build self-esteem and self-awareness through music.

The first three episodes of “Island Health” are available now. Visit


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