Island Elder Care Conference a Success

Island Health Director Sharon Daley, RN hosted another successful elder care conference to network with like-minded groups and individuals on ways to improve care for the elderly among Maine’s unbridged island communities.

What follows is a summary and two photos of the conference participants from Sharon Daley’s assistant, Margaret Snell. More details to follow.

Margaret Snell
Thu 10/26/2017 2:04 PM

Hello –

Here are some initial details about the conference. I will write up more later after I have gone through evaluations.

Who: Eleven island communities including: Cranberry Isles, Isle au Haut, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Matinicus, Islesboro, Chebeague, Long Island, Peaks Island, Cliff Island along with Indian Island.

Four representatives from State agencies.

What: Island Eldercare conference, bringing together those invovled in elder care on Maine’s coastal Island, and Indian Island to discuss challenges, learn about resources, make action plans.

When: October 24-25

Where: McNeil’s on Islesboro

Attached are a couple of pictures. The group is front row (l-r): Cheryl Crowley, Maddy Gates, Bonnie Hughes. Second row: Peggy Akers, Christina Noyes, Beatrice Bryne, Margaret Snell, Alison Richardson, Vicki Todd. Back Row Stefanie Alley, Marge Powers, Kathi Lovell, Robyn Sockbeson, Mikki Amers, Amy Tierney, Sharon Daley, Maura Michael, Amy Rick, Mary Terry, Beth Marcheson.


Sunbeam V Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Oct 31-Nov 2

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled to visit Frenchboro, Matinicus, and Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

Island Health Director Attends National Telemedicine Showcase

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BAR HARBOR, Me — Mission Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN took a few days, while the Sunbeam V is in dry dock, to attend the Third National Telemedicine and Telehealth Service Provider Showcase in Phoenix, AZ. The two full-day convention (Oct. 2-3), according to the event program, “focuses on building partnerships to bring high quality telemedicine- and telehealth-enabled medical speciality services directly into hospitals, clinics, private practices, and patient homes.”

Director Sharon Daley said, “To improve what we do, I wanted to see the newest technology, and what others are doing in the field. It is amazing what technology can and will do. Also, it’s gratifying to know the Mission is at the forefront with offering telemedicine.”

Captain’s Report: If Weather Holds, ‘Sunbeam V’ Should Relaunch Oct. 12

Sunbeam V Captain Michael Johnson sent these photos and update on the morning of September 29, 2017.

STONINGTON, ME — This is about the mid-way point for Sunbeam V dry dock. Take a look at the photos. The first photo shows one of several areas of rust under the flooring being repaired. The second is the replacement of the foggy pilot house window. The third is a random exterior shot. The fourth photo is the old leaking grey water tank being replaced. The fifth is Sunbeam V engineer Storey King’s dryer duct cleaning project — which was more extensive than expected. The final photo is the dismantled Sunbeam V hallway where the grey water tank is located.

Everything is going reasonably well with the exception of more extensive rust found on the hull under the grey water tank. That rust is being assessed/addressed early next week.

As long as the weather holds, we should launch as scheduled on October 12th.

New Radar for Sunbeam V

Photo by Captain Michael Johnson

NORTHEAST HARBOR, Me — This is a photo of the Sunbeam V bridge. Our complement of electronic navigation equipment includes the following:

1) A chart plotter which presents a digitized copy of a marine chart into which our GPS location is inputted and plotted.

2) A depth sounder which shows the depth of the water beneath our keel and gives a general contour of bottom characteristics.

3) A primary radar (radar#1) which is a large commercial grade radar that presents surrounding “targets” on a large screen allowing for safe navigation in low visibility conditions such as fog and/or darkness.

4) A second smaller radar (radar#2) which is partially for redundancy and as a short range unit to keep track of “targets” that are difficult to discern on the larger radar.

Radar #2 is the piece of equipment that I am replacing.

It is over 10 years old. Radar technology has improved tremendously. Do you own a flat panel t.v.? Think of how much LCD screen technology has imrpoved.

The resolution of the older radar screen is marginal and can cause distortion of smaller targets such as boats and bouys. A newer unit is much more crisp, with a zoom feature allowing the user to focus on a particular area of interest.

The other big improvement is advancement of what we call “hybrid” units that combine a chart plotter with a radar. This gives the user a feature called overlay that can project the radar image on top of the navigational chart. This can clear up a lot of doubt about radar targets without measuring the distance and range manually to determine if a target is say, a boat or a navigational aid.

Another plus of the new unit is Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology. AIS is essentially the marine equivalent of an airplane transponder which broadcasts ship information for other captains to use. The Sunbeam V’s position will be presented on a screen of other similarly equipped ships, and their information will be presented on our new unit.

Michael Johnson
Captain, Sunbeam V

Sunbeam V in Dry Dock Through Mid-October

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STONINGTON, Me — The Mission’s 74-foot steel-hulled Sunbeam V is hauled in annually to keep ahead of its structural integrity and cosmetics. Think of it as the boat’s annual physical. While in dry dock last year the Sunbeam V had a new bow thruster installed, giving the boat better sideways motion when approach certain harbors and docks.

Generally the dry docked Sunbeam V has its paint — top and bottom — renewed. Any rust developed anywhere since last year is sanded and painted. The overhaul work is done or supervised by Captain Michael Johnson and Engineer Storey King.

Island Health director Sharon Daley, and Island Outreach director Douglas Cornman continue their island community work, traveling on other boats, ferries, and planes.

Birch Bay Retirement Village Group Meets Sunbeam V Crew

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — The Sunbeam and crew took a group from Birch Bay Retirement Village on a cruise along Somes Sound this afternoon. Though it wasn’t the sunniest of days, our guests still had a wonderful time on the water, feasting on Jillian’s goodies. You can see that Captain Mike had a good time too, photo bombing the group’s “end-of-the-cruise” photo.


Douglas Cornman
Director of Island Outreach
Maine Seacoast Mission – Sunbeam V

Sunbeam V Schedule: Island Telemedicine Visits Sept 12-14

Please check the Sunbeam Island Services Schedule Calendar for any schedule changes due to weather conditions or other considerations.

The Sunbeam V is scheduled to visit Frenchboro, Matinicus, and Isle au Haut.

Questions about Island Health Services and Telemedicine? Please contact Director of Island Health Services Sharon Daley, RN.

For other inquiries about the Sunbeam, contact Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman.

The Importance of Maine Island Aging in Place Elder Homes

BAR HARBOR, ME — Mission Director of Island Health Sharon Daley hosts an annual elder care conference in support of the elder care work taking place on 14 different islands. Three of the larger islands have small aging in place elder homes. Soon there will be an elder home on a fourth island.

These homes allow elders to remain on the islands they love, continuing to be and important part of their communities.

Meanwhile, the small islands learn ways to support their elders and caregivers.

These films from the Maine islands of North Haven and Islesboro show the importantance of these aging in place elder homes to island residents, their families, and the community.

Aging On An Island – Voices from North Haven, Maine
Boardman Cottage

Lighthouse ‘Friends’ from Isle au Haut, Swan’s Island Become Friends
Lighthouse ‘Friends’ from Isle au Haut, Swan’s Island become friends


The friendships were fostered by the outreach work of the Sunbeam, the Maine Seacoast Mission boat that provides services to remote islands.

Last summer, members of the Friends of Isle au Haut Lighthouse traveled to Swan’s Island, courtesy of the Sunbeam, and last month, it was the Swan’s Island lighthouse group that traveled to Isle au Haut.

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