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Spring Harbor Hospital & Maine Medical Center to share Chief of Psychiatry

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Gail Wilkerson
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer
Spring Harbor Hospital
(207) 761-2292

Wayne Clark
AVP of Communications & Marketing
Maine Medical Center
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(January 14, 2003) — Spring Harbor Hospital and Maine Medical Center (MMC) last month announced that Girard E. Robinson, MD, has been named Chief of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer of Spring Harbor Hospital, southern Maine's only freestanding psychiatric hospital. In this new, consolidated role, Robinson assumes medical oversight of all programs within the Spring Harbor & MMC network of mental health services.

Robinson has served as Chief Medical Officer for Spring Harbor Hospital & Counseling for more than 3 years. He also was Interim Chief of Psychiatry at MMC for the past year. A graduate of the psychiatric residency and child fellowship programs at New York Hospital's Payne Whitney Clinic, Robinson previously was Medical Director of the psychiatric inpatient unit at MMC.

The naming of a single physician to oversee the psychiatric programs of both hospitals is in keeping with the strategic direction of Spring Harbor and the MMC Department of Psychiatry. The two organizations—both members of MaineHealth, the integrated healthcare delivery system of southern Maine—have been working collaboratively to better serve patients with mental illness and dual disorders since the spring of 1999. All told, the network resulting from this collaboration offers more than one dozen mental health programs for people of all ages and income levels in southern Maine.

"A single chief of psychiatry for both systems allows us to better coordinate mental health care for patients served by Spring Harbor and Maine Medical Center," said Spring Harbor CEO Dennis King. "The goal is for psychiatric treatment to be consistent and easily accessible across our inpatient and outpatient programs."

Spring Harbor and Maine Medical Center already share a single point of entry into their network of mental health services. Those interested in receiving treatment contact the network's Assistance and Referral Centralized Services (ARCS) at 1-866-857-6644 for confidential information or referral to the mental health programs of the two hospitals.

At Maine Medical Center, Robinson succeeds William McFarlane, MD, as Chief of Psychiatry. McFarlane—an internationally recognized researcher—now serves as MMC's Director of Psychiatric Research.

A native of New York State, Robinson currently resides in Cumberland, Maine.

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