May 5, 2004
Local nonprofit benefits from Nurses Week gift
Spring Harbor nurses donate $1,000 to local teen program
Adolescent girls who seek refuge at the Greater Portland YWCA’s Fair Harbor Residence may not know it, but their programming just got a boost, thanks to a $1,000 donation from the nurses of Spring Harbor Hospital.
Spring Harbor, the new nonprofit psychiatric hospital and chemical-abuse recovery center in Westbrook, intended to use the money to honor its 130 nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6 through 12. When hospital administrators asked how the nurses would like to be recognized, a committee of nurse representatives voted to donate the money to a local nonprofit that serves the same population as the Westbrook hospital.
“I think this is a wonderful testament to the quality and compassion of our nursing staff,” says the hospital’s chief clinical & nursing officer, Mary Jane Krebs. “They are not only committed to high-quality patient care here within our hospital, but also to recognizing the work of agencies that treat our patients once they return to the community.”
The Fair Harbor Residence serves some of the area’s most troubled young women. The program provides both treatment and a temporary refuge for adolescents affected by neglect, physical or sexual abuse, substance abuse, psychiatric illness, or family dysfunction. Located at 555 Cumberland Avenue in Portland, Fair Harbor Residence is one of the few residential programs accepting adolescents with these complex issues. Teens stay an average of 6 to 9 months before transitioning back to healthy families or appropriate residential settings in the community.
Paula Valente, executive director of the YWCA in Greater Portland, says the gift from Spring Harbor’s nurses is special. “A donation made under these circumstances is truly a joy to receive,” she says. “We appreciate the generosity of Spring Harbor and its nurses, and we thank them on behalf of the troubled young women and families we serve each year.”
Spring Harbor’s nurses will present their gift to Valente at the hospital on Wednesday, May 12, at 2:30PM. Photo opportunities are available at that time.
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