grant-funded passenger van puts patients of the
Development Disorders Treatment Program on the road
--Youth served by the Developmental Disorders
Treatment Program within the Glickman Family Center for
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Spring Harbor
Hospital have a reliable new means of participating in
community activities, such as therapeutic swimming and
horseback riding, as well as attending offsite medical
appointments and skill-building programs. It's all
thanks to a new 12-passenger handicap-accessible van
week with funding from
the Davis Family Foundation of Falmouth,
the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation of
Portland, and the Maine Charity Fund, a fund
of the Maine Community Foundation in Ellsworth.
Though most of the program's
therapy is provided at
Spring Harbor's campus in Westbrook, community
visits are also a critical component
of a patient's treatment and recovery from illness.
That's where the handicap-accessible van comes in.
"The new vehicle provides a safe
and convenient means of transporting patients to
appropriate therapies," said Spring Harbor Hospital
Chief Nursing and Clinical Officer Mary Jane Krebs,
APRN, BC. "It also allows youth to make brief visits
back home or to
the residential treatment setting
where they will live after discharge
from the hospital. Since transitions are
typically challenging for these kids, the brief visits
help them successfully readjust to community living."
Equipped with warranty, Stabilitrak,
and air bags, the van is
a 2006 GMC Express 12-passenger vehicle with white
exterior and tinted windows for passenger privacy.
the Davis Family Foundation ($12,500), Frances
Hollis Brain Foundation ($5,000), and Maine
Charity Fund ($5,000) provided $22,500 to Spring Harbor
for the purchase of the special-purpose van.
"On behalf of these children and
their families, Spring Harbor extends its deepest
appreciation to these local funders," Krebs said. "The
van will make an incredible difference in terms of
treatment, recovery, and reunifying these youth with
: Gail Wilkerson, Chief Planning
and Development Officer, 207-761-2292