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  Spring Harbor Hospital News

New grant-funded passenger van puts patients of the
Development Disorders Treatment Program on the road to recovery!

(May 16, 2007) --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 purchased this 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 intensive 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.

Together, 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 their families."  

For more information : Gail Wilkerson, Chief Planning and Development Officer, 207-761-2292

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