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  Spring Harbor Hospital News

For Immediate Release
Gail Wilkerson
Spring Harbor Hospital receives $51K telemedicine grant
WESTBROOK, ME (September 9, 2008)--Spring Harbor Hospital, southern Maine's only nonprofit psychiatric treatment network, has received a $51,000 Rural Development grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The grant will enable Spring Harbor to purchase televideo equipment with which physicians will deliver psychiatry consultation services to remote Maine communities.
Spring Harbor Business Development Manager Lyn Suggs, LCSW, (pictured below, third from left) was on hand to accept the award during ceremonies held September 4 at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport.  
Citing Maine's dearth of psychiatrists, Spring Harbor's grant application outlined its plan to provide confidential mental health consultation to several rural Maine emergency departments and primary care offices.  Among the towns to benefit from Spring Harbor's provision of so-called "telemedicine" services are Boothbay, Damariscotta, and Norway.
According to USDA officials, this is the first time in Maine that a Rural Development grant has funded the provision of mental health services via telemedicine.
"We are grateful for this award," said Spring Harbor CEO Dennis P. King.  "We look forward to using this technology to deliver mental health services as close as possible to each person's home."
Through locations across Greater Portland and agreements with providers statewide, Spring Harbor Hospital delivers the region's most complete nonprofit mental health treatment, training, and research programs.  To learn more, call 207-761-2200 or visit

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