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Grant Will Expand Telemedicine

Spring Harbor Hospital has received a $51,000 Rural Development grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The funding will enable Spring Harbor to purchase televideo equipment with which psychiatrists will deliver consultation services to remote Maine communities.
According to USDA officials, this is the first time that a Rural Development grant has funded the provision of mental health services via telemedicine.  For this reason, Spring Harbor's award was featured in a recent issue of MaineBiz.
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 "telepsychiatry" services are Boothbay, Damariscotta, and Norway. Spring Harbor already provides telepsychiatry services to Mount Desert Island Hospital's mental health clinic and to a primary care site on the Cary Medical Center campus in Caribou.
"We look forward to using this technology to continue delivering mental health services as close as possible to each person's home," says Spring Harbor Chief of Psychiatry Girard Robinson , MD.

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