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Spring Harbor Hospital Announces 10th Anniversary

April 23, 2009-Spring Harbor Hospital, southern Maine's only free-standing acute psychiatric hospital has marked its first decade of service to the community.

Spring Harbor Hospital serves as a recovery center for individuals of all ages who experience serious episodes of mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse. The hospital is Maine's only resource for short-term inpatient treatment for youth with both mental illness and developmental disorders.

In 1999, Spring Harbor Hospital was formed as a nonprofit subsidiary of Maine Medical Center when the medical center purchased the license of the bankrupt for-profit Jackson Brook Institute psychiatric hospital and its affiliated Smith House outpatient clinics.

In 2001, Spring Harbor became a direct subsidiary of MaineHealth and adopted the vision  to have Spring Harbor become the psychiatric resource and support for the larger MaineHealth system serving southern, central, and western Maine. At that same time, Spring Harbor contracted to manage Maine Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry.

According to Spring Harbor Chief Medical Officer Dr. Girard E. Robinson, "The relationship with Maine Medical Center has been crucial to our success.  Through our partnership, Spring Harbor has become a teaching hospital for both graduate and undergraduate medical students, which has raised the bar for all staff and makes the recruitment of excellent medical staff more achievable."

Ten years ago the hospital's annual patient admissions stood at 1,300; by the conclusion of the following year, admissions had more than doubled, making Spring Harbor the most-visited psychiatric hospital in Maine. Since its inception in 1999, the hospital has provided inpatient care to nearly 20,000 children, adolescents and adults on their journey toward recovery. Additionally, Spring Harbor provides education and support to patients and their families during the transition back to the community.

"Our primary goal from the beginning was improving access to hospital care for people in need," says Spring Harbor Board Chairman Brian Rines. Toward that end, Spring Harbor has successfully decreased the average length of patient stays from 25 days in 1999 to 10 this year, greatly increasing the number of patients the hospital can serve.

In 2004, Spring Harbor Hospital opened its new state-of-the-art facility in Westbrook.  The new facility features twice as many private rooms, expanded therapeutic space, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, community meeting room space, and residency-training and mental health research facilities.  Designed with patient recovery and safety as uppermost considerations, the hospital reflects comfort, peace, and beauty as it supports those in recovery.

Today, Spring Harbor plays both a local and regional role in mental health care in Maine. First, it serves as a local and regional provider of services, working with individuals, hospitals, and other organizations in the MaineHealth service area to support the delivery and development of mental health services in local communities. Spring Harbor also is southern Maine's comprehensive provider of inpatient services for individuals experiencing mental illness.

With support from Maine Medical Center, Spring Harbor Hospital has grown into a nonprofit, community-owned teaching hospital with far reaching community benefits. In 2009 alone, Spring Harbor provided more than $4,892,000 in community benefits.   This includes care to patients who qualify for participation in the hospital's charity care and indigent care programs, community education programs, health professions education and MaineHealth community programs.
Spring Harbor marked the 10th anniversary by recognizing its volunteer Board of Trustees, many of whom have served from the organization's inception.

Chief executive officer Dennis P. King had special praise for the Spring Harbor Board of Trustees, "Our board is the embodiment of community ownership as they govern our affairs.  Through their leadership and generosity, they have helped Spring Harbor become a leading provider of mental health care. It is a privilege to work with such a remarkable group of people."

King also sang the praises of Spring Harbor's employees saying, "As tempting as it may be to mark our progress as milestones achieved through creation of new programs and buildings, it is the work that our staff does day-in and day-out, that is the real success story. For ten years, they have accepted the challenge -- willingly and compassionately -- to care for thousands of Maine people with some of the greatest mental health needs."

Click here to view Spring Harbor Hospital's organizational timeline

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