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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Spring Harbor marked the
10th anniversary by recognizing its volunteer Board of
Trustees, many of whom have served from the
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."
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