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The Heart of Nursing - Spring Harbor Nursing Staff Celebrate National Nurses Week by Giving to Community 

April 26, 2010-Nurses from Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, Maine recently presented a check for $1,000 to leadership of the Center for Grieving Children in Portland. The gift is part of an annual tradition by the hospital's nursing staff to show support for the community in honor of National Nurses Week, which this year runs May 4 through 12.

Each year, nurses from the hospital's Patient Care Committee select a local nonprofit agency as a beneficiary of their gift. The money for the donation comes from the nursing staff's appreciation fund at Spring Harbor. The Center for Grieving Children was chosen as this year's beneficiary for its work in fostering the resiliency and emotional and mental well-being of children and families.

"We're proud of our nurses for recognizing community needs through these generous annual donations," said Mary Jane Krebs, Chief Clinical & Nursing Officer. "As an integral part of Spring Harbor's treatment team, our nurses help make a tremendous difference to both those in our care and those in our community."

Spring Harbor employs 132 nurses and is southern Maine's only nonprofit hospital devoted to serving individuals who experience serious mental illness or co-occurring substance-use disorders. The hospital is a member of Maine Mental Health Partners, a subsidiary of MaineHealth whose mission is to build and sustain an integrated network of high-quality mental health treatment providers and services in the state's southernmost 11 counties.

"I am delighted to receive this check on behalf of The Center for Grieving Children - we greatly appreciate the support from our friends at Spring Harbor. Without private support from committed friends like these our work could not continue," said Patrick Veroneau, Board President at The Center.

The award winning Center for Grieving Children's mission is to provide loving support to grieving children, teens, families and the community through peer support, outreach and education. The Center has served thousands of Maine children and adults since 1988 through its four major programs - Bereavement Peer Support, Tender Living Care for families facing serious illness, Community Outreach and Education, and the Multicultural Peer Support Program, providing collaborative programs with Portland Public Schools for children from war-torn countries.

For more information please call The Center for Grieving Children at (207) 775-5216 or visit our website -


Mary Jane Krebs (front row, far left), Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer at Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, is joined by members of her nursing staff as they present a check for $1,000 to Patrick Veroneau (front row, far right), Board President of the Center for Grieving Children in Portland. The donation to a local charity is an annual tradition of the hospital's nursing staff as part of National Nurses Week.

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