Expanding Hospital Services to Sanford
Last year we kicked off an exciting collaborative project with Southern Maine Health Care to better meet the behavioral health needs of the York county area. The plan includes the establishment of two short-stay, inpatient behavioral health care units. Opened in the fall of 2020, the new units are located at Southern Maine Health Care’s Sanford hospital and will be managed by Maine Behavioral Healthcare. This will allow integration with our outpatient and residential services already serving that region.
According to the CDC more than 115,000 Mainers are receiving behavioral health services today and more than 40,000 for acute care but we know that the need is even greater. We also continue to be aware of the alarming increase in the suicide rate, which is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 15-24. Combined with an increased number of patients seen in emergency rooms for behavioral health conditions we know that these units are critical to the region.
During a kick-off celebration last fall, Spring Harbor Hospital President Mary Jane Krebs said, “Our goal is to provide patients who have co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders with the best care possible in the most healing environment.”