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Strength of the System

We are proud to be part of MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations.


Spring Harbor Hospital (SHH) is part of Maine Behavioral Healthcare and the MaineHealth system of care. Set on 50 private acres, SHH is southern Maine's only private psychiatric treatment and recovery center. Our inpatient programs for youth and adults provide hope for those who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders such as substance use disorder. Our close partnership with Maine Medical Center allows us to offer the most complete array of psychiatric treatment, physician-training and medical-research programs north of Boston. Our mission is to provide a seamless and compassionate continuum of care through a community of providers collaborating to promote recovery and the overall mental and physical well-being of those we are privileged to serve.

Our programs and team members are the proud recipients of a number of local, regional and national awards of excellence.

The Joint Commission "Top Performer" Accreditation

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets the standards by which health care quality is measured in America and around the world. In 2015, Spring Harbor Hospital was recognized in The Joint Commission America's Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety report for attaining and sustaining excellence in performance. The Joint Commission's Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measure performance. Out of the 10 hospitals recognized in Maine as top performers, Spring Harbor Hospital was the only one recognized for psychiatric measures.  

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Spring Harbor Hospital also received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. To maintain and earn accreditation, organizations must have an extensive on-site review by a team of Joint Commission  professionals at least once every three years. The purpose of the review is to evaluate the organization’s performance in areas that affect patient care. Accreditation is awarded based on how well an organization meets The Joint Commission standards. Safety and care quality are top priorities for Spring Harbor Hospital. If you have a concern about the safety or quality of care provided by Spring Harbor Hospital, you have the right to contact The Joint Commission toll free at 800-994-6610.

Additional Awards

  • 2012: Dr. Bruce Chemelski, Senior Psychologist in the hospital's Developmental Disorders Program, was named Special Education Therapist of the Year for 2012 by MADSEC Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities.
  • 2008: Anne Pringle, Board member, was named Volunteer of the Year by Maine Governor John Baldacci
  • 2008: Joseph Pastore, Director of Nutritional Services, wins Future Horizons Award from theNational Society of Healthcare Foodservice Management (HFM)
  • $324,000 grant from theMaine Health Access Foundation to continue the hospital's pilot program to integrate mental health treatment within primary care settings in Maine.
  • $15,000 grant from The Sadie and Harry Davis Foundation to research outcomes of Spring Harbor's intensive community treatment program serving youth and families of Greater Portland.
  • $12 million grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for dissemination of research to identify and prevent serious mental illness in youth
  • $1 million donation from Judy and Al Glickman of Cape Elizabeth to establish theGlickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Spring Harbor Hospital
  • Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals (Maine Medical Center)
  • Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval (Spring Harbor Hospital, Spring Harbor Counseling, and Maine Medical Center)
  • Healthcare Leaders national finalist for Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare competition (executive management team)
  • Warren Williams Assembly Speakers Award from the American Psychiatric Association (William McFarlane, M.D., director of psychiatric research)
  • GAINS Center National Achievement Award for involvement in the Cumberland County Jail Diversion Grant Program (the ACCESS assertive community treatment team for adults)
  • Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry’s Chairman Elkes Award for Innovation in Mental Health Services (Betty Jarratt, Maine Medical Center Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison Service)

Spring Harbor Hospital was established in 1999 when Maine Medical Center purchased the for-profit Jackson Brook Institute psychiatric hospital and its affiliated Smith House Counseling Centers. In October 2001, Spring Harbor became the freestanding, nonprofit mental health hospital of MaineHealth, the integrated healthcare delivery system for southern, central, and western Maine.

Today, Spring Harbor plays both a regional and local role in mental health care in Maine. As a division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Spring Harbor is clinically integrated with mental health providers, hospitals and primary care sites to ensure easy and timely access to treatment and safe and effective transitions between services for individuals throughout Maine. On a local level, Spring Harbor fulfills its mission as southern Maine's comprehensive provider of inpatient services for individuals experiencing mental illness and dual disorders concerns.

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