2015 Annual Appeal
Spring Harbor Hospital had its 15th anniversary this year and we celebrated by doing what we’ve done for the past decade and a half: providing the individuals and families we serve with timely access to the finest and most appropriate mental health care available, while treating our patients with compassion, dignity and respect.
Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we’ve always been the region’s leading inpatient mental health care facility, bringing help, hope and recovery to thousands of Maine children, adolescents and adults who suffer with mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disorders. We’ve also been a leading research institution, generating new ideas and evidence for best treatment practices.
Now we’re becoming something more, something bigger and better.
This year Spring Harbor Hospital merged with four community mental health agencies to become Maine Behavioral Healthcare – a single, unified organization dedicated to creating an integrated continuum of coordinated care.
We’ve already made progress toward that goal. A good example is our recent participation in a national pilot project to reduce Emergency Department usage and re-entry rates to Spring Harbor. We devised a step-down approach that transitioned patients from hospital care to outpatient community care by bridging services and utilizing natural and community supports. And we were very successful, as Keith’s story demonstrates.
Keith had been a patient at Spring Harbor five times over the past seven years. “I struggled a lot just trying to keep my head above water,” he told us. But his last visit to the hospital felt very different. He was eligible for the step-down program and worked with a team of transition professionals for 30 days before he was discharged from the hospital.
“Liz was the first case worker I ever had. She was able to give me the support I needed, and opened up a lot of doors for me.” Keith was connected to a therapist and resources in his community. “Before, I felt lost. I was at the end of my rope. I had nowhere to turn. I’m not lost anymore. This is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
When we last talked to Keith he was living independently and being interviewed by USA Today as a “success story” for the national newspaper’s series on the country’s mental health care system.
It is your generosity that helps make Spring Harbor Hospital the special place it has always been, and the even more special place it is becoming as a division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare. Spring Harbor exists to serve people like Keith – and thousands of others, including those who need charity care.
We hope you will consider making a generous gift to the Spring Harbor Annual Fund. We’ve done a lot of growing in our 15 years, and with your help we can grow – and do – so much more in the future to provide hope, healing and recovery for those we are privileged to serve. If you would like to discuss giving options or learn more about our programs and services, please contact the Development Office at 207/761-2314.
As always, we are truly grateful for your support.
Dennis King, FACHE Kathleen Kilbride
President & CEO Chair, Development Committee