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Innovation drives Acadia’s next 25 years

Empowering people to improve their lives is what Acadia Hospital has been doing for a quarter of a century. It can be heard in the words of people who share their stories of recovery, like Greg who sought help for panic attacks many years ago.
 
“While I know I will always need to take care of myself or even deal with the occasional anxious or panicky moment, I feel as though I have made significant progress and continue to live a good and full life.”
 
Acadia-25th-group-photo.jpgEmployees celebrated Acadia’s 25 year anniversary with a special cook-out at the hospital campus on August 22. The anniversary provides an opportunity for hospital leaders and staff to reflect on the past and look toward the future.
   
“Demand for our services is growing exponentially and we need to push services outside our four walls,” explained Dan Coffey, EMHS senior vice president and president of Acadia Hospital. Dan is retiring at the end of September and Scott Oxley, current vice president and chief operating officer at Acadia Hospital, will assume his role.
 
Acadia uses technology to bring services to people in rural communities across Maine where they are needed. Acadia currently provides emergency department tele-psychiatry services to 15 hospitals across the state from Aroostook to York County. Tele-psychiatry is also leveraged to provide inpatient consultations to outlying hospitals as a way to bridge the inpatient care at Acadia. Inpatient services comprise approximately 50 percent of Acadia’s total volume and its beds run at full capacity most of the time.
 
Dan-Coffey-Scott-Oxley-sign-25th-pledge.jpgAcadia’s Behavioral Health Home (BHH), a community-based holistic program promotes the health, independence, and dignity of those struggling with mental health and substance abuse wellness. The BHH team coordinates between a patient’s primary care practice, social supports, natural supports, and mental health providers to ensure a better quality of care. BHH assists clients in breaking down any barriers to obtaining health and wellness by meeting clients where and when help is needed.
 
Acadia continues to erase stigma through education, awareness outreach, and community advocacy. The hospital developed a plan involving the extensive use of digital media and video, which will be implemented over the coming year. An example of previous success in the area of video and social media is the award-winning short dramatic film called, "The Road Back," which addresses anxiety and depression among teens, and has more than 250-thousand views on YouTube.
 
Acadia Hospital spent the last 25 years working to ensure that our friends, neighbors, and family members have the highest quality mental healthcare available and looks forward to providing that same level of care for the next 25 and beyond.