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– Karen Rumo, a psychiatric technician at Spring Harbor Hospital, a division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, has been named the 2019 Maine Hospital Association (MHA) Caregiver of the Year.
Rumo, a Windham resident, was nominated by her peers and leaders at SHH where she has spent more than three decades caring for children and adults struggling with mental illness. Her tenure dates back to Jackson Brook Institute where she was instrumental in creating one of the first children’s units.
“When I first met Karen over 20 years ago I was immediately struck by her incredible compassion,” said hospital President Mary Jane Krebs. “She truly cares about everyone - including her patients, their families and her colleagues.” Katie Ward, an occupational therapist with the hospital, echoed those sentiments, saying “(She is an individual) with a calm, reassuring manner and a kindness that can only come from the heart.”
Spring Harbor Hospital’s director of clinical programming, Claudia Henry, echoed Krebs’ sentiments. “She selflessly gives herself to others and has an exemplary commitment to excellent patient care, regardless of circumstances, day after day, year after year, and decade after decade.”
Upon accepting the award Rumo said, “I couldn’t be more proud to be accepting this award and representing Spring Harbor Hospital and Maine Behavioral Healthcare, a place that I have worked for 33 years and love as much today as I did when I started. It’s special for me to receive this award and represent my (fellow) care givers. We’re there because it is in our hearts to truly help people… I couldn’t be any more proud to be representing the mental health population.”
In concluding her remarks Rumo shared that individuals with mental illness often feel invisible so she urged those present to “be kind, judge less and take care of one another.”
Since 2002, the MHA Caregiver of the Year Award has been given to a caregiver employed by a member institution who, on a daily basis, demonstrates extraordinary commitment to the delivery of care to patients and their families.
Rumo received her award Wednesday at MHA’s annual Summer Forum held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. This is the first time a member of Spring Harbor Hospital has won the award.
About Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH)
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is a leading provider of developmental disorder and mental health services, with over 30 outpatient locations throughout southern, western and mid-coast Maine, as well as Spring Harbor Hospital, providing an integrated continuum of comprehensive, coordinated behavioral healthcare for Maine residents of all ages.
About Spring Harbor Hospital
A division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Spring Harbor Hospital is southern Maine's only private psychiatric treatment and recovery center. Its inpatient programs for youth and adults provide hope for those who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance use). We are fortunate to have a unique collaboration with Maine Medical Center, which allows us to offer the most complete array of psychiatric treatment, physician-training, and medical-research programs north of Boston. Learn more at www.springharbor.org