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SMH Teams with The Progress Center to "Have a Nice Day"

The Progress Center's "Project Have a Nice Day/Night," a phone call check in program, has a new partner in Stephens Memorial Hospital, and with the partnership, a new client. 

This project began with the suggestion of two people who attend The Progress Center and a staff person who works there.  The three, Sarah Paladino, Georgia Cote, Kathlene Bourget were integral in getting this project off the ground.  It is a way to have an individual make a phone call to any person, either elderly people or latch-key children, who is alone to check on them.  These phone calls will be made on a daily basis or as needed at a mutually agreed upon time.  If there is no answer The Progress Center volunteer would call the emergency contact person provided on the application. 

The program has been expanded for Stephens Memorial Hospital to include follow up calls to patients returning home alone after surgery or an extended hospital stay.  The calls can continue as long as the person would like to receive them.  All individuals will be asked upon discharge if they would like to receive a phone call.

The project is not only a benefit the community at large, but also supports The Progress Centers mission to promote the rights of children and adults with disabilities and afford them opportunities to increase work and volunteer skills while performing this civic service.

Robin Green, LCSW of the Social Service Department at Stephens Memorial Hospital states of the partnership, "We hope this will be increasingly beneficial for our homebound patients."

Applications for phone calls from the program are available by calling The Progress Center directly at 743-8049 x233 or at the hospital at Central Registration 743-1562.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is part of the MaineHealth® Family.  Please visit our website at www.wmhcc.org.

Photo Caption:  Progress Center attendees who will be making phone calls - Sarah Paladino and Georgia Cote stand with Kathlene Bourget, staff member and major program advocate.

 
 
 
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