Acadia Hospital & Mcdonalds Team Up For Adventure 

The Ronald Mcdonald Charities of Maine is teaming up with Acadia Hospital in Bangor to start a new form of treatment. It’s designed to make patients take a more active role in recovery. Ronald Mcdonald House Charities has been providing grant money to help Maine kids since 1989. Gary Eckmann is the President of the Ronald Mcdonald House Charities and says he took an immediate interest. “Well, what caused me to get interested in Acadia,” explains Eckmann, “I knew they were developing and expanding their pediatric program here, so I made contact and wanted to see what they were doing and if there was some way we could help.”The end result of that meeting is a grant of nearly $35,000 to help fund Acadia’s new Adventure Program, geared toward helping not only kids, but people of all ages says Acadia President & CEO David Proffitt. “We have this climbing wall, we have a high and low ropes course,” he says, “these are just modalities that can become a magnetic pull for children and adolescents and adults to get engaged in something that gives us an opportunity to explore human dynamics.”The adventure based treatment will teach patients coping skills and many other life lessons. “Trust mutual dependence, how we work together,” says Proffitt, “and how we think about working with others or opening our hearts and minds to allow others to help us.” For the people at Mcdonalds, they say the timing was perfect to offer a helping hand. “It’s good timing that it’s the holiday season and to celebrate giving back to the community and helping kids.”The staff at Acadia hope this is just the begining. “We see ourselves doing a lot of outpatient groups,” says Proffitt, “we’re currently working on trying to develop some daycare programs for next summer so children at risk that could benefit from these services and be stronger members if their school and and their families and their communities, so we see it as a great opportunity with unlimited growth potential to impact lives.”