We Need Your Support!

Our year end appeal is underway! We have a goal to reach $50,000. Letters and emails have gone out to past donors. If you are not part of that group, please join us!  You can donate online with either a one-time gift or a recurring subscription.  Gifts of any amount are gratefully accepted. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

We will use this page to recognize and thank donors as their gifts come in. Thank you again to everyone for your support!

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Thank you to our donors!

  • Steve Putnam
  • Mary Cary Curran and Richard E. Curran Jr.
  • Diane Walsh
  • Diane and John Devlin
  • Jesse and Jennifer Abbott
  • Peter DeTroy and Mary Roy
  • Benjamin Pinchin
  • Tim and Sara Berne
  • Roland Mercier – Friends Board Member
  • James M. Bowie
  • Rev. Lance Gifford and Margaret McCampbell
  • Pam Tozier
  • Elizabeth Capone-Henriquez – Friends Board Member
  • Kristen Silvia, MD and David Martines
  • Margery and Gary Goldberg
  • Charles and Judith Micoleau
  • Susan Nelson
  • Sally Weiss – Friends Board Member
  • Stone Coast Fund Services
  • Susan Peters in honor of Betsy and Erik Peters
  • Tom Allen
  • Deborah Jackson, RN
  • Michael Miller
  • Daniel and Joan Amory from the Maine Community Foundation
  • Elizabeth and Whitney Hatch
  • Eliot Cutler
  • The Timothy J. and Linda O’Neill Foundation
  • Peter and Barbara Shaw
  • Heather McCargo and Brian McNiff
  • Elaine Peters
  • Andrea Berne
  • Samuel C. Martin
  • David and Mary Kay Moyer
  • Sam and Linda Saltonstall in honor of Marion and Murray Klickstein
  • The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust
  • Margaret Shepp, MD
  • Joyce Menges
  • Jeff Saffer, MD
  • Ruth and William Lubic
  • Maine Desk LLC – Leslie Nicoll, owner – Friends VP
  • Gina D’Angelo, RN – Friends Board Member
  • Katharine B. Perkins
  • Catherine A. Jakubowitch, MD
  • Joan Schaap Leitzer, MD
  • John Phillips
  • Randy Ferrell – Friends Board Member
  • Sam Kilbreth – in honor of Beth Kilbreth
  • Peggy Chinn, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Kathryn Moxhay from the Maine Community Foundation
  • Apple Lane Foundation
  • Hilary Rapkin and William Styles
  • Diane Dusini
  • Yvonne Jumper, RN – Friends Secretary
  • Matthew H. Liang
  • Samuel Broaddus and Sandra Jensen
  • Malcolm and Susan Rogers
  • Harold Noel and Susan Livingston
  • Liz Davy, RN
  • John and Anne Schuettinger
  • Gene and Carla Jendrek
  • John R. Dolloff
  • Lee and Jamie Broder
  • Julie and Michael Fralich
  • Stephen R. Hayes, MD and Carol A. McCarthy
  • Betsy Berne in honor of Alfred and Estelle Berne
  • Beth Kilbreth – Friends Board Member
  • Amy Harris, RN
  • Robert McComish
  • Alisa Shepherd, MD and James Haller, MD
  • Elizabeth W. Bailey
  • Christopher H. Corbett
  • Jonathan and Nina Huntington
  • Frank A. McDougald
  • Linda and Samuel Saltonstall
  • Matthew H. Hayn, MD
  • Suzanne Fox
  • Lois Myers, RN
  • Joan Tryzelaar, MD – Friends President
  • Rev. Thomas and Nicky Chittick
  • Ronald and Judith Walters
  • Terrance and Valerie Estey
  • Bob and Judy Walizer
  • Sandy and Chuck Radis
  • Ann and Peter Roberts
  • Renee and Scott Russell
  • John T. Franklin
  • Benjamin and Elizabeth Lowenstein
  • Susan B. Lodge
  • Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association
  • Renee and Scott Russell
  • Charlotte Phillips, RN — Friends Board Member
  • Jeff Peterson, MD – monthly donor!
  • Stewart Willason and Elizabeth Kirsch, in honor of Dr. Stephen and Maureen Kirsch and Family
  • Jack Phillips

Plus $800 from  donors who wish to remain anonymous

Go to Bed! Doctor’s Orders!

WASHINGTON — Your lack of sleep not only is affecting your health, but also the health and safety of those around you.  Daylight savings time doesn’t make it easier, so the nation’s emergency physicians are warning about the dangers of sleep deprivation.

“Sleep deprivation has been linked to chronic diseases, such as cancer, hypertension and diabetes,” said Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.  “You may think it’s minor now, but you could be doing serious damage to your body by not resting it properly.”

About 70 million people in the United States suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here are some statistics about how much sleep we need versus how much sleep we get.

  • School-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep daily, according to the National Institutes of Health.
  • Teenagers should be getting about 9-10 hours each night.
  • On average, only 30 percent of high school students get at least 8 hours on an average school night.
  • Adults need at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Nearly 30 percent of adults get an average only 6 hours of sleep per day.

Sleep deprivation can be potentially dangerous for other people, especially if you’re driving a vehicle.  The National Sleep Foundation reports that about 60 percent of adult drivers say that they’ve driven at some point in the past year while feeling drowsy — some have even nodded off while driving the car.  Approximately 11 million drivers have almost had or did have an accident because they either fell asleep at the wheel or were too tired to drive.  Oftentimes emergency physicians treat many of these accident victims who were lucky enough to survive.

Additionally, if you share a home or a bedroom with a partner, your lack of sleep could also be affecting his or her sleep pattern.

Sleep hygiene is just as important as getting daily exercise or eating a proper diet.  Experts advise people to set a routine and live by it.

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and wake at the same time each morning.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.
  • Avoid large meals before bed.
  • Avoid nicotine.

Make sure your bed is comfortable.  If you are waking regularly during the night, you might need to have a sleep study done or you may need to do something to make yourself more comfortable in bed.