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McLean Hospital Receives JCAHO Reaccreditation

December 19, 2001 -- Belmont, MA -- McLean Hospital has been awarded three-year reaccredidation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

After an intensive four-day survey, reviewers from JCAHO gave McLean the best rating it has ever received. The JCAHO surveyors focused on the hospital’s inpatient services, substance abuse treatment program and partial and residential treatment programs. The team repeatedly commented on the professionalism of the staff and the overall superb treatment the patients receive at the hospital.

McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Bruce M. Cohen, MD, PhD, said of the review, "The Joint Commission representatives specifically recognized and commended our challenging three-fold mission of clinical care, research and teaching, an endeavor that sets McLean apart from other institutions. The fact that we are able to deliver such high quality care while accomplishing so complex a mission is evidence of the commitment of each and every person who works here."

JCAHO’s onsite survey of McLean took place Nov. 13 to Nov. 16. The survey, which met the federal government’s requirements for certification, was conducted by a four-member JCAHO team that inspected clinical areas and the hospital’s overall environment of care. For the first time, the surveyors toured the hospital inpatient units and residential programs during the evening shift. Reviewers also questioned staff about hospital initiatives and procedures, including quality assurance, performance improvement, fire safety, patient rights and the hospital’s mission.

JCAHO, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health care accrediting body, evaluates and accredits nearly 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States every year.