McLean Hospital ranked top psychiatric hospital in country

July 11, 2005

Adriana Bobinchock
Public Affairs

Belmont, MA - McLean Hospital once again earned top honors in the U.S. News & World Report annual "best hospitals" survey. For the 16th consecutive year, McLean was ranked the top psychiatric hospital in the United States and for the third year, ranked fourth among all hospitals with a psychiatric specialty.

U.S. News Best Hospitals 2005

"We are delighted to be recognized again for the exceptional care we deliver every day at McLean, and we commend and congratulate our many nurses, doctors and other care-givers who are the basis of our high rankings. McLean's strength is a testament to their dedication and commitment," said Bruce Cohen, MD, PhD, McLean president and psychiatrist in chief.

To develop the rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed psychiatrists nationwide, asking them to list the five hospitals they consider best in their specialty for difficult cases, without considering cost or location. Slightly under half of the 3,400 doctors surveyed this year responded. Ranked hospitals were cited by at least 3 percent of responding physicians.

Massachusetts General Hospital topped the psychiatric services list. Columbia and Johns Hopkins are second and third, with UCLA ranking fifth. The Menninger Clinic, which moved to Texas, slipped from number six to 10. Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore moved up a notch from 12 to 11, while the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota fell from 10 to 12 and Austen Riggs held steady at number 16.

McLean Hospital maintains the largest research program of any private, U.S. psychiatric hospital. It is the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.

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