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U.S. News & World Report Names McLean Hospital Among Best in Nation for Psychiatry

15 Jul '14 Print

Belmont, MA - McLean Hospital has been ranked fourth overall in the nation in psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report for 2014-15, making McLean the number one freestanding psychiatric hospital in the country—a distinction it has held for more than 20 years. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“I am deeply proud of the continued dedication of the McLean community,” said McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD.  “Their drive to improve the lives of people with psychiatric illness and their families has made us the premier psychiatric hospital for treatment, research and education in the country.

McLean Hospital also ranked fourth overall in the Boston metro area and fifth in the state of Massachusetts in the U.S. News rankings.

For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“The data tell the story—a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a member of Partners HealthCare. For more information about McLean, visit mcleanhospital.org or follow the hospital on Facebook or Twitter.

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