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McLean Hospital Launches $100M Campaign

November 2, 2015 Print

At McLean’s 2015 Annual Dinner in October, the Hospital publicly announced its $100 million Campaign for McLean Hospital. The largest and most ambitious in the Hospital’s history, this campaign is a comprehensive effort that will advance McLean’s mission to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by psychiatric illness.

According to Campaign Co-Chair and former Chair of McLean’s Board of Trustees Dr. Kathleen Feldstein, the Hospital has been in the leadership phase of the campaign since 2012, building momentum by engaging McLean’s closest supporters.

“The response has been phenomenal,” said Feldstein. “As of October 23, the Campaign for McLean Hospital is more than 80 percent of the way to its goal, having raised $85 million.”

The Campaign is currently making strategic investments in the future of McLean. The primary thrust of the effort has been to establish seven Centers of Excellence including:

Patrick Kennedy with David Barlow
Patrick J. Kennedy receives the McLean Award from David Barlow, Chair of McLean's Board of Trustees
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Basic Neuroscience

In addition, the Campaign for McLean Hospital seeks resources to attract and support world-class leaders, to advance research, and to optimize patient outcomes.

“We are so encouraged by the extraordinary early success of this campaign,” said McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD. “Thanks to our generous community of donors, we have launched all seven of our Centers of Excellence, welcomed outstanding new talent, seeded new clinical programs, supported novel research, and made tremendous strides in our strategic direction. The campaign goal is within reach and meeting it will enable us to more fully realize our vision of improved access to care and accelerated discovery leading, one day, to prevention and cures.”

The 2015 Annual Dinner also marked the presentation of the prestigious McLean Award to former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy. Recognized for his ardent advocacy for mental health parity, Mr. Kennedy spoke with both great candor and humility about his own struggles with addiction and mental illness before graciously accepting the award. He thanked the staff and leadership of McLean for all that they do for the cause and spoke with enthusiasm about the progress of the Campaign for McLean Hospital.

“McLean is the number one facility in the world for delivering mental health and substance use disorder care, and it is because it has the best people in positions of leadership that attract the best clinicians and the best scientists,” Kennedy said. “The notion that you’ve been able to raise $85 million, that’s a lot of money anyway, but in mental health?! What a testament to changing times that you are now approaching $100 million for this campaign.”

If you would like to participate in the Campaign for McLean Hospital, please contact Lori Etringer at 617.855.3840