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We are very pleased to announce that just as this publication was going to press, we learned that McLean Hospital was named the best hospital for psychiatry in America by U.S. News & World Report. This is an honor that fills us with great pride and publicly underscores our dedication to our mission of improving the lives of people and families who are affected by mental illness. This is a mission the McLean family believes in, and it is one we strive to accomplish each and every day.
While U.S. News & World Report is one marker by which we are judged, it is an important tool that patients and families across the United States use to identify the hospitals and therapeutic departments determined to be “the best of the best” by an independent organization whose primary sources for ranking are the nation’s physicians and healthcare practitioners.
This #1 ranking reflects the quality of care we provide our patients and their families, and is a powerful testament to our innovative work in psychiatric research and education. In this annual report, All Ways a Family, we highlight the year in review with stories from each of these areas of our tripartite mission. We chose “family” as the theme for this year’s annual report because, as we continue to adapt to meet the needs of our patients, we are also focusing on the needs of families. Moreover, we are striving to strengthen the McLean family in all its facets.
Family Network: Working Together to Support One Another
Bill and Andrea Kelley, who are active advocates and participants in the McLean Hospital Family Support and Education Group, a free support group for families of patients who have been treated at McLean for substance use disorders. The Kelleys share their story of how this support group became a lifeline for them as their son traveled the path to recovery.
Listening and Learning: Family Feedback Enhances Patient Care Experience
The members of the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) and the work they are doing to help McLean better understand the needs of patients and families. Their thoughtful engagement is helping the hospital enhance the patient care experience.
Expanding the McLean Family: Renowned Investigator Chris Cowan Joins the McLean Center of Excellence in Basic Neuroscience
The recruitment of world-renowned investigator Christopher Cowan, PhD, who joined the McLean family in 2012. Dr. Cowan and seven members of his team relocated from Texas to Massachusetts to conduct innovative research focused on neuroplasticity of the brain and its impact on chronic pathological conditions, such as drug addiction and depression, as well as stress.
Great Expectations: One Student’s Road to Success at Pathways Academy
Our cover story features Joy Anne Moses and her son Jeffery Lindeland, who has been a student at Pathways Academy since the sixth grade. Diagnosed with pervasive-developmental delay and schizoaffective disorder, Jeffery has thrived in the nurturing environment of Pathways and is achieving scholastic and athletic success.