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During the McLean annual dinner held in October 2015, the hospital publicly announced its $100 million Campaign for McLean Hospital. The largest and most ambitious in the hospital’s history, this comprehensive fundraising effort will advance the hospital’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 Kathleen Feldstein, PhD, 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% 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:
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 encouraged by the extraordinary 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 gala event 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, 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.”
A pioneer in mental health policy and advocacy, Kennedy served Rhode Island’s First Congressional District for 16 years. During his time on Capitol Hill, Kennedy was the author and chief sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act—groundbreaking legislation that guaranteed, for the first time in history, equal access to mental health and addiction services.
Upon leaving Congress in 2011, Kennedy helped form two innovative organizations: One Mind for Research and The Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health.
“From Capitol Hill and beyond, Patrick Kennedy has truly dedicated himself to the important issues of mental health and addiction,” said Rauch. “During his tenure in Congress, Patrick was able to affect real change in increasing access to mental health services, and since leaving Congress he has kept his promise to continue advocating for mental health and pushing for investment in brain research. We are very proud to present him with the McLean Award.”
*As this issue of Perspectives was going to press, the hospital announced that since the annual dinner, the Campaign for McLean Hospital continued to build momentum with $94 million contributed as of December 31, 2015.