McLean Named One of America’s Best Hospitals

U.S. News & World Report names it the country’s top freestanding psychiatric hospital for 22nd consecutive year

July 19, 2011

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has been named America’s top freestanding psychiatric hospital for the 22nd consecutive year, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual “best hospitals” survey. McLean placed third among all psychiatric services nationwide. A complete list of the 2011 rankings is available online at

“This year, McLean marks 200 years of excellence and innovation in providing support to those who need our care,” said McLean Hospital President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD. “Although our services have grown dramatically since our founding, our tradition of providing compassionate care and improving the lives of people affected by psychiatric illness endures. We are honored that our deep commitment to our patients and their families is being recognized with a spot on the U.S. News list as one of America’s best hospitals.”

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

Founded in 1811 as the first psychiatric hospital in New England, McLean is one of the world’s most eminent resources for psychiatric care, research and education. As McLean celebrates its bicentennial, the hospital and its staff have publicly reaffirmed their dedication and everlasting commitment to providing support and hope to those affected by mental illness.

“Meeting the mental health needs of communities across Massachusetts, New England and beyond is a role McLean has played throughout the years, making specialized psychiatric care more accessible to all who need it,” said Rauch. “As we enter our third century, we remain devoted to developing ever-better therapies, to pursuing prevention, and to eliminating stigma.”

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