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May 20, 2017
True to our mission and values, the McLean Hospital community of more than 2,000 faculty and staff strives to deliver ever better compassionate care, conduct pioneering research designed to translate discoveries into better outcomes, and provide timely education for professionals as well as the public. Though we are consistently ranked the top freestanding psychiatric hospital in the country, we pledge to never be complacent. We are dedicated to expanding and enhancing our services to advance our mission of improving the lives of people and families affected by psychiatric illness.
This past year—2016—we took steps in a number of crucial areas to increase access to care through the expansion of our physical plant in Belmont, Massachusetts, as well as to focus efforts on emerging uses of technology to improve delivery of care. We also expanded our scientific collaborations across the country and overseas, and launched our largest public education endeavor to date.
In this magazine, we have compiled stories that highlight our work from each area of our mission and whose impact affects not only the people across our eight campuses throughout Massachusetts and Maine, but millions of people regionally, nationally, and around the world.
These stories we’ve chosen to highlight, along with the others you will find in this publication, provide a glimpse of the exciting advances we are making together. We invite you to join us on this journey—through this report and beyond.
Meeting a Critical Need for the Most Vulnerable Population: McLean Expands Two Acute Inpatient Programs
The opening of 31 new beds dedicated to our specialty programs for the treatment of younger adults with severe psychiatric illness. These beds are allowing us to care for an additional 1,000 patients annually.
Great Expectations: International Collaboration Holds Great Promise for the Future of Psychiatric Care
In an unprecedented move, McLean Hospital and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science have launched an alliance with the goal of demonstrating how collaboration can accelerate understanding of the mechanisms involved in brain disorders, and translating that learning into care advances for patients and their families.
A Change in Thought Can Change a Life
With 75% of people who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder noting that they’ve experienced stigma or discrimination due to their illness, we launched a national public awareness campaign. Titled Deconstructing Stigma: A Change in Thought Can Change a Life, the project aims to change how people with mental illness are viewed. We expect this campaign to reach several million people this year alone.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Neuroscientists
Thanks to McLean Hospital’s new educational outreach program, thousands of students around Greater Boston have had the chance not only to hold an actual brain, but also to learn about the inner workings and boundless potential of the mind.