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McLean Hospital President and Psychiatrist in Chief Earns Top Award

Scott L. Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist in chief for McLean Hospital, was recently awarded the Daniel Drake Medal by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine—the college’s highest honor. According to William S. Ball, MD, dean of the College of Medicine and senior vice president for Health Affairs, Rauch was selected for the award for his outstanding and unique...

The Largest Fundraising Effort in Hospital History

In October 2015, McLean Hospital publicly announced its $100 million Campaign for McLean Hospital—the largest and most ambitious in the hospital’s history. With the leadership phase launching in 2012, McLean’s closest supporters were eager to participate, contributing $85 million before the campaign was formally announced. By the end of 2015, the campaign reached $94 million...

McLean Announces Completion of New Patient Wing

The recent completion of a 31-bed addition to McLean’s Admissions Building has significantly increased capacity and will help the hospital better meet the needs of patients and their families. The new wing provides expanded space for the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Inpatient Program, the Short Term Unit, and office accommodations for clinical and associated research and support staff...

McLean Announces $100 Million Campaign and Honors Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

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...

McLean’s $100 Million Campaign Announced

At the 2015 Annual Dinner, McLean Hospital announced the public launch of its $100 million Campaign for McLean Hospital. “The response has been phenomenal. As of October 23, the Campaign for McLean Hospital is 80 percent of the way to its $100 million goal, having raised $85 million,” said Dr. Kathleen Feldstein, campaign co-chair and former chair of McLean’s Board of Trustees....

Supporting New Discoveries in Psychiatry

Thanks to a recent gift from Patricia and James Poitras to establish the James and Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital has recruited world-renowned clinician-researcher Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, as the new Chief Scientific Officer. As an expert in fear-based disorders, Dr. Ressler’s research examines how fear works in the mammalian brain at cellular and molecular...

McLean Hospital Launches $100M Campaign

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...

Board of Visitors Convenes 2nd Annual Meeting

More than 70 members of the Board of Visitors gathered at McLean on May 7, 2015, for the group’s second annual event. The Board of Visitors, which has grown to include approximately 170 members from 14 states, Canada, and the Dominican Republic, was established to help McLean forge deeper connections with individuals who have an interest in mental health and McLean. Members are asked to...

McLean Hospital Welcomes Renowned Researcher to its Leadership Team

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, announced today that Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, will assume the roles of Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of the Depression and Anxiety Disorders Division, effective August 1, 2015. He will also hold the James and Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital, thanks to a generous gift from longtime...

Supporting McLean Today and Tomorrow: One Donor’s View

Betsy Wilgis is clear about why she has donated to McLean every year since 1999 and written a bequest to the hospital into her will. “They saved my life.” Mrs. Wilgis, a personal finance and health care manager from Baltimore, had been struggling with treatment-resistant depression when her medical team in Baltimore felt that hospitalization was called for. A relative of her husband...

Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Care at the Click of a Mouse

Can Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) for major depressive disorder (MDD) replace face-to-face treatment for some patients? That’s the trailblazing question that McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, and his colleagues set out to answer when they launched their latest study. “The application of iCBT for major depressive disorder is...

Philanthropy: Funding McLean’s Future

Philanthropy takes many forms, and gifts of all sizes can nurture the full breadth of McLean’s mission. Sometimes, philanthropic giving transcends both time and the need to create something special, having a lasting impact on the hospital, as well as on people and families living with mental illness. Donald and Charlotte Test are one couple whose generous gifts have amplified McLean’...

U.S. News & World Report Names McLean Hospital Among Best in Nation for Psychiatry

McLean Hospital has been ranked fourth overall in the nation in psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report for 2014-2015, making McLean the number one freestanding psychiatric hospital in the country—a distinction it has held for more than 20 years. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients...

McLean Hospital President Honored for Leadership Mentoring

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine recently awarded the John Shaw Billings, MD, Alumni Leadership Award to Scott L. Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist in chief of McLean Hospital. The Billings Award is given annually to recognize an alumnus for a career of extraordinary leadership and contributions to medical progress. Recipients also deliver the commencement address at the...

Leading the Way in Psychiatry and Mental Health

These are both very exciting and challenging times in the field of psychiatry and mental health. It is progressively well appreciated that diseases of brain and behavior are among the most pressing global public health issues. To provide some context for the challenge by scale, more than 1 in 3 people will experience a psychiatric disease in their lifetime and more than 60 million Americans are...

Kindred Spirits: Van Otterloos Endow Presidency at McLean

McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, recently accepted one of the highest honors in academic medicine: an endowed chair. Thanks to a $5M gift from its namesakes, Dr. Rauch has been appointed to the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Chair of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. The endowment will support Dr. Rauch and his successors in their leadership of McLean. An intimate...

McLean Hospital Hosts Star-Studded Gala Honoring Jane Fonda

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, recently hosted a gala event to honor actress, author and mental health advocate Jane Fonda for her exceptional efforts to educate the public about mental health issues. Director David O. Russell, who was honored by the hospital last year, actress Catherine Keener and actress/comedian Maya Rudolph, were among the 500...

Introducing the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Chair of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital

McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Scott L. Rauch, MD, recently accepted one of the highest honors in academic medicine: an endowed chair. Thanks to a $5M gift from its namesake, Rauch has been appointed to the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Chair of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. The endowment will support Rauch and his successors in their leadership of McLean. An intimate group of...

Endowed Chair Provides Resources to Deliver on McLean’s Mission

Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo want to make a difference in the lives of people with psychiatric illness and in the lives of their families. As longtime supporters of McLean Hospital, they have consistently been strong proponents of the hospital’s dedication to psychiatric care, research and education. In 2013, in an effort to encourage others to support McLean and to recognize the...

Nancy K. Mello, Pioneer in Substance Abuse Research, Dies at 78

Nancy K. Mello, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center (ADARC) and professor of psychology (neuroscience) at Harvard Medical School, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 25. She was 78. A dedicated and well-respected researcher and mentor, Dr. Mello along with her husband Jack H. Mendelson, MD, founded the ADARC at McLean Hospital nearly 40 years ago....

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