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McLean Hospital Earns Top Honors From U.S. News & World Report

July 12, 2000 -- Belmont, MA -- McLean Hospital once again has earned top honors in the U.S. News & World Report annual "best hospitals" survey, ranking third in the nation for psychiatric services.

"We are delighted to be recognized again for the exceptional care we deliver every day at McLean, and we commend and congratulate our many nurses, doctors and other care- givers for their high standards of excellence. McLean's growing strength is a testament to their dedication and commitment," said Bruce Cohen, MD, PhD, McLean president and psychiatrist in chief.

One of the largest providers of mental health services in New England, McLean is serving more patients than at any other time in its 189-year history. The hospital has more than 3,000 inpatient admissions, 230,000 outpatient and partial hospital visits and 5,000 new patients a year. Sixty-five percent of McLean patients are Medicare and Medicaid recipients (elderly and disabled), up from 15 percent in 1989.

"At a time of significant challenge for all teaching hospitals, McLean had one of its best years," said Cohen. "We responded to a statewide shortage of child psychiatric services by creating new and innovative treatment services both on and off our campus. We continued to develop new relationships with health care providers north and south of Boston, ensuring residents in those communities availability to the resources and expertise of the McLean staff. Our research now ranks us 15th among all U.S. hospitals in National Institutes of Health grant support, and largest among freestanding psychiatric hospitals. After more than three years of collaboration and negotiation with the Town of Belmont, we received resounding approval by Belmont residents to develop McLean's outlying property.

"Through these and other successes, we remain committed to expanding the availability and quality of mental health care to the benefit of patients and their families around the world."