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Ian Aitken

Ian Aitken
President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Ian is responsible for operational oversight and strategic planning for the hospital and The Menninger Clinic Foundation. He has overseen The Clinic’s administrative, operational, marketing and outreach functions since joining the Menninger Management team in 1996.


While Chief Operating Officer, he worked closely with the Board of Directors and to secure an affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital that enabled Menninger to continue its mission. He was instrumental in relocating Menninger from Topeka, Kansas, to Houston, Texas.

Ian has worked in behavioral healthcare throughout his career. Prior to joining Menninger, he served as Vice President for health system development at Rock Creek Center, a psychiatric facility in the Chicago suburbs. He directed development of outpatient programs in a seven-state area, physician recruitment and managed care contracting. He also served as Vice President and CEO (1989-1995) of Four Winds-Chicago Hospital at Lemont, a 60-bed proprietary behavioral health hospital with outpatient and off-site programs.

For 16 years, he held a number of positions in the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Disabilities. During his tenure there, Ian developed and managed acute and extended care programs.
 
He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.