Menninger Ranks in Top 5 Best Psychiatric Hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's Annual Survey

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
bh2014psychThe Menninger Clinic ranks as the nation’s number five hospital for difficult psychiatric cases, according to the annual America’s Best Hospitals issue released online today by U.S. News & World Report. The only private and nonprofit hospital specializing solely in psychiatry in the top five, Menninger has been named for 25 consecutive years among the nation’s top 10 psychiatric hospitals.
“Psychiatrists surveyed recognize the benefit to their patients of Menninger’s combination of comprehensive assessment, evidence-based treatments, clinical specialists, supportive patient community and healing environment,” said Ian Aitken, Menninger president and CEO. “Peer-reviewed research and evidence-based measures reflect that our patients experience life-changing improvement. Everything we do focuses on improving the lives of our patients and their families.”
Menninger attracts patients from across the nation and the world with 60 percent of its patients coming from outside Texas. The hospital’s patients are most commonly diagnosed with depressive disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other addictive disorders. Eight of every 10 Menninger patients have more than one psychiatric diagnosis.
The average patient stay at Menninger is 40 days – longer than the five-to-seven-day average patient stays at traditional acute psychiatric facilities. Menninger’s treatment approach gives patients, many of whom have had two or more prior hospitalizations, a chance to address issues that have impeded success and to initiate lasting change, reducing expenses resulting from recurring hospitalizations.
Founded in 1925, The Menninger Clinic offers inpatient and outpatient treatment programs at a 50-acre campus located just 10 minutes from the Texas Medical Center. In addition, Menninger operates Pathfinder, a community re-integration day program with mentored apartment living, The Gathering Place, a clubhouse providing social and vocational support, as well as outpatient services at three Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates medical homes, a federally qualified health clinic and the Windsor Village United Methodist Church.
Menninger is the private teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine’s Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and a collaborator on translational research, including the McNair Initiative for Neuroscience Discovery at Menninger and Baylor College of Medicine (MIND-MB). The research project encompasses brain images, genetic and epigenetic data and comprehensive diagnostic information that can be analyzed to improve treatments and outcomes for patients. More than 70 percent of Menninger’s adult and adolescent patients participate in MIND-MB. As a result, the database is on pace to assemble digital and biological data from 5,000 Menninger patients and 500 healthy control subjects.