Menninger Rises to No. 4 in U.S. News & World Report's National Survey of Best Psychiatric Hospitals

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Menninger Clinic ranks as the nation’s number four hospital for difficult psychiatric cases, according to the annual America’s Best Hospitals issue published today by U.S. News & World Report. Last year, Menninger ranked number five. Menninger has been named 22 consecutive years among the nation’s top 10 psychiatric hospitals, and it is one of the only top-ranked hospitals specializing solely in psychiatry.
The number four ranking comes just three months after Menninger opened its new Mental Health Epicenter 10 minutes away from the Texas Medical Center, the country’s largest medical complex. Located at 12301 S. Main Street, Menninger’s new state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital is designed to support and accelerate advancements in mental health treatment, prevention and research. Through its partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger is expanding its research efforts.
“Menninger tailors its inpatient diagnostic and treatment programs specifically to individuals with difficult-to-treat psychiatric issues that may be complicated by addiction or other conditions. Many of our patients have been hospitalized elsewhere three or more times,” said Ian Aitken, Menninger president and chief executive officer. “We specialize in identifying core issues that have impeded previous treatment and collaborating with the patient to design a personalized course for treatment.”
Menninger moved May 1 into a new 120-bed hospital on a 50-acre campus in Houston. Sixty percent of Menninger patients come from outside Texas while 40 percent call Texas home.
“We have found that a longer treatment gives patients a chance to recover and a better opportunity to initiate lasting change. About 45 days is the average patient stay,” said John M. Oldham, MD, MS, Menninger chief of staff and immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association. “Our patients receive evidence-based treatments and many can help us improve treatment and prevention for younger generations by participating in research at The Epicenter.”
Oldham added, “It’s gratifying for our faculty and staff to be recognized with a higher ranking this year.”
The rankings published online at serve as a resource throughout the year for individuals seeking quality psychiatric hospital services, as well as for health and mental health professionals. Psychiatric hospital rankings include the annual reputational survey results of board-certified psychiatrists from the past three years.
Menninger specializes in treating adults and adolescents with mental illnesses such as borderline personality disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders that may be accompanied by addiction, anorexia or bulimia, self-injury patterns and stress-related conditions. With the caliber of clinical expertise and its education and research mission, improvements in treatment and prevention will emanate from the Menninger Epicenter to improve treatments nationally and beyond.
In addition to its hospital-based assessment and treatment programs, Menninger offers:
Founded in 1925, Menninger is a primary teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine. The Clinic offers psychiatric nursing training and is also affiliated with The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.