U.S.News’ Best Hospitals issue ranks Clinic No. 5 in psychiatry

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


The rankings are published online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals for access throughout the year by individuals seeking quality psychiatric hospital services, as well as for health and mental health professionals.
To create the rankings, U.S.News & World Report asks board-certified psychiatrists nationwide to list the five psychiatric hospitals in the U.S. they consider best for the treatment of difficult cases. Psychiatry is one of four medical specialties measured solely on reputation among those surveyed. Psychiatric hospital rankings include the annual survey results from the most recent three-year period.
“Our core services focus on individuals who have tried other treatment avenues without much success and others who are in crisis,” said Ian Aitken, president and chief executive officer of The Menninger Clinic. “We continue to improve treatment and the overall experience of the patient and the family.”
At Menninger, every employee contributes to providing a safe and effective treatment setting. “We have outstanding psychiatrists, as well as talented and dedicated clinical and operational teams that make it possible to sustain our long-term recognition as a top psychiatric hospital,” said John M. Oldham, MD, MS, Menninger chief of staff and president of the American Psychiatric Association.
Menninger specializes in treating adults and adolescents who have a difficult-to-treat psychiatric disorder that may also be complicated by an addiction or other co-occurring disorder such as borderline personality disorder, anorexia or bulimia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or self-injury patterns. A teaching hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger attracts patients from across the country, with 60 percent coming from states outside Texas and from other countries.
To help strengthen its diagnostic and treatment capabilities, The Clinic is building The Menninger Mental Health Epicenter at 12301 Main St., Houston, TX 77035, about a 10-minute drive from Baylor College of Medicine, one of the nation’s top medical schools. The first phase of building on the nearly 50-acre campus encompasses six buildings that will be home to The Menninger Clinic by mid-2012. Future expansion plans include outpatient treatment, research, education and conference facilities, and offices for affiliated mental health organizations.