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Belmont's McLean Hospital has been ranked number one in the nation for psychiatry services, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual "best hospitals" rankings released this month.
McLean, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is ranked two spots ahead of Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital in the category. It was among 147 facilities - roughly 3 percent of the 4,806 analyzed for the latest "best hospitals" rankings - to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties.
Dr. Scott L. Rauch, the hospital's president and psychiatrist-in-chief, said the ranking underscores the importance of McLean's mission to help patients who need especially high-level care due to a challenging condition, or added health problems or age.
"These results shine the national spotlight on the McLean Hospital community and the work done each and every day across our seven campuses," Rauch said in a statement. "With the national dialogue focused on mental health parity and reform, including the White House effort to enhance awareness and understanding of these illnesses, McLean is proud to be a leader and partner in advancing psychiatric clinical care, research and education."
McLean Hospital is a 177-bed psychiatric facility with 6,074 admissions in the most recent year reported, according to U.S. News & World Report.
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