McLean, Mass General Top the List of Best Psych Hospitals

Deborah Brauser

August 20, 2018

In the newly released 2018-2019 US News and World Report annual rankings, two Massachusetts facilities have once again taken the number 1 and number 2 spots as best adult psychiatric hospitals in the United States.

McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, was given the number 1 ranking, repeating its top performance from last year. In 2016, it was ranked number 2 behind Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

As in 2017, Massachusetts General was ranked number 2 in this year's report.

New York–Presbyterian University Hospital–Columbia and Cornell, New York City, was ranked number 3 this year, and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, was ranked number 4. Both moved up one spot from last year. The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas, which was number 3 last year, rounded out this year's top five.

The following is the full list of the top 11 psychiatric hospitals for 2018-2019:

  1. McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts

  2. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

  3. New York–Presbyterian University Hospital–Columbia and Cornell, New York City

  4. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

  5. Menninger Clinic, Houston, Texas

  6. Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Baltimore

  7. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

  8. Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at the University of California, Los Angeles

  9. Yale–New Haven Hospital, Connecticut

  10. Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

  11. University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center

For this year's annual rankings, data on 4656 community inpatient facilities in 16 adult specialties were assessed. As reported by Medscape Medical News, the top three overall hospitals for this year were Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; Cleveland Clinic; and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland — an exact repeat of last year.

In addition, the magazine evaluated data on 12 hospital specialties. Four of these, including psychiatry, were scored on reputation alone, as measured in annual surveys of physician specialists that were conducted in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

All of the hospitals in last year's top 12 list returned to this year's top list except for UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Only those adult psychiatric hospitals that were recommended by at least 5% of the psychiatrists responding to the surveys were included in the top rankings, which explains why the top list was trimmed by one spot this year.

US News also lists 44 other hospitals that were recommended by at least 1% of the psychiatric specialist respondents.

More information on this year's best hospital report is available on the magazine's website.

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