The sudden and jarring suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade — and the subsequent push for suicide awareness — have shed a powerful light on the pressing issue of mental illness in the U.S. Here in Houston, a local institution has been quietly fighting the good fight and has been recognized nationally for its efforts.
Psychiatrists nationwide have selected The Menninger Clinic as the No. 5 best hospital in psychiatry in a new survey by U.S. News & World Report. The ranking signifies that Menninger continues to be a top referral choice for psychiatrists in Texas and from across the country. During the past three years included in the survey results, patients have admitted at Menninger from all 50 states and 18 countries.
It’s been an impressive run for the hospital, which boasts an sprawling campus just outside the Medical Center and partners with the Baylor College of Medicine. This marks the 29th consecutive year that The Menninger Clinic has ranked as a Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. The study’s rankings distinguish the best hospitals for patients experiencing difficult-to-treat disorders and are based on survey responses from 2016 to 2018 from physicians nationwide who are board certified in psychiatry.
Menninger’s services include intensive specialty hospital programs with a longer-than-average length of stay, community integration, and home-based team treatment. The clinic enjoys a national reputation for wholistic care and its lush green spaces and facilities.
The hospital has pushed to educate the public, even by enlisting pop culture figures to speak about mental health. Most recently TV and film star Sean Astin spoke candidly in Houston about his mother, actress Patty Duke, and her dramatic battle with bipolar disorder.
“Our teams of experts provide our patients with a respectful, caring assessment and treatment experience that is effective in reducing symptoms and increasing the skills they need to maintain those gains after leaving Menninger,” said Tony Gaglio, chief financial officer and interim CEO of The Menninger Clinic, in a statement.
The news comes just after another Houston hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, was ranked first in the nation for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report.