Getting to know McLean Hospital

McLean Hospital has been meeting the needs of individuals and families with psychiatric illness since its founding in 1811. As the oldest psychiatric hospital in New England, McLean was established to serve the communities of the Commonwealth, as well as the surrounding states—a mission that the hospital and its dedicated staff continues to strive for each and every day.

Although the communities that McLean serves now extend beyond New England, with patients hailing from all 50 states and six continents, the dedication of the hospital to provide high quality, compassionate care to all who seek treatment is unwavering. Today, McLean, the largest psychiatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, admits more than 6,000 patients and accommodates more than 40,000 outpatient visits annually. In recognition of the high level of care provided at McLean, U.S. News & World Report named the hospital the best location in the United States to receive psychiatric care.

McLean offers a full spectrum of care spanning inpatient, acute and longer-term residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient services. McLean also offers an expanded array of specialized academic and clinical programs for children and adolescents, as well as dedicated services for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

In addition to McLean’s impeccable reputation for providing the highest quality care, McLean also tackles the stigma that, unfortunately, is still associated with mental health issues by being a good neighbor and enhancing the communities in which it resides. The hospital takes great pride in developing and operating top-notch educational and therapeutic programs in well-managed aesthetically pleasing settings. It believes Fox Hill meets all the criteria to be a successful endeavor that will be a positive addition to the Town of Camden.

Operating quietly in residential areas is not a new endeavor for McLean. With eight locations throughout eastern Massachusetts, the hospital has built a strong reputation as a leader in the community. For example, in central Massachusetts where McLean Fernside—a program similar to the one proposed at Fox Hill—is located, the hospital has played an integral role in educating the community about substance abuse. Staff from McLean regularly participate in community activities and volunteer their time and expertise to local police departments, school groups and advocacy groups.

McLean’s commitment to community outreach starts with its leadership. For example, Dr. Phil Levendusky, who is spearheading McLean’s collaboration with Fox Hill, has dedicated his career to serving others. Recognizing that those who utilize Fox Hill and other programs like it are no different from the millions of Americans with mental health issues who successfully lead meaningful, caring, healthy and fulfilling lives, Dr. Levendusky is dedicated to developing and directing cutting-edge clinical programs that meet the needs of men and women with substance abuse and psychiatric disorders.

McLean will continue its positive track record of partnering with the areas in which it operates. The hospital has helped countless individuals and families - not only through treatment, but by providing education and employment. As it has done in so many communities in Massachusetts, McLean will be a good neighbor to those living in the Town of Camden and will prove to be a trusted resource.

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