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U.S. News Names Austen Riggs Center a Top 10 Hospital for Psychiatry

STOCKBRIDGE — The Austen Riggs Center has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking tenth in psychiatry nationwide. Notable among the top honorees for its small size and integrated approach to treatment, the Austen Riggs Center is a therapeutic community, open psychiatric hospital, and center for education and research, promoting resilience and self-direction in adults with complex psychiatric problems.

 “We are honored to once again be named as a top-10 Best Hospital in psychiatry,” said Dr. Andrew Gerber, Austen Riggs Center medical director and CEO. “This is recognition not only of our unique approach to treatment, but also of our excellent staff and long-standing success in treating complex psychiatric patients in a fully open setting.”

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 29th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty.

“For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, the publication’s managing editor and chief of health analysis. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”

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