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U.S. News & World Report Again Names the Austen Riggs Center in the Top Ten Best Hospitals in Psychiatry
Washington, D.C. – July 15, 2014 − The Austen Riggs Center has again been ranked as one of the ten best hospitals for 2014-15 in Psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in caring for challenging patients.
James L. Sacksteder, MD, Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center remarks, “We are very pleased to be ranked in the top ten list for hospitals in psychiatry. Our open, voluntary setting, small size, psychodynamic focus and community structure provides patients with the time, space and context they need to get better. This honor stems from the carefully individualized treatment provided by our extraordinary staff.”
For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.
“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The Austen Riggs Center has an intensive clinical program serving those struggling with serious emotional problems. Patients come to the Austen Riggs Center from throughout the United States and even internationally. The Center is dedicated to caring for individuals who are 18 years and older who contend with a variety of emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, bipolar, psychotic and personality disorders. Additionally, the Austen Riggs Center provides education and research through its Erikson Institute.
The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.
The Austen Riggs Center is located in Stockbridge, MA. For more information about its services, please call  931.5249 or  517.4447 or visit www.austenriggs.org.
About the Austen Riggs Center
Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919. Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement. Individual, four times/weekly, psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided by doctors on staff.