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U.S. News & World Report Again Names the Austen Riggs Center as one of the Best Hospitals in Psychiatry

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The Austen Riggs Center provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community.Washington, D.C. – July 21, 2015- The Austen Riggs Center has again been highlighted as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in Psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. 

Austen Riggs Center Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber MD, PhD, states “The Austen Riggs Center is a unique hospital and residential treatment program that offers patients a completely open and voluntary setting combining intensive therapy, psychopharmacology and integrated care within a therapeutic community.  We are pleased to earn the ‘Best Hospitals’ designation and I give credit and appreciation to our extraordinary staff in providing excellent care each and every day.”  

For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty. The Austen Riggs Center has been ranked 11th in Psychiatry nationwide.  Noteworthy among the top group of psychiatry honorees for its small size, integrated approach and psychodynamic focus, Riggs emphasizes the importance of relationships, the discovery of meanings and the role and responsibility of the patient.

“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

The Austen Riggs Center provides an intensive clinical program serving those struggling with mental illness. The Austen Riggs Center provides an intensive clinical program serving those struggling with mental illness.  Patients come to the Austen Riggs Center from the United States and Canada.  The hospital is dedicated to caring for adults who contend with a variety of illnesses including depression, anxiety, bipolar, psychotic and personality disorders. Additionally, the Austen Riggs Center provides education, training and research through its Erikson Institute.  

The Austen Riggs Center is located in Stockbridge, MA.  For more information about its services, please call 413/931-5249 or 800/517-4447 or visit www.austenriggs.org.

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