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Each year in the United States, over 2 million people require inpatient treatment for an acute episode of psychiatric illness. The experience of even a single hospitalization for an acute episode can have a devastating impact in an individual’s life and in the lives of family members. The number of people nationwide requiring inpatient treatment for a psychiatric illness has increased steadily, while the length of time patients stay in the hospital continues to decrease, due to health insurance limitations and the loss of inpatient psychiatric beds due to unit closings.

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Inpatient Psychiatry Service is a secure 24-bed unit on the 11th floor of the Blake building that specializes in the personalized care of patients with both acute psychiatric conditions and concurrent medical problems. Staff also undertake pioneering research in order to develop more effective approaches to short-term inpatient care for acute psychiatric illnesses, and the unit serves as a leading educational and training site for future generations of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and other clinicians.

Role of Philanthropy

Revenue from clinical care alone is not sufficient to support an active research program and to meet clinical and material needs of the Inpatient Psychiatric Service. Charitable support is vital to the ongoing scientific and clinical research efforts and the training of outstanding young clinicians and scientists. Ultimately, it is through advancing vigorous research and training agendas that more patients who are hospitalized for an acute psychiatric illness, at the Massachusetts General Hospital and elsewhere, can be helped to recover and to live more fruitful, productive and enjoyable lives.

Facts About the IPS
  • We have over 600 admissions a year and run at nearly 100% occupancy
  • Our patients range in age from 19 to 99
  • We provide multi-disciplinary treatment with a dedicated staff that includes: attending and resident psychiatrists, psychologists, advanced practice nurses, staff nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and case managers
  • We treat patients regardless of their ability to pay with over 15 percent of our patients receiving free care
  • We specialize in treating psychiatric patients who also have co-morbid medical illness
  • We are active in training future generations of health care professionals
  • We conduct research into effective treatments for acute illness and the recovery process
Testimonies from Patients, Families & Trainees

“We would like to thank you all for the wonderful care you gave my mother during her stay at MGH/Blake. This has been a very difficult time for all of us and your care and compassion have helped us to mend. She was very fortunate to have such loving/caring nurses and doctors. A special thanks to Janet, Colleen, Eileen, Chris, Dr. Zahajsky, and Dr. Matthews. We will never forget you.”

-- Daughter

“My mother was a patient on Blake 11 right before Christmas. My family and I are very grateful for the care that we received from the first person that we met in the Emergency Room to the final update and recommendations that we received from you on the day that she came home.”

-- Daughter

“A great writer once wrote that “the mind is in itself a place that can make a hell of heaven, a heaven of hell”. Such is the dilemma of confronting major depression and panic attacks. Fortunately, you provide a heavenly respite from a most cruel work by providing your unrelenting concern, support, and professional assistance.”

-- Patient

"I did the non-paid internship with you last summer from Smith College. From that opportunity I was inspired to do my own independent research once I returned to Smith, my senior year. I focused my research on depression, and from that experience I was awarded membership to the Smith College chapter of Sigma Xi. Therefore, now that I am a Smith College graduate and at the same time in pursuit and search of a career in mental health..."

-- Student Trainee

For additional information, visit our main Development Office or call:

Development Office Massachusetts General Hospital
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114-2792
Tel: 617.724.2200

Barbara Dunderdale, RN
Senior Major Gifts Officer, Psychiatry
Tel: 617.724.9412; Fax: 617.726.7661

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