Menninger Clinic celebrates grand opening of John M. O'Quinn Foundation Campus
May 1, 2012
The Menninger Clinic celebrated its relocation to a new, 50-acre campus near the Texas Medical Center with a grand opening ceremony in April. The state-of-the-art facility will begin seeing patients this month.
Since moving to Houston from Topeka, Kan., in 2003, the clinic has operated in a rented facility. The dream to build a brand new, up-to-date facility finally came to fruition this April.
"It's something we had to build," said Ian Aitken, president and CEO of the Menninger Clinic.
The campus consists of six buildings with the capacity for 120 inpatients. It also includes 650 native trees, a meditation garden, a wellness center and saltwater swimming pool.
"The prairie-style architecture enhances the work," Aitken said at the ceremony.
The clinic will continue to provide a safe environment to help manage disease and prevent illnesses that disrupt people's lives, as well as stop the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM, said that the partnership between BCM and the Menninger Clinic is poised to transform psychiatry. He praised the hard work and commitment of Dr. Stuart Yudofsky, professor and chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at BCM.
Among those present for the ceremonies included the Menninger family, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
Kennedy recalled the famous phrase, "Houston, we have a problem," and said that through the Menninger Clinic, "we have a solution."
Guests were welcome to self-guided tours of the new facilities throughout the event.