by: Jim Bell, July 7, 2006 12:07:00 am
The Menninger Clinic has been in a temporary home in northwest Houston since it moved to Houston from Kansas three years ago, in a partnership with Baylor College of Medicine. Now, with a 25 million dollar donation from Houston attorney John O'Quinn, Menninger will build a new facility of its own, in or near the Texas Medical Center. Spokeswoman Shawna Morris says their interim facility is a good one, but it's just too far from the medical center.
"The idea here when we came to Houston was to do a partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and Methodist Hospital, and to be able to integrate the psychiatric department with the Menninger Clinic, and with the acute services offered at Methodist. And in order to better facilite that you must be closer."
Morris says the O'Quinn donation will be made in installments of five million dollars per year for five years, and with the first installment now in hand they can start looking for property and designing the permanent facility.
"Menninger is actually just very very grateful for this gift. The gift really will advance Menninger's strategic mission and our vision for a single campus dedicated to international behavior health care. And we believe that international behavior health care includes research, education and patient care."
The Menninger Clinic is now leasing the former Spring Shadows Glen Psychiatric Hospital on North Gessner. Morris says when the new campus opens in about five years, all of Menninger's faculty, staff and services will be working under one roof. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.