NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Psychiatric Programs Renamed

Manhattan and Westchester United Under Payne Whitney Name

Apr 20, 2004

New York, NY

To better reflect the quality and extent of the psychiatry programs and services offered at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City and Westchester, both locations will now operate under the Payne Whitney name. In New York City, Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic will now be known as Payne Whitney Manhattan, and, on the campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division, all psychiatry programs and services will now be known as Payne Whitney Westchester.

Renaming the psychiatric programs provides consistency and cohesiveness to the extensive psychiatric services offered by NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell both in New York City and Westchester. The Payne Whitney name is well known throughout the psychiatric community and was selected because it connotes high-quality psychiatric services and programs with the general public.

The combined programs offered by the two Payne Whitney locations provide a complete continuum of in-patient and outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. Over the years its experts have been in the forefront of advancing treatments, furthering the understanding of mental illness and emotional problems, and training future behavioral health-care specialists.

Dr. Philip J. Wilner, Vice President for Behavioral Health and Medical Director at Payne Whitney, said that the name change represents the culmination of 10 years of restructuring the Psychiatry Department's services and realigning faculty responsibilities to better reflect the concept of a single, outstanding department with a common mission.

In the past, both programs were officially operated under the name Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry, although the general public usually referred to them by their less formal local names.

Founded in 1932, Payne Whitney Manhattan is located in a new 12-story building overlooking the East River between 68th and 70th Streets. It has 64 beds and offers a diversity of specialized programs and an extensive array of outpatient programs.

Payne Whitney Westchester, located on the campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division, was founded in 1894 and is the second oldest psychiatric hospital in the nation. It has 258 beds, 13 in-patient units, and offers a wide array of outpatient services.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in New York and one of the most comprehensive health-care institutions in the nation. NewYork-Presbyterian and its affiliated medical schools, Columbia University College of Physicians Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College, are recognized for state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and research in all specialties and subspecialties. The Hospital's psychiatric services are ranked among the nation's best by US News World Report.