Inpatient Adult Eating Disorder Treatment Program
The foundation of any eating disorder recovery begins with medical and mood stability, which involves nutrition, rest and medication, to restore well being. The Inpatient program at Eating Recovery Center is designed to support women and men that are acutely ill and are experiencing medical and mood instability as a result of their eating disorder. This level of care focuses primarily on weight restoration and medical stabilization, and offers round-the-clock nursing supervision, direct psychiatric care and medication management. Nourishing meals and psycho-social support prepare patients for step-down to Residential level of care. It is important to note that, while the Inpatient level of care offers 24/7 medical support to address the physical and psychiatric complications that often arise as a result of an eating disorder, patients are not confined to a hospital bed or room. To the extent that they are physically able, patients at the Inpatient level of care are encouraged to participate in Eating Recovery Center’s programming and interact with the supportive treatment community of patients and staff. In addition to offering 24/7 nursing supervision, medical management and the oversight of a full-time internal medicine physician, Eating Recovery Center’s Behavioral Hospital for Adults is located on a medical campus adjacent to two major hospitals and 1,000+ physicians. This close proximity allows the treatment team to address the medical complications that often accompany eating disorders, and supports a seamless transition to acute care should emergency medical intervention become necessary.
Extremely low-weight adult patients may require medical stabilization prior to admission. In such circumstances, Eating Recovery Center partners with the A.C.U.T.E. Center (Acute Comprehensive Urgent Treatment for Eating Disorders) at Denver Health Medical Center. Patients stabilizing in the A.C.U.T.E. Center receive intensive medical support from Drs. Phil Mehler, Denver Health’s Chief Medical Officer and expert on the medical complications of eating disorders, and Jennifer Gaudiani, the Center’s Assistant Medical Director, as well as therapeutic support from Eating Recovery Center’s senior clinical leadership to facilitate a successful transition to Inpatient treatment.