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.

Medical Support

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.

Inpatient Program Medical and Clinical Leadership

Jane Miceli, MD

Medical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services

“At Eating Recovery Center, our treatment philosophy emphasizes thorough assessment, innovative evidence-based interventions and comprehensive discharge planning to support lasting recovery outside of the structured treatment environment.”

Cynthia Pikus, PhD

Clinical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services, Associate Chief Clinical Officer

“One thing I always want to impress upon potential patients, their families and referring professionals is that we involve them throughout the treatment process. The objective is to become educated, focused and knowledgeable about how to treat the patient, and also how to support their recovery after they leave Eating Recovery Center.”

Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN

Chief Nursing Officer

“Dedication, caring and wisdom are evident in all aspects of the treatment program at Eating Recovery Center. Our highly-skilled, compassionate staff, combined with our commitment to implementing evidence-based techniques, can pull someone out of the depths of an eating disorder and start them on the road to recovery.”

Marla Scanzello, MS, RD

Director of Dietary Services

“The role of nutrition services is very important in the treatment of an eating disorder. Our dietitians work with patients who are often terrified of eating, to help them eat, achieve a balanced pattern of nutrition and reach a healthy weight for optimal recovery.”


The Journalist’s Guide to Eating Disorders

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I learned so much about the traits of the disorder and all of the parts about my character and inner landscape that I had never taken the time to appreciate. I am so grateful for the ERC.

-Emily S., former patient