Inpatient Program for Children and Adolescents
The foundation of any eating disorder recovery begins with medical and psychiatric stability, which involves nutrition, rest and medication, to restore well being.
The Inpatient program at Eating Recovery Center is designed to support children and teens that are acutely ill and are experiencing medical 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 social support prepare patients to step-down to the Residential level of care.
While the Inpatient level of care offers 24/7 medical and psychological support to address the physical complications that often arise as a result of an eating disorder, patients are not confined to a hospital bed or to their room. To the extent that they are physically able, patients are encouraged to participate in community meetings, groups and individual therapy and interact with the supportive treatment community of patients and staff.
Extremely low-weight child and adolescent 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 Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center, to facilitate a successful transition to Inpatient treatment.