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 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.

Medical Support

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.

Inpatient Program Medical and Clinical Leadership

Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, CEDS

Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services

“We have drifted away from shaming and blaming of families and have moved toward an understanding that families are an integral part of eating disorders treatment, not only in helping an individual respond well to treatment, but also go onto lasting recovery.”

Elizabeth Easton, PsyD

Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services

“Eating Recovery Center is unique in the way we treat children and adolescents. We have all levels of care from Inpatient for medical stabilization to Residential treatment for 24-hour care, and on down to Partial Hospitalization, where patients and families reconnect with one another in a very real, authentic way and start getting back to real life.”

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”

Resources

La Recuperación en la Anorexia Nerviosa

Esta es la versión en español de un discurso donde a la Conferencia Montañas Rocosas sobre los trastornos de la conducta alimentaria. Se trata de dos de los enfoques mayores del tratamiento al Eating Recovery Center, la evitación experiencial y la consciencia de los valores.

Testimonials

“ERC offers a complete program by utilizing a variety of services: inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and residential. I am impressed by the treatment given to eating disorder clients that includes tracking “temperament” and “character.” DBT seems to leave out many factors including self-directedness. After hearing Dr. Bishop speak [about ERC treatment philosophies], I am motivated to learn more about ACT. “

-Sharon P., Eating Disorders Professional