Increased Demand for Treatment of Severe Eating Disorders Drives Eating Recovery Center to Expand
Denver-based behavioral hospital doubles capacity of inpatient servicesDenver, CO (October 5, 2009) – Answering increasing demand for specialized treatment of severe eating disorders, Eating Recovery Center (www.eatingrecoverycenter.com), a behavioral hospital focused on comprehensive and sustainable treatment of eating disorders, today announced that it will double its patient capacity, expanding its inpatient facilities from 12 beds to 24. Eating Recovery Center is the only treatment center in the Rocky Mountain region providing extensive inpatient care for severe eating disorders alongside outpatient services. Currently, the center serves 12 patients in overnight inpatient and residential programs and additional patients in partial hospitalization and outpatient programs. Once expansion is completed, the newly expanded Denver eating disorder treatment center and its staff will comfortably accommodate 24 inpatient and residential patients. “Eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness and have increased demand for inpatient programs across the country,” explains Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, medical director and co-founder of Eating Recovery Center. “We feel a responsibility as the only center in the region offering this level of specialized care to completely utilize our space and expand our areas of treatment for severe eating disorders by increasing from 12 to 24 inpatient beds.” With an expected completion date of November 2009, expansion will not go without some rearrangements within the center itself. Currently located on the fifth floor of 1830 Franklin Street in Denver, Eating Recovery Center will relocate its administrative offices to the fourth floor and transition all fifth floor areas to accommodate patient care. “Allowing a patient to begin treatment and step down through different levels of care in the same setting – all with one treatment team – can dramatically increase their chances at a long-term recovery,” explains Weiner. “The Center’s expansion will help us give more people the opportunity to achieve sustainable recovery from their eating disorder.” Eating Recovery Center, the newest Eating Disorder Center in Denver, was founded in October 2008 by renowned experts Dr. Kenneth L. Weiner and Dr. Emmett R. Bishop, who have separately founded numerous other treatment centers throughout the country. Eating Recovery Center proves to be the culmination of the two doctors’ efforts and expertise.