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Choosing a Quality Eating Disorder Treatment Provider

By Ellen Broxmeyer, MSW, LCSW, CPHRM
Discover how accreditation leads to better health outcomes in eating disorder treatment centers, and why Eating Recovery Center is proud to be Joint Commission-accredited.
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 Eating disorders have the highest level of mortality (death rate) of all mental health issues.

Due to the serious nature of these illnesses, eating disorder treatment providers and hospitals must uphold the highest standards of excellence.

At Eating Recovery Center, one way that we accomplish this is by seeking accreditation by the Joint Commission.

If you are choosing a treatment provider for an eating disorder, we encourage you to seek out accredited facilities — facilities that assure quality of care, value and strong health outcomes.

Why choose an accredited facility?

Our own Ellen Broxmeyer explains. “There are two words that you need to remember when it comes to choosing an eating disorder treatment facilitysafety and quality.”

When you choose a Joint Commission-accredited facility, like Eating Recovery Center, you know that you will experience the highest standards of safety and quality of care, including the following benefits, just to name a few:

  • Continual monitoring of staff and facilities, including regular safety reviews
  • Implementation of well-researched, evidence-based treatment options by providers
  • Guidance on best practices in administrative and staffing methods, and more

When a provider has Joint Commission accreditation, it means that a careful, lengthy, external review takes place regularly and that the facility is following current best practices for eating disorder treatment.

Accreditation does affect health outcomes

One of the great benefits of Joint Commission accreditation is that accredited facilities actually see better health outcomes in their patients.

Studies show “consistent evidence that accreditation programs improve the process of care provided by healthcare services… and improve clinical outcomes on a wide spectrum of clinical conditions.”

The Joint Commission regularly reviews scientific studies to ensure that best practices in health care are followed, even taking into account updates and perspectives from professionals, doctors, staff, patients and consumers.

A safe place to share your story

As a Joint Commission-accredited facility, Eating Recovery Center constantly receives education and updates regarding best practices in healthcare, including following the most current, specific recommendations regarding health risks like suicide prevention, virus outbreaks and more.

Due to our accredited status, our patients and their families have certain communication privileges and are welcome to provide feedback directly to the Joint Commission.

Patients and family members, along with providers and staff, can share feedback, comments, concerns and complaints to the Joint Commission at anytime through an online form.

The Joint Commission promises to address every complaint and even offers protection to staff, who may want to confidentially report complaints about an organization, through a whistleblower program.

Proud to be accredited by the Joint Commission

We are proud to have earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission. In fact, all of our locations are accredited by the Joint Commission* except one, which is accredited by another agency.

With this Gold Seal of Approval, we are able to offer you and your loved ones comfort and knowledge that you are receiving the highest standard of care in the field of eating disorder treatment.

To review our accreditation quality report and to look up other eating disorder treatment facilities’ accreditation status, please visit qualitycheck.org.


Ellen Broxmeyer, LCSW, CPHRM is the Vice President of Quality, Compliance and Risk Management for Eating Recovery Center.

Britt Berg writes for Eating Recovery Center.

*The Joint Commission is a non-profit, independent organization that reviews and accredits over 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the U.S., holding behavioral health centers and hospitals to the highest standards of safety and quality. In order to be considered as having the Gold Seal of Approval, facilities must be reviewed by the Joint Commission at least once every three years. Accreditation is a voluntary process, but consumers can rest assured that when they choose a Joint Commission-accredited facility, they are choosing a facility that strictly adheres to following the best, evidence-based practices in healthcare.

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Ellen Broxmeyer, MSW, LCSW, CPHRM
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Ellen Broxmeyer, MSW, LCSW, CPHRM

Ellen Broxmeyer has been with Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center for over a decade, and has worked as a clinician and administrator in intensive psychiatric treatment settings since 1992. A native of the east coast, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Ellen specializes in facility licensing and accreditation and has led multiple successful state and national surveys. She leads the company’s Risk Management program and is also skilled in Performance Improvement, legal issues related to mental health care, HIPAA and privacy law, patient rights and ethics, policy development, emergency management, and creating a culture of safety and quality. In addition to these duties, Ellen also oversees the Utilization Review and Medical Records departments at Eating Recovery Center. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) and serves as the Treasurer of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) Denver Metro Chapter.

Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center, Ellen worked at Centennial Peaks Hospital in Louisville, Colorado for 11 years as a director of multiple departments, and also at Magellan Behavioral Health for 4 years as a Crisis Clinician and manager. In addition, she has worked as a clinical social worker at several psychiatric hospitals in both the Denver and Washington, DC areas.

Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood and Anxiety Center are accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.

Organizations that earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards to obtain this distinctive and internationally recognized accreditation. Learn more about this accreditation here.

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