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Founded in 2008 by Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders became the first and only medical inpatient eating disorder treatment program in the country. Located on a dedicated medical unit at Denver Health, ACUTE patients benefit from the extensive support of a major medical hospital while receiving care from a team of experienced professionals that specializes in providing lifesaving eating disorder treatment and conducting revolutionary eating disorder research.

Inside the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, the world’s leading experts provide life-saving medical stabilization for patients suffering from severe eating disorders and the resultant medical complications. Here, we offer hope when all other medical care has failed.

Highly Individualized Treatment Plan

Every patient that enters ACUTE receives a highly individualized treatment plan designed to:

  • Alleviate any medical complications associated with severe anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa,
  • Avoid and manage the potentially fatal risks of refeeding syndrome, and
  • Prepare him/her for a smooth transition into a traditional inpatient or residential eating disorder treatment program.

Why Choose ACUTE?

Patients, families and our referring partners choose ACUTE eating disorder treatment because:

  • ACUTE staff members are specially-trained and exceptionally experienced in caring for patients at this specific stage of eating disorder recovery
  • ACUTE's unique experience and high volume of the most severe eating disorder patients in the country has led to excellent outcomes, short lengths of stay (average length of stay at ACUTE is 14-21 days), rare need for intensive care unit (ICU) transfer and zero mortality among a population of the most at-risk patients
  • Located on a dedicated medical unit at Denver Health Medical Center, ACUTE has unique access to the benefits of a major medical institution, including on-site sub-specialty referrals, intensive care unit services, surgical teams and more
ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

777 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
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Admissions & Medical Evaluation
(844) 884-4926 p
(303) 602-5559 f

Outreach & Public Relations
Rachael Harriman Byrne
ACUTE Administrative Director 
777 Bannock St, MC 7005  
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 602-5550 p

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If you or someone you know is suffering from a severe eating disorder, contact us to learn more about our program, to receive a free medical assessment or to begin the admission or referral process.