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ACUTE Eating Disorder Stories

We’d like you to meet some of our patients through their personal eating disorder stories. You’ll discover how ACUTE can help break the seemingly never-ending cycle of emergency room visits and ineffective medical care by providing definitive stabilization in the hands of our caring and compassionate eating disorder specialists. Hundreds of patients have been successfully discharged from our care.

A Lifelong Eating Disorder Battle – and How I Survived: Betty’s Story Monday, July 18, 20160

A Lifelong Eating Disorder Battle – and How I Survived: Betty’s Story

I now realize that treatment should not feel like babysitting. At ACUTE, I finally found a team and program that helped save my life.
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Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS

In 2008, Dr. Gaudiani helped start the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders and position it as the nation’s top medical stabilization center for adults with eating disorders too medically compromised to receive care in a mental health setting.

Testimonial from Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, Former Medical Director of ACUTE

ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, without a question, provides the best multidisciplinary medical stabilization in the United States for adults with eating disorders. The physicians are hand-picked for their warm, compassionate, competent, and highly dedicated natures. They deeply care about each patient and family as an individual, spending lots of time at the bedside getting to know the whole person, while also participating in key clinical research and constantly working to improve care through quality improvement initiatives. The psychologists are remarkable, connecting with patients 1:1 and meeting them where they are, very warmly establishing bonds that allow patients to discover and refresh their awareness of their top values, to help motivate them through the darker moments of recovery. The dietitians are the absolute best in the country for nutritional rehabilitation of critically ill patients. They too meet 1:1 with every patient, establishing a personal relationship and working with the patients to help establish a new, healthier relationship with food. The physical and occupational therapists are doing absolutely ground-breaking work with patients from the time of admission, recognizing that bedrest is the last thing most of our patients need: rather, they need to be carefully and expertly reunited with their bodies, strengthened and supported in regaining independence and a sense of healthy physicality. And the nurses and CNAs are so supportive and aware of how hard eating disorders can be, ready at any hour to comfort and reassure. I'm in a great position to speak about ACUTE's wonderfulness, because I got to help lead it for almost eight years. Now that I'm in private practice in the outpatient setting, I will be sending any patient of mine who requires medical stabilization to ACUTE. The intake staff are incredibly responsive and warm, helping guide patients and families through this bewildering and stressful time with a sure hand. Where the average (top) hospital has good intentions, invariably it lacks this complete eating disorder specialist team that has been assembled and worked together for so many years, each member of which is vital to the holistic approach that makes ACUTE successful in providing definitive medical stabilization to the remarkable patients who admit. I cannot recommend ACUTE highly enough!

Patient Testimonials

I was treated with the utmost respect...

Battling an eating disorder can be one of the scariest experiences a person (and their family and friends) can face, especially when looking for, and contemplating, treatment. If you are reading this, I’m guessing you understand that statement on a more personal level.

As a young lady who has struggled with an eating disorder for over 15 years, I know first-hand how scary it can be to relinquish control and ask for help. As a family member and/or friend, I also recognize how difficult it can be to watch your loved one struggle with the decision to live or die.

I was faced with this dilemma just a few weeks ago. Basically, I could seek treatment and choose life, or continue unhealthy eating disorder behaviors and risk not waking up in the morning, which became more and more of a reality for me and those who love me so much. Denver Health’s ACUTE program was recommended. I was hesitant and scared, yet knew I needed some type of intervention and immediate help if I wanted to live, which I desperately do.

From the moment I made the phone call to Denver Health, I was treated with the utmost respect and professionalism by Dr. Mehler, Dr. Gaudiani, and the entire staff. They got information from me and based on the severity of my situation, immediately began to make arrangements and recommendations for me to get to Denver as soon as possible. As a working professional, they were flexible with me as I made personal arrangements with work and family obligations. Dr. Gaudiani made phone calls and corresponded via e-mail to make the option to come to Denver Health a reality. I was completely at ease with her as she gently, yet knowledgably explained the severity of the disease and the need for professional treatment. She is positive and brilliant, yet direct and forthright as to the severity and nature of eating disorders. She truly cared about ME and I felt that before I even met her.

As soon as I walked in the doors of Denver Health, a burden was lifted. I finally felt safe and was able to trust the professionals (because that is what they truly are!) to give ME the treatment I needed. They met with me daily and made adjustments as necessary to my treatment, again to fit ME, my body and my needs. Individuals with eating disorders have similar struggles and the re-feeding process involves common side effects, which the doctors and nurses monitored carefully, once again treating the patient on an individual basis.

Everyone I interacted with was personal, friendly and SO knowledgeable about treating not only eating disorders, but truly the individual. Dr. Mehler, Chief Medical Officer of Denver Health and world-renowned expert in the field of Eating Disorders, made a point to visit with me and check on me throughout my stay. Dr. Gaudiani assessed and made daily changes according to my struggles, wants and needs, as well as made adjustments and recommendations pertinent to my care. Nurses and staff were constant, positive and thorough. They truly take a team approach which I so appreciate. They are aware of, and incorporate, cutting-edge research to guide their practice, but more importantly, carefully monitor labs, glucose levels, vitals, electrolytes, weight, etc. to cater treatment to the INDIVIDUAL. I will be forever grateful for the care they took in my medical stabilization so I am ready for the next step in my treatment and road to full recovery!

Family Testimonials

The ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders saves the lives of severe eating disorder patients, and their loved ones are often the most vocal and most grateful.

Healthcare Professional Testimonials

The ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders is proud of the outstanding reputation our specialized care has built, as demonstrated in the testimonials shared by other healthcare professionals. Through our close relationships with referring providers and treatment programs nation-wide, ACUTE is able to provide life-saving treatment to patients from across the country.

ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

777 Bannock Street 
Denver, CO 80204
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(844) 781-4955 phone
(303) 602-5559 fax
ACUTEinfo@dhha.org

Outreach & Public Relations
Rachael Harriman
ACUTE Program Manager 
777 Bannock St, MC 8105 
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 602-5550

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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.