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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

My recovery at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders was the most positive and life changing medical treatment I have ever experienced.

Before entering their treatment program at the hospital, I had been suffering for over 10 years of not only my eating disorder, but also mistreatment by other less qualified physicians. I endured what seemed like an endless cycle of arduous medical testing and countless blood draws; all without any diagnosis or any chance at recovering my health and ultimately my life. I missed out on a lot of life experiences that my peers enjoyed and I was in chronic pain both emotionally and physically. By the time I got to ACUTE I was at my breaking point. There were many times where I had given up leading a healthy life and given up pursuing my goals in life. My life had all but collapsed from my condition. I had dropped out of college, became totally isolated from my peers, lost my relationship, and struggled to be close with anyone including my family. I felt no one could or would be willing to help me. I felt very alone. After attempting treatment in an outpatient program, it became clear that I would require hospitalization to end my substance abuse, restricting, and exercise addiction. My health was so compromised that without ACUTE, I could have lost my life to my eating disorder.

The thought of a lengthy hospital stay was intimidating, but I truly felt ACUTE was the right place for me to get well. Being a young male, I was always concerned treatment would be difficult since it is less common for males to enter these types of programs. They welcomed me with open arms, always staying positive, giving me hope that I wasn’t alone in my fight, and that they would gladly do everything in their power to turn my life around. Everyone at the hospital was outstanding. From all my CNAs, the dieticians, all my nurses, and of course the excellent team of doctors that treated my case. My treatment by: Dr. Bahia, Dr. Cleary, Dr. Gaudiani, & Dr. Mehler was amazing. I finally felt I had found physicians that were experts in the treatment of eating disorders and they proved it every day I was under their care. I never felt judged or just like another patient. I realized how invested the medical staff was to improving my health and my quality of life. With their expertise within about 2 & half weeks, I was recovering, gaining emotional and physical strength, and was ready to move the next stage in my overcoming my eating disorder. Now, I am gaining my life back. I feel a great relief, and continue to get healthier with every passing month. I am finishing college and look forward to pursuing goals I set out to accomplish a long time ago. I am humbled by the care I received and extend my fondest gratitude to my team at ACUTE, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!

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 Byrne
ACUTE Administrative Director 
777 Bannock St, MC 7005  
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.