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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 care and respect...

When I decided to get treatment for my eating disorder, I was told I was too sick for residential treatment. I was referred to Dr. Gaudiani at Denver Health’s ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, and was told they could help get me medically stable. I was severely underweight and was abusing laxatives, and I didn't trust that anybody could help me get off the laxatives, without me suffering severe side effects. When I got to ACUTE, I was taken care of better than I could have expected. Between the doctors, nurses and CNAs I was treated with care and respect. Dr. Gaudiani, Dr. Mehler and Dr. Mascolo, listened to my fears and concerns, and took great care of me. I was alone, scared and there over the Thanksgiving holiday, and all the staff treated me so kindly. Within in 2 weeks I was medically stable and feeling better. The side effects I had suffered before when trying to get off the laxatives didn't happen, and everything they promised, did! I never thought I would be able to recover from my eating disorder, and without Denver Health's ACUTE program, I am not sure I would be in recovery today. They got me medically stable for residential treatment. Thank you to the whole team at Denver Health!!

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.