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Our Eating Disorder Treatment Services

ACUTE Services

ACUTE Nurse Providing Patient Education

The ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders cares for patients suffering from severe anorexia and bulimia nervosa who are typically too ill to begin their treatment a traditional eating disorder treatment facility.

Comprehensive Medical Stabilization

Medical stabilization is the first step in successful recovery from an eating disorder. The goal of medical stabilization at ACUTE is to prepare patients for the next stage in their recovery and increase their chance for success by resolving any medical issues prior to intensive programming.

ACUTE provides comprehensive and intensive support to help patients gain medical stability and reduce their risk for developing refeeding syndrome and other serious medical complications that are common in early refeeding.

Our team works collaboratively to develop a highly individualized treatment plan addressing both the physical and emotional concerns surrounding the eating disorder.

In addition, our team works with each patient to establish a discharge plan early on and communicates with the accepting facility throughout stabilization to ensure a seamless transition for continued care.

Treatment Plan

ACUTE provides customized and comprehensive therapy for each patient. Our multidisciplinary team works together to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient that addresses the specific physical and mental aspects of his/her illness.

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Dr. Brown Discussing Treatment with Patient

Depending on the team's assessment at the severity of each patient's case, typical length of stay at ACUTE is 14 to 21 days. Each treatment plan is completely individualized to the patient's individual needs.

A typical treatment plan includes:

  • Daily rounds with internal medicine physicians who specialize in severe eating disorder complications
  • Regular individual sessions and menu planning with a registered dietitian
  • Private meal time with supervision and encouragement
  • Daily (M-F) individual psychotherapy with ACUTE's staff psychologist
  • Individual sessions and psychiatric medication management with a consulting psychiatrist (several times per week)
  • Physical therapy evaluation and assessment of balance, fall risk and mobility
  • Physical therapy sessions to recondition and strengthen muscles
  • Speech and language therapy sessions, including work to correct dysphagia and/or related swallowing complications

Other ACUTE services include:

  • Daily consultation from specialists such as endocrinologists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, nephrologists
  • Specialized support including wound care, social work, chaplain services
  • Surgical expertise in placement of feeding tubes, if needed
  • The safety of the Denver Health’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the same building
  • In-room certified nursing assistants available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (used to assure physical safety, prevent eating disordered behaviors, and provide continual patient support)
  • Heart monitoring available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

777 Bannock Street 
Denver, CO 80204
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Admissions & Medical Evaluation
(877) ACUTE-4U phone
(877) 228-8348 phone
(303) 602-5559 fax

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.