ACUTE Remains Uniquely Suited to Treat Patients During COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to be an emerging and rapidly evolving medical crisis. Throughout the pandemic and even now, as the US endeavors mass vaccination and with a potential end in sight, ACUTE remains able to care for the most vulnerable patients with eating disorders safely and efficiently.

Expert treatment for the life-threatening medical complications of severe eating disorders cannot wait until COVID-19 subsides and the world normalizes. Call our dedicated Admissions team today to discuss immediate referral for survival and recovery. 

It may be helpful to know:  

  • ACUTE is a private unit in Denver Health Medical Center, a nationally ranked academic medical center with a reputation for excellence in patient safety and medical infection control procedures.
  • ACUTE’s unit consists of 30 private patient rooms (including private bathrooms), allowing for minimal contact with other patients in a calm, quiet setting for healing and recovery.
  • ACUTE utilizes a room-based treatment model, allowing for effective social distancing on the unit.
  • ACUTE’s admissions team performs a COVID-19 screening during the initial assessment, and patients are rescreened for any symptoms upon arrival.
  • Negative COVID-19 test required prior to admission.
  • If commercial air travel is in question for your patients, ACUTE partners with Angel MedFlight and AireCARE1 for safe patient transport on private medically-configured learjets. These partners seamlessly adhere to all evolving guidelines for inbound patient transfers at Denver Health, and follow the transport protocols authored by ACUTE founder Dr. Philip S. Mehler.
  • Our clinical teams work closely with patients, families and referring providers related to discharge planning and relevant developing coronavirus issues.

Please contact us with any questions or for referral guidance. 


Air-Ambulance Transport

During COVID-19, as many as 48% of ACUTE patients arrived to care via air-ambulance transport.

Hospital Case Managers

If your caseload includes patients with anorexia nervosa and/or severely underweight patients with concerning medical problems, ACUTE can help you:

  • Gain disposition clarity for challenging patients with severe eating disorders and malnutrition
  • Provide specialty treatment in a Center of Excellence
  • Facilitate immediate air ambulance transport in partnership with Angel Medflight

Physicians Delivering Telehealth

Americans may still be avoiding hospitals and medical offices fearing COVID-19 exposure, even in the face of life-threatening symptoms like heart attack, stroke and diabetic emergency. Medical providers can effectively assess patients with medical complications of severe eating disorders even in a telehealth setting, and facilitate immediate referral to a specialty Center of Excellence. 

Seamless, Safe Transport

90% of privately insured patients have an air-ambulance benefit. During COVID-19, as many as half of patients have traveled to ACUTE via air ambulance because of their compromised medical status, as well as ongoing safety challenges of commercial air travel. This video discusses air ambulance transport to ACUTE during COVID-19. 


Social Distancing in Treatment

ACUTE is a private hospital unit with private patient rooms and utilizes a room-based care model. This approach is uniquely effective for infection control and patient safety, especially when used in conjunction with ACUTE’s mandatory COVID-19 testing prior to admission. In this video, infectious disease expert discusses ACUTE's COVID-19 capabilities. 

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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