ACUTE's Mission Statement

Our mission is to further improve the expert medical stabilization care for persons affected by the extreme medical complications of eating disorders, as well as those suffering with severe malnutrition stemming from advanced disease or infection, through excellence in medical care, cutting-edge medical research and teaching related to this field.

Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

Reflecting on ACUTE's Mission

Having just rounded on ACUTE, on the first Sunday of 2024, and having seen almost every patient on our unit, I wanted to briefly reflect on what you are part of here, whether you are a patient, a referring provider or a teammate.  

I voyaged, Columbus-like, into the new world of the first medical stabilization unit for those with extreme forms of eating disorders almost 25 years ago. At the time, the thesis of a paucity of credible medical care for this vulnerable patient population, impelled me, with the help of others, to witness the genesis of ACUTE as a formal unit on 4B at Denver Health Medical Center, where I was serving concurrently as Denver's Health's Chief Medical Officer (CMO).  ACUTE had a staff of 2 at that time, 1 RN and 1 part-time RD; truthfully, I never fathomed that ACUTE, as it now exists, would extend my vision beyond the parochial bounds of a small service at Denver Health. The images of the horribly malnourished patients admitting to ACUTE are stirring and indelible. Just last week ACUTE had yet another paper accepted for publication in the most respected eating disorders journal, International Journal of Eating Disorders.  In almost 35 years of academic work in this field, I have never seen a reviewer’s comment like I read. They kindly wrote, “The group from ACUTE carries well-earned and enormous clinical credence in the national eating disorder field.  We appreciate them again sharing their always good data...”  What an amazing tribute to ACUTE. 

The integrity of ACUTE’s commitment to patients is unimpeachable. Our efforts buoy the spirits of our patients and their families and give them good reason to reclaim life; the beneficence, largess and acumen of our team of skilled providers literally saves the lives of young people, on a daily basis, who are afflicted with these highly lethal and tormenting diseases.  Every day, the ACUTE team shows our best, selfless selves and deep empathy for these fragile patients, many of whom travel great distances to trust our care. 

Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS
Founder & Executive Medical Director, ACUTE Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders and Severe Malnutrition, Denver Health

Glassman Endowed Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

When hope is enveloped in darkness, ACUTE maintains the solidarity we have gained and reputation forged across 17 years of compassionate excellence. We deliver hope for survival and recovery.

Dr. Philip Mehler, Founder and Executive Medical Director

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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