Meet the ACUTE Admissions Team

  • Nadine Squirek
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    Nadine Squirek

    Lead Admissions Specialist
    Nadine Squirek is the Lead Admission Specialist at ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition.  She is responsible ...
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  • meredith hogg
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    Meredith Hogg

    Admissions Specialist
    Meredith Hogg is an Admission Specialist at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition by Denver Health. She is ...
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  • Jessica Brackin
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    Jessica Pham Brackin, MA, LPCC

    Senior Admissions Strategist
    Jessica Pham Brackin, MA, LPCC holds 10 years' experience in the eating disorder treatment field and has had the privilege of ...
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Admitting to ACUTE

You’re not alone. ACUTE offers hope for survival and recovery.

Before scheduling an admission, each patient's case is considered on an individual basis, taking both medical and psychiatric history into account to ensure that ACUTE is the right fit.

Call (877) 228-8348 to speak directly with an admissions professional to complete an intake assessment or discuss urgent referral.

Typically, ACUTE treats patients of all genders, ages 15 and older, who:

  • Are at a critically low weight, typically less than 70 percent of their ideal body weight AND/OR: 

  • Suffer from life-threatening medical complications including, but not limited to: electrolyte imbalance, severe dehydration, edema (fluid overload), gastrointestinal complications, bradycardia, SMA syndrome, organ failure, previous bouts of refeeding syndrome, etc. 

  • Need assistance to safely and comfortably “detox” from severe substance, alcohol, laxative, or diuretic abuse 

  • Are too critically ill or severely low weight to enter a traditional behavioral inpatient or residential treatment program 

  • Have been told to weight restore and medically stabilize in order to begin or continue a life-saving treatment for disease or infection 

The Admissions Process: Step by Step

  • COMPLETE AN INTAKE ASSESSMENT

    To begin the admissions process, you may call 877-228-8348 to speak with one of ACUTE's admissions team members. The assessment will gather basic information about the patient's medical and psychiatric history, an overview of the patient's eating disorder behaviors, and a history of past eating disorder treatment. We'll also be happy to provide an overview of our program and answer any initial questions that you may have. 

  • FAX MEDICAL RECORDS TO 303-602-5559 OR EMAIL TO ACUTEINFO@DHHA.ORG

    In order to obtain insurance authorization for your stay at ACUTE, we'll need current medical records including: 

    • Recent History & Physical, or Progress Notes with documented height & weight 

    • Labs/Blood Work (Chem-7 panel, serum phosphorus, and magnesium) 

    • Liver Function Tests 

    • Vitals 

    • EKG (if available) 

  • SECURE INSURANCE AUTHORIZATION

    The admissions team will work closely with your medical insurance provider to obtain the required prior-authorization for your stay. ACUTE is in-network with most insurance companies; if your plan is out-of-network, we can pursue an out-of-network waiver or a single case agreement for your stay.

  • SCHEDULE ADMISSION

    Once your admission has been approved by our clinical team and your insurance company has authorized your stay, we'll provide detailed instructions for your admission to ACUTE. 

  • AIR AMBULANCE TRANSFER

    If needed, our team can coordinate air ambulance transfer to Denver. A fleet of medically configured Learjets follow medical protocols written by ACUTE founder Dr. Philip S. Mehler to ensure safe, comfortable domestic or international flights for our patients and their families.

Our Commitment to You:

We recognize that traveling to another city for life-saving medical care can feel overwhelming. Once you reach out to us, you are not alone. We will partner with you and your providers every step along the way. 

To make a referral to ACUTE for medical stabilization for extreme forms of eating disorders or severe malnutrition, contact us at (877) 228-8348 to speak directly with one of our team members.

 

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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