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Passion for Saving Lives at ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders

According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, at least 30 million Americans suffer from eating disorders and one person dies as a direct result of an eating disorder every 62 minutes.

That’s one reason Dr. Philip Mehler founded the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health – the only medical stabilization eating disorder program in the U.S.

Dr. Mehler’s passion for helping patients with eating disorders goes back to his days as a resident. A young woman with anorexia checked into the hospital he was working at and died. He says he was struck by the fact that this person with no other medical problems died from her anorexia nervosa.

“These patients are vulnerable because there are no good resources for these patients at the depth and severity of the illness that they present with at ACUTE,” Mehler said.

He says he wants to help save these young people’s lives so they can share their stories with others to prevent new cases of eating disorders.

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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