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ACUTE Adds New Provider Relationship Manager

The ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, a National Center of Excellence for the medical stabilization for patients with severe and extreme medical complications of eating disorders, is pleased to announce the recent addition of Casey Shamy, MSW, as provider relationship manager serving the east coast markets.

“The growth of the marketing team, and the addition of Casey at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, is a direct result of the  growing need of patients needing ACUTE’s medical care for the most severe forms of eating disorders and malnutrition. We’re excited to have Casey and her talents as a part of our team,” said Adam Leggett, MA, Field Marketing Manager at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders.

In her new role, Casey will be responsible for referent relationship management on the east coast as ACUTE experiences ongoing growth and an evident need for ACUTE’s care in this market. She is also tasked with the development of new relationships between specialists, providers and patients to create a collaborative environment that helps facilitate admissions to ACUTE in order to generate medical stabilization and a path forward to positive patient outcomes.In addition to her role of helping to drive the ACUTE marketing team towards success, Casey’s end goal is to provide families and providers with enhanced access to life-saving care at ACUTE for those struggling with extreme forms of eating disorders.

“ACUTE is committed to improving access to our well-acclaimed medical stabilization care for persons affected by the severe and extreme complications of the disease, and the addition of Casey to our marketing team marks a further significant step in achieving that goal,” said Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS, ACUTE’s Founder and Executive Medical Director. “The ACUTE marketing teams’ expansion is in response to ongoing increasing ACUTE referrals from medical hospitals via air ambulance, as well as more residential treatment center referrals.”

Casey adds a wealth of marketing expertise to the ACUTE team and brings 12 years of behavioral health experience in both clinical and marketing roles, predominantly in the treatment of eating disorders. Before accepting her current role, Shamy served in a variety of roles throughout her career where she held responsibility for direct patient care, admissions and discharge planning, and business development.

“I’m thrilled to join such a mission-driven team that works tirelessly to save the lives of patients needing medical stabilization for life-threatening eating disorders,” said Shamy. “The ACUTE team’s commitment to research, education and industry collaboration combined with evidenced-based practices and expert care is exciting. ACUTE is an unmatched Center of Excellence in the care that they provide, and I’m proud to represent this organization as ACUTE continues to grow and expand.”

Shamy received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Monmouth University in Psychology and Social Work. “Her clinical expertise combined with her natural talents in marketing and provider relationship management make her a distinguished asset to our team,” said Adam Leggett, MA, ACUTE Field Marketing Manager.

ACUTE recently expanded their medical and clinical care to include adolescents as young as 15 years of age. Therefore, ACUTE now also includes adolescent medicine specialists, pediatric intensivists, child and adolescent psychiatrists and social workers.  ACUTE has also increased its number of other ancillary professional disciplines to support its additional expanded patient capacity and renowned multidisciplinary team:

  • Child Life: ACUTE will utilize the Child Life Specialty Team at Denver Health Medical Center to enhance the pediatric-specific care for our adolescent patients.
  • Dietary: Patients will benefit from expanded Registered Dietitian care to now cover 6 days per week of 1-on-1 sessions. Nearly all ACUTE dietitians are Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) designated by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professional (iaedp).
  • Social Work: Ongoing expertise with adult eating disorder patients and now also with the adolescent population.
  • Occupational & Physical Therapy: Patients will continue to receive personalized care from ACUTE’s two dedicated Occupational Therapists and two Physical Therapists with their on-unit gym.
  • Pet therapy: Clinically indicated emotional support pet therapy will be increasingly available to serve all patients.

“Our team has witnessed amazing recovery stories because we integrate daily comprehensive medical care, driven by clinical guidelines and expertise consensus along with additional robust ancillary therapy services and nutritional guidance to create favorable outcomes, medical stabilization and nutritional rehabilitation. We’re excited to expand our team,” said Dennis Gibson, MD, CEDS, Assistant Medical Director at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders.

ACUTE continues to serve as the leader in the nation’s eating disorder space by providing unique comprehensive multi-disciplinary medical care for gender-diverse patients who suffer from the most extreme and severe medical complications. The collaboration and coordination with residential treatment center partners before admission, during medical stabilization care at ACUTE, and post step-down back to the residential treatment center of origination are basic tenets of ACUTE which help patients achieve meaningful recovery.

ACUTE also serves the outpatient eating disorder provider community and every hospital nationwide who identify and admit patients with severe and extreme medical complications requiring its comprehensive, life-saving care. Air-ambulance transport is readily available for patients who are unable to fly commercially to the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health.

“ACUTE is on a mission to further improve access to medical-based eating disorder care for all persons affected by the severe and extreme complications of the disease, and the addition of Casey to our marketing team marks a further significant step in moving toward that goal,” said Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS, ACUTE’s Founder and Executive Medical Director. “We are also increasingly mindful of the ongoing spectrum of significant complications which can develop in these patients with Atypical Anorexia Nervosa as a result of their marked weight suppression.”

ACUTE has treated nearly 2,000 patients since 2004, and it was recognized as the first-ever Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, by Anthem, Inc. in 2018.


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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