Inpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders and Severe Malnutrition

ACUTE is a hospital-based, 30-bed medical stabilization unit treating only patients who are experiencing serious, uncomfortable and life-threatening medical complications from an eating disorder or severe malnutrition.

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Conditions Treated at ACUTE

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a highly lethal mental disorder manifested by marked food restrictions, resulting in a very thin body habitus, an abnormal focus on body image and a host of medical complications which progress as the malnutrition worsens.


Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is an eating disorder characterized by a dangerous cycle of bingeing and purging via compensatory behaviors to rid the body of ingested calories and prevent weight gain.


Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)

Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) is a feeding disturbance characterized by a persistent failure to meet appropriate nutritional or energy needs.


Atypical Anorexia Nervosa

A myth in eating disorders is that restrictive eating disorders including anorexia nervosa and ARFID are only are problematic at very low BMIs and % Ideal Body Weight (IBW).


Non-Eating Disorder Severe Malnutrition

Non-tuberculosis mycobacterium infection (NTM, aka MAI), cancer, HIV or other chronic infections can cause significant unintended weight loss and medical instability related to malnutrition.  

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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