In Every Hospital, There is a Patient with an Extreme Eating Disorder or Severe Malnutrition

These patients are severely low weight, languishing in a medical unit, displaying complex psychiatric symptoms and not improving despite your best efforts. Patients with extreme anorexia nervosa or malnutrition stemming from advanced disease or infection are at significantly increased risk for many serious medical complications secondary to their state of malnutrition and also with initial refeeding. If your caseload includes a medically complex patient with a BMI < 15, a compassionate transfer may be the answer.  

The ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition is the world’s only Center of Excellence specializing in medically supervised weight restoration and expert nutritional rehabilitation. ACUTE works with hospitals across the country—and around the world—to offer these complex patients, many of whom are on the brink of death, hope for both survival and recovery. 

Why do Hospitals Refer to ACUTE?

  • Evidence-based care from the world’s experts at Denver Health Medical Center
  • Treatment for the most medically complex cases of eating disorders and severe malnutrition
  • Private telemetry unit, private patient rooms, room-based treatment, unmatched social distancing
  • Thousands of lives saved over since 2001
  • Seamless referrals with expedited admissions 24/7
  • Dedicated admissions, insurance & discharge team
  • Billing the medical benefit
  • Bedside-to-bedside transfer via air-ambulance

When to Refer

  • BMI < 15
  • Complex medical issues
  • Intense behavioral symptoms
  • Malnutrition and purging, which lead to life-threatening complications


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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