Adolescents with the Most Extreme Forms of Eating Disorders
Both male and female patients from the age of 15—regardless of how low their BMI is—are accepted at ACUTE.
A 30-bed telemetry unit, ACUTE provides inpatient medical treatment for life-threatening eating disorder complications, as well as behavioral support tailored to the needs of adolescents.
When your young loved one is experiencing life-threatening medical issues, experience matters. ACUTE has been designated as a “Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders” by Anthem, the first and only program to be recognized with this honor.
Support for Teens and Families
- Specialized medical care from the world’s leading experts in the medical treatment of eating disorders in adolescents
- Behavioral health support from psychologists specializing in adolescent eating disorders
- 24/7 1:1 support from a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Behavioral Health Technician (BHT)
- Additional medical support and consultation from an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in eating disorders, and collaboration with any needed Denver Health medical specialists
- Seamless collaboration with Denver Health’s Pediatric ICU (when necessary)
- A dedicated Child Life Specialist to help adolescents cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability and hospitalization
- Extended visiting hours for families and caregivers
- Family psychoeducation
- Pet therapy
- Discharge support, including transition to an adolescent residential eating disorder program or appropriate next level of care to continue recovery
Note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, family visitation capabilities may be different to maintain strict infection control policies that keep our patients safe. Our admissions team can explain what to expect during an initial assessment.