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.

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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.

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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