Sept. 2012
In This Issue
Meeting Your Needs
In the Media: GQ
New Website
Research & Publication
ACUTE Outreach
ACUTE Events

September 28-29:
San Francisco, CA

Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders Conference

 Rachael Harriman, Exhibiting  



October 11-13:

St. Petersburg, FL

National Eating Disorders Association Conference 

Kalena Wilkinson, Exhibiting

Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, Attending 



October 17-20:
Denver, CO

CeDAR Women with Addiction Conference 

Rachael Harriman, Exhibiting



October 26:

Oakbrook, IL

ANAD Midwest Eating Disorders Conference

Rachael Harriman,




November 2-3:

Nashville, TN

Eating Disorder Coalition of Tennessee Annual Forum

Rachael Harriman,




December 1:

New York City, NY

New York IAEDP Chapter Holiday Gala

Rachael Harriman and

Dr. Philip Mehler, Attending


ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health is the nation's only specialized medical stabilization  center providing care for  the most medically compromised eating disorder patients. For more information about ACUTE or a free medical assessment, call 877 ACUTE 4U or visit ACUTE online.


Expanding to Meet Your Needs


The ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders has expanded to offer increased patient capacity in an effort to eliminate waiting lists and allow for urgent admissions as needed. At ACUTE we realize that the need for specialized medical stabilization is crucial to the recovery process and want to accommodate the needs of our growing referral base.

  • ACUTE RoomBrand new, dedicated medical unit 
  • Benefits of a major medical institution
  • Private patient rooms & bathrooms
  • Denver Health's renowned quality of care

To schedule an admission for medical stabilization, call (877) ACUTE 4U (877-228-8348)


ACUTE in the Media


GQ Magazine: Why Men are Becoming Anorexic
 The team from ACUTE recently hosted a writer from GQ Magazine on the unit and spent the day providing education and insight into the world of the most medically ill eating disorder patients in the country.  The story, "Why Men are Becoming Anorexic" highlights the struggle of four young men from around the country, all at different stages of their struggle with life threatening eating disorders. One of those men is Will, an ACUTE patient working his way toward recovery. 
 Thanks to GQ for bringing male eating disorders to light and thanks to Will for bravely sharing his story with the world. 


 20% of Anorexics are Men...

"Twenty percent. And rising. More and more men are starving themselves to death in a pathological pursuit of perfection. Male anorexics have much in common with women who suffer from the same debilitating illness, but there's a striking difference: For the vast majority of men, help is not on the way..."

Read the full article here.


For more information about specialized medical stabilization for men at ACUTE, click here.

All New ACUTE Website 

ACUTE has launched a new website with detailed information for patients, families and professionals. The new website features educational content, detailed program information, ACUTE in the media, and more. Take a moment to review some of our new and improved features including a specific section, just for professionals!

Featured Highlights:
  • For Professionals
  • Tour ACUTE
  • Admission & Referral Process
  • Treatment Plan 
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Research & Education



ACUTE Research & Publication


What the Emergency Department Needs to Know When Caring for Your Patients With Eating Disorders

Mascolo M, Trent S, Colwell C, Mehler PS


The newest addition to ACUTE's list of educational publications was released online by the International Journal of Eating Disorders this summer, "What Emergency Department Needs to Know When Caring for Your Patients With Eating Disorders." The article identifies the common presentation of eating disorder patients in the emergency department and serves as a guide to ED pysicians for the proper care and management of these patients.  The article also aims to improve communication between mental health professionals and emergency room physicians when transferring care of a patient with an eating disorder.

The article is availble with subscription to the International Journal of Eating Disorders, or available by single use for a small fee. For abstract and full text article, visit Wiley Online Library.  

Mascolo, M., Trent, S., Colwell, C. and Mehler, P. S. (2012), What the emergency department needs to know when caring for your patients with eating disorders. Int. J. Eat. Disord.. doi: 10.1002/eat.22035

ACUTE Information Close to Home


ACUTE's Outreach Manager, Rachael Harriman, will be visiting professionals and treatment programs across the country this fall. If you would like to schedule a visit, or are interested in having Drs. Mehler or Gaudiani speak at your upcoming event, please contact

We look forward to meeting you!
About ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health


Philip S Mehler, MD, FAED, FACP, CEDS
Philip S. Mehler, MD, FAED, FACP, CEDS

Led by Dr. Philip Mehler and Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, patients are offered the very best in medical stabilization and treatment, a compassionate and highly experienced nursing staff, individual psychotherapy, physical therapy, and thorough discharge planning to help them begin recovering. The ACUTE Center is tailored to help both males and females who cannot seek care in a traditional inpatient or residential treatment setting due to the severity of their weight loss or other medical complications. ACUTE contracts with most insurance companies and uses the patient's medical

insurance benefit for stabilization care.

Jennifer L Gaudiani, MD, CEDS
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS


Who to refer to ACUTE for stabilization:

  • Any patient weighing less than 70% of his/her ideal body weight
  • Serious medical complications (electrolyte disorders, fluid problems, organ failure, previous bouts of refeeding syndrome)
  • Need to "detox" from severe purging, laxative or diuretic abuse


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