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SUMMIT, NJ JUNE 15, 2010 – The Goryeb Children’s Center at Overlook Hospital announced today the expansion of the Eating Disorders Program at Atlantic Health to include a partial hospitalization program and an inpatient medical stabilization program. The Eating Disorders Program, which treats anorexia, bulimia, and related eating disorders, is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary program in New Jersey exclusively for children and adolescents.
“Previously, patients could come to the Goryeb Children’s Center and receive outpatient services but, if they needed additional intensive treatment, they would have to leave their communities and sometimes the state to find that level of care,” said Leslie Sanders, MD, medical director, Eating Disorders Program at Atlantic Health, and interim director, adolescent medicine. “Now that we offer a complete continuum of care for eating disorder patients, they can remain close to home, which allows their families to fully participate in the recovery process.”
The partial hospitalization program, which meets for 40 hours per week, offers individual, group and family psychotherapy; yoga; art therapy; two therapeutic meals with observation per day; and daily medical evaluation with a registered nurse. The staff consists of physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, a psychiatrist, social workers and creative arts therapists.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders affect about 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States. About 40 percent of newly diagnosed cases of anorexia are in girls ages 15 to 19. Eating disorders most commonly begin in adolescence and can cause a variety of serious medical complications and, if left untreated, can be fatal.
“As we open a brand new pediatric subspecialty suite on the Overlook campus, we are also proud to expand our eating disorders services,” said Walter Rosenfeld, MD, chairman of pediatrics for the Goryeb Children’s Center at Overlook and the Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Memorial Hospital, all part of Atlantic Health. “Families of this community will benefit from an exceptional program that offers a full range of treatment options for patients and families in a space that is conducive to healing and with staff that has the highly specialized training to work with patients and families to enhance recovery.”
The Eating Disorders Program at Atlantic Health is based in the MAC II building, adjacent to Overlook. The brand-new suite offers private areas for consultations and weigh-ins, in addition to space for group therapy, yoga, therapeutic meals, and art therapy sessions.