Due to the current Covid-19 surge in the state of California, Torrance Memorial is experiencing a high volume of patients. For these reasons, we are unable to accept eating disorders patients coming from out of state.

The Torrance Memorial Eating Disorders medical unit specializes in treating people, ages 13-30, who need specialized care due to medical complications resulting from an eating disorder. Specifically, this program is designed for individuals who are too medically sick to be treated in a residential or outpatient eating disorder program.

Our eating disorders program allows these patients to begin recovery in the safest and most successful way possible while using their medical insurance benefits, rather than their behavioral health insurance benefits.

A patient may seek admission through self-referral or be referred by the following:

  • A pediatrician, internist or other primary care provider
  • A psychologist or therapist
  • An eating disorder program they are currently enrolled in or want to be enrolled in
  • College health center
  • Their family

There are specific guidelines for admission which include the following:

  • Significantly lower weight than is expected for your age and height
  • Rapid or excessive weight loss
  • A medical condition or low weight preventing you from going to an eating disorders treatment program
  • Digestive issues which may be interfering with eating
  • Abnormal lab tests, a slow heart rate, unstable pulse or blood pressure, and other severe medical complications related to an eating disorder

Our Admission Process

Follow these steps:

  1. Call our office at 310-325-4353 to make an appointment for assessment. Our office staff will discuss the appointment and other details with the patient, family or a referring provider. This phone discussion may include information regarding:
    • Symptoms and physical condition
    • Current treatment
    • Medical history
    • Insurance coverage
  2. Complete our intake forms. Download the application and fax to (310) 325-5732 or scan and email to mail@DrSchack.com
  3. Obtain your medical records. Our staff can help you get the necessary medical records.
  4. Get your insurance authorization. Our staff can assist you in understanding your benefits and getting authorization.
  5. Schedule your admission. Depending upon your condition you may be admitted to the hospital directly from our offices after your assessment.

About Insurance

Because our eating disorders program is in an acute care facility, your stay will be covered through your medical benefits, rather than your behavioral health benefits. This means that after discharge you will be able to use your full behavioral health benefits for further treatment.

Should you call your insurance provider before speaking with us, it is a good idea to determine whether your insurance plan is with a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). We only accept PPO insurance.

To speak with an admissions professional, call us at 310-325-4353.