What We are Doing to Keep our Eating Disorders Patients Safe

We are fortunate to have private rooms and a designated area for eating disorders patients within the hospital. In addition, the entry to the floor is locked and monitored. Visitors are limited and must check in at the nurses’ station. New policies have been implemented for extra safety.

Visitors:

  • Adolescents: Both parents may visit. No other visitors.
  • Adult eating disorders patients may designate one parent, both parents, or one adult (close friend, relative, significant other, etc.) as their visitor. No other visitors will be permitted during the duration of the hospital stay.
  • If 2 parents are designated, only one may visit at a time.
  • Visitors will be screened for illness prior to entry.

Professional Staff:

  • Our adolescent/young adult medicine specialists will see you daily.
  • Specialty physicians (gastroenterology, nephrology, etc.) will see you as needed.
  • Individual psychotherapy and nutrition consultations will occur 3 times per week, via telehealth.
  • Your psychologist and dietitian will meet with you in person for the initial visit, and then via telehealth.
  • Psychiatry visits (if needed) will be via telehealth.
  • Weekly parent or partner support with our family therapist will be via telehealth.
  • We will have a discharge planning meeting for you and your family. This usually occurs in the second to fourth week of hospitalization, depending on the severity of your illness. You may have your designated visitors attend the meeting, and we can arrange for additional involved family members to attend remotely. An attending physician will be at the meeting in person, with other members of the treatment team attending remotely.

Patients will not be able to leave the unit. We do have an activity room with plenty of space to maintain social distancing. There is a hallway where you can do some slow walking with supervision, as ordered by the physician. We hope this is helpful in giving you an idea of what to expect in the coming weeks. Additional changes may occur as the situation unfolds.