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 provides acute care services for adolescents and young adults (ages 13-30) who are experiencing medical complications as a result of a severe eating disorder. Our program is designed for individuals who are too medically unstable to enter treatment at an outpatient or residential treatment program.

The goal of our program is to stabilize each patient and treat any medical conditions they are experiencing so they can safely move onto the next phase of their treatment. This includes supervising and managing the refeeding process to avoid or minimize the harmful effects of refeeding syndrome.

Expertise and Experience

Our multidisciplinary medical team is led by our Medical Director, Dr. Linda Schack, one of the few physicians in the United States with expertise in the medical stabilization of patients with eating disorders. The team also includes specially trained physicians, therapists, nurses and nutritionists who understand the unique physical, emotional and behavioral needs and challenges facing patients with eating disorders.

When necessary, our team can access the expertise of other medical specialists at Torrance Memorial, such as cardiologists, gastroenterologists and on-site intensive care physicians, to address complications arising from your eating disorder or the refeeding process.

Private, Personal and Compassionate Care

Eating disorders are complex and difficult to diagnose and treat. Your assigned team of professionals will evaluate your physical and emotional health and determine whether you have an eating disorder, a medical illness or a combination. Based upon our diagnosis, we will create a treatment plan completely customized to your individual needs.

Your individualized treatment program will include the following:

  • Daily monitoring and evaluation by a physician expert in the treatment of eating disorders
  • Laboratory testing and cardiorespiratory monitoring
  • Round-the-clock care and support from experienced nursing staff
  • Personalized nutrition plans created by our master's level dietitian
  • Treatment for stomach and intestinal conditions that may be interfering with eating
  • Individual psychotherapy sessions
  • A psychiatric assessment and medication recommendation if needed
  • Weekly family therapy and educational sessions
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements as necessary
  • Complementary medicine when indicated
  • On-site emergency and intensive care if needed
  • Comprehensive discharge planning

Your care will be provided at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, recently named among the top six percent of California hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.

All of our patients have private rooms with TV, Wi-Fi and their own bathroom.

Outpatient Services

Dr. Schack and our professional staff are available to provide ongoing support for patients who have completed their rehabilitation program and been discharged from either an inpatient or outpatient program.

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Eating Disorders Program