Center for Eating Disorders Care Expands Partial Hospital Program

Mar 8, 2017
The Center for Eating Disorders Care (CEDC) at University Medical Center of Princeton has enhanced its Adult Partial Hospital Program with additional therapeutic activities and separation from its inpatient program.

The Partial Hospital Program now has a separate treatment space with dining room, group room and lounge. This program will operate independently from the inpatient program. CEDC Partial Hospital patients also have additional experiential activities and the option of full day (8 a.m. to 6 p.m., including three meals) or shorter day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m., including two meals). Both schedules are available three to five days per week, depending on each patient's needs.

The CEDC is nationally known for its acute care services for those with severe eating disorders, aged 8 and older, who benefit from intensive treatment and medical care available for co-existing conditions. The Partial Hospital Program is an option for patients following an inpatient or residential stay, or who are struggling in the community and need intensive daytime treatment.

"Partial hospital patients are generally ready to take on different challenges and explore greater independence with our support," says Melinda Parisi Cummings, PhD, Program Director of the Center for Eating Disorders Care. "They can also benefit from group topics that further align with their needs, such as more intensive body image work or how to incorporate healthy exercise into their lives."

The program enables patients to maintain the same treatment team throughout the recovery process for continuity of care if they have been inpatients at the Center for Eating Disorders Care. Experiential treatment opportunities include cooking groups, meals served family-style, take-out ordering, restaurant outings with staff, and grocery shopping excursions. The relapse prevention curriculum has also been expanded.

"Our program now more closely mirrors what patients encounter in the real world," adds Parisi Cummings. "At the same time, they can process these experiences with the care team in a safe, supportive environment that continues to offer 24/7 access to medical care if needed."

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About the Center for Eating Disorders Care at University Medical Center of Princeton

The Center for Eating Disorders Care (CEDC) provides effective, compassionate treatment for adults, adolescents, and children as young as 8 years old who are suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders. Patients benefit from treatment for the physical, psychosocial and nutritional aspects of their illness, and have access to full medical care for co-existing conditions. The CEDC welcomes patients of all genders from around the country, and is able to care for those weighing 55 percent (or less) of ideal body weight.

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