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Walden Behavioral Care To Open Worcester Office For Treating Eating Disorders

12-22-2010 11:03 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Walden Behavioral Care

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WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 21, 2010 – Walden Behavioral Care, LLC of Waltham, one of the country’s leading hospitals for treating eating disorders, announced today that it is opening an office at 335 Chandler St. to provide intensive outpatient services (IOP).

Walden is opening in Worcester at the former home of Tatnuck Bookseller in response to feedback from healthcare professionals in the region who expressed the need for a treatment center for eating disorders, according to Walden President and CEO Stuart L. Koman, Ph.D.

“We’ve been talking to healthcare professionals in the area for the past year and the feedback we’ve been receiving is that there is an overwhelming need for dedicated treatment of eating disorders,” according to Koman.

The new facility in Worcester will provide outpatient treatment for adults 17 and older. Patients who need more intensive treatment will be treated at Walden’s Waltham facility, which provides in-patient care, residential and partial hospitalization care. Walden also operates an eating disorders clinic in Northampton, Mass., and other satellite programs are being planned.

Staff in the new location, which will initially occupy about 500 square feet, will include licensed social workers, a primary clinician and administrative support.

Walden treats a variety of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, a psychological disorder characterized by an aversion to eating and fear of gaining weight; bulimia nervosa, a condition where sufferers typically purge food they have eaten by self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or other means, and binge eating disorder, which is characterized by uncontrollable, excessive eating.

“Eating disorders often are accompanied by other health issues, including substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma or self-harming behavior,” Koman said. “Walden takes a ‘whole health’ approach and has the expertise to diagnose and treat not only eating disorders, but any associated healthcare problem the patient may have.”

He added that, “Eating disorders affect about 4% of the general population, but 20% of the college population. The large number of college students in Worcester makes it a natural location for Walden.”

Walden Behavioral Care, LLC of Waltham, Mass., integrates medical therapies and lifestyle changes for patients with mental illness, eating disorders and addictions. By treating mental and physical conditions concurrently, Walden helps achieve lasting results for those who seek a meaningful recovery. Walden is one of only a few hospitals in the country to provide a full “continuum of care” for eating disorders, including in-patient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care. Additional information is available on Walden’s Web site at www.waldenbehavioralcare.com.

Walden Behavioral Care
Nine Hope Ave., Suite 500
Waltham, MA 02453-2711

781-647-6702

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