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Walden Behavioral Care To Open Braintree Office For Treating Eating Disorders

09-07-2011 08:53 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Walden Behavioral Care

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Walden Behavioral Care, LLC of Waltham, Mass., one of the country’s leading hospitals for treating eating disorders, announced today that it is opening an office at 150 Grossman Drive, Braintree, to provide intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) programs.

Walden is opening a 3,800-square-foot office in Braintree in November based on the lack of services in the immediate area for treating eating disorders.

“Eating disorders are life-threatening illnesses that affect about 4% of the general population, yet there are few healthcare facilities that provide the specialized services patients need to recover,” according to Walden President and CEO Stuart L. Koman, Ph.D. “Walden is expanding to address that urgent need.”

The new office in Braintree will treat adolescents aged 12 to 17 and adults 18 and older.

Patients who need more intensive treatment will be treated at Walden’s Waltham facility, which provides in-patient care, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care. Walden also has satellite offices in Northampton and Worcester, and other satellite programs are being planned.

Staff in the new location will include psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, registered dieticians and others.

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.

Walden also treats psychiatric disorders at its Waltham facility. The Braintree office will provide treatment only for eating disorders.

“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.”

About Walden Behavioral Care
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.

Maggie Moran
Walden Behavioral Care
9 Hope Avenue, Suite 500
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-2711

781-647-6702
mmoran@waldenbehavioralcare.com

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