Clinic for Treating Eating Disorders Opens in South Windsor through ECHN-Walden Partnership

Aug 14, 2012 - 

Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN), a not-for-profit community-based health care system, and Walden Behavioral Care, LLC of Waltham, Mass., a leading hospital for treating eating disorders, are pleased to announce the opening of a clinic for treating eating disorders at ECHN’s South Windsor medical office campus, 2400 Tamarack Ave.
The clinic, which began seeing patients on August 13, offers a comprehensive range of eating disorder treatment services.  Walden is the only treatment center in New England to offer a full “continuum of care,” including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care.  This range of services allows Walden to tailor treatment based on each patient’s needs, rather than offering the same treatment for all patients.

 “Statistics show that despite millions of men and women suffering from an eating disorder, only a very low percentage of them seek treatment. That is why our partnership with Walden Behavioral Care is so important. We are providing a first-class resource in a convenient location for people battling this curable disorder and their loved-ones who want them to seek help,” said Dennis G. O’Neill, MD, Chairman of ECHN’s Board of Trustees. “Many patients have to travel long distances for treatment or, even worse, go without it. Not anymore. ECHN and Walden are here for them.”

The clinic will be staffed by licensed social workers, clinicians and administrative support, and will provide intensive outpatient care to adolescents 12 to 17 years of age and adults, as well as partial hospitalization care to adults. The partial hospitalization program will be offered five days a week, and the outpatient programs will be offered three days a week. Appointments can be made by calling 860.533.4672.

The facility is located near several highways and within 10 miles of ECHN’s two hospitals, Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, Conn., and Rockville General Hospital in Vernon, Conn., making access to acute medical services for eating disorder patients possible.  Those in need of residential or inpatient care will be served by Walden facilities in Waltham, Mass.

“The lack of specialized services for treating eating disorders attracted us to the area,” said Walden President and CEO Stuart L. Koman, Ph.D. “Being new to this market, we saw an affiliation with ECHN as a tremendous opportunity.  ECHN’s vision, commitment to the community and understanding of the importance of providing behavioral health services makes ECHN an ideal partner. We look forward to working closely with ECHN’s doctors and health care professionals, as well as other practitioners in the community.”

An Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, at the South Windsor facility from 4-7 p.m. The public is invited to tour the facility. They will have an opportunity to meet clinic staff and representatives from ECHN and Walden. Refreshments will be served.

Walden is based in Waltham, Mass., and has several satellite clinics in Massachusetts. The ECHN location is Walden’s first clinic in Connecticut.  ECHN serves 19 towns in eastern Connecticut.


About Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN):
ECHN is a not-for-profit health care system serving 19 towns in eastern Connecticut. Its network of affiliates includes Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, Woodlake at Tolland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Eastern Connecticut Medical Professionals, Women’s Center for Wellness, Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT, Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, and more. For additional information on ECHN, visit their website at www.echn.org.


About Walden Behavioral Care:
Walden Behavioral Care, LLC of Waltham, Mass. is the only facility in New England that provides in-patient, residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care for patients with eating disorders. By treating mental and physical conditions concurrently, Walden helps achieve lasting results for those who seek a meaningful recovery. Additional information is available on Walden’s website at www.waldenbehavioralcare.com.
 


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