(Oconomowoc, Wis.) Rogers Memorial Hospital announced the opening of Wisconsin’s only 13-bed inpatient eating disorders unit dedicated to children and adolescents. The unit strengthens the hospital’s current adolescent eating disorders services and is currently one of few programs nationally which accepts children as young as 8 years old.
“We are delighted to open this unit at Rogers’ Oconomowoc campus, with the plan of treating the wide spectrum of childhood and adolescent feeding and eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder,” said Dr. Tracey Cornella-Carlson, medical director of child and adolescent services. “In addition, our patients will benefit from our ability to treat co-occurring anxiety disorders often seen at this age, thanks to experts we can access right here on campus.”
The new inpatient area provides a calm, patient-centered environment where children and adolescents will learn more about eating disorders and work through treatment. Treating both males and females, ages 8 to 18, the program uses evidence-based treatment. Day-to-day activities are structured, yet manageable, to help stabilize these young patients nutritionally and medically, while preparing them with tools for lasting recovery at home and at school. With five single rooms and four double rooms, the unit and its programming include:
- A dining area with Lucite table to provide staff a transparent view at meal and snack times.
- Motion sensors to help monitor patients with obsessive or compulsive exercise tendencies.
- A sun porch group room for light movement and stretching groups.
- Therapeutic family meals, as recommended, during a patient’s stay.
The new unit completes the relocation of child and adolescent eating disorders inpatient care which moved from Rogers’ metro Milwaukee campus in West Allis in 2012 to bring services closer to the nationally recognized residential treatment services in Oconomowoc.
Rogers offers a full array of specialized eating disorders treatment for children, adolescents and adults through inpatient, partial and residential services at multiple locations in Wisconsin. This includes one of the country’s only eating disorder programs addressing co-occurring mood or anxiety disorders as well as the only residential program for males.