Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Beth Shoyer, PhD Clinical Director at McCallum Place Columbia

Eating disorders are a way of turning away from what is, from the stresses and distresses of life. But what we resist persists and this turning away can take us down a dark, dangerous, and lonely road.

Mindfulness neither pushes away nor grabs onto, but allows what is to be what is. In doing so, thoughts, feelings, and sensations (including the negative ones) can rise and fall and be no more than moment to moment happenings. We can begin to take a breath and feel it all the way in and all the way out, maybe for the first time ever. We can realize that we are not alone, that we can step out of the grind of comparing ourselves to others and falling short, of always needing things to be different than they are. This is what is so why not live life.

We can start simply, Notice the sun, the smell of the air, the bottoms of your feet on the floor. No need to push away what we don’t like because that’s not all there is. With each unpleasant there is pleasant that can be seen too. Allow it all to be seen and allow it all to flow away making room for something new.

I’m not saying it is easy. But maybe today when you feel your heart harden towards yourself for that “stupid” thing you did, you can make a tiny bit of space for some compassion towards this person, who like all people, is just trying to do the best that you can.