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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Choosing to Thrive

Stephanie Bagby-Stone MD Medical Director at McCallum Place Columbia

Making the decision to go to eating disorder treatment is sometimes very difficult when you are in college. Especially when you are an excellent student with career goals and worry about what might happen if you take time away from school. That choice can be challenging, even if the eating disorder is taking away your energy and focus, undermining your strengths and grades, consuming all your free time, making you feel anxious and depressed, isolating you from your friends and family, and hurting your body. Although some may do okay academically when their eating disorder takes control, it is often a daily struggle with work being much more difficult, time consuming and not as nearly as enjoyable as before the eating disorder.

Colleges and universities are generally very willing to work with students who need to take time for their health. Depending on the level of support you need, you may be able to do intensive treatment and still go to school. You may be able to arrange your classes, choose online course options and/or reduce your course load to accommodate your treatment needs.

I often explain to my patients who are concerned about taking time off that going to intensive eating disorder treatment is actually not really leaving school. It’s getting a very specific type of education, one that is specialized in helping you restore your health and vitality so that you can pursue your academic and life goals now and in the future.

Positive psychology tells us that we all do our best work and are our most successful when we are have a deep sense of well-being. Additionally, well-being has positive effects on your mind, mood, body and performance. Making the decision to take time off school or reduce your course load for treatment supports your well-being and increases your potential to be successful in all aspects of your life.