Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Dietitian Uses Experience and Expertise to Help Patients

Dietitian Lori Richardson, RD, LD, CSSD

Eating disorders are all about the food. Eating disorders have nothing to do with the food.

This paradox is one of the challenges faced by eating disorder dietitians and why McCallum Place and The Victory Program are fortunate to have Lori Richardson, RD, LD, a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), as a part of our treatment team. Overcoming anxiety regarding food and developing new eating patterns are two critical, yet difficult, aspects of eating disorders that she addresses. Lori treats both adults and adolescents with eating disorders ,as well as, men and women. She sees patients in all levels of care including Residential, PHP and IOP facilitating the adolescent nutrition group and the weekly IOP meal outing.

As a dietitian Lori works with patients on fear foods, nutrition education and the incorporation of healthy meal plans. This often involves hands-on experiences like meal outings and coaching them through the challenging experiences. The hard work is worth it when she sees clients make a break-through. “Seeing patients make progress and recover is the best part of working at McCallum Place” said Lori. “I particularly appreciate it when I hear from former patients who tell me they have put into practice something they learned from me and are finding it helpful.”

As a former college athlete Lori brings a unique perspective to the treatment of our patients.  CEO, Dr. Kimberli McCallum, says she appreciates Lori’s sport experience and how “she is able to translate it clinically, helping patients build a positive body image and return to healthy activity.” This is valuable both with patients who struggle with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating ,as well as, patients in The Victory Program (an eating disorder program designed specifically for elite athletes). Both programs incorporate movement and exercise into the individualized treatment plans for patients. Lori’s role as a dietitian is to ensure the correct balance between nutritional intake and exercise, ensuring that the patient learns to eventually manage these after leaving treatment.

Lori regularly speaks to audiences on nutrition, eating disorder and athletes. Later this month she will be presenting, along with Jen Gapin, PhD, on the topic, “Refueling the Mind and Body of an Athlete with an Eating Disorder” at the annual ANAD Conference September 27th in Chicago.

Lori completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and dietetic internship at St Louis University. Lori has been working in the field of eating disorders, sports nutrition and wellness since 2003. She began full-time with McCallum Place in April of 2012.