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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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A Farewell to my Eating Disorder

Contributed by a former McCallum Place patient

I wrote this poem, A Farewell to My Eating Disorder, while in the partial hospital program at McCallum Place. It captures the recognition that the loud voice of my eating disorder became a little bit quieter the more I did the opposite of what it was yelling at me to do.

Saying goodbye to an eating disorder isn’t quite like saying goodbye to a stranger you will never meet again. Saying goodbye to an eating disorder is saying goodbye to a piece of yourself, an identity that you held onto for so long. It is like ripping out part of your brain that promised you safety, security, control, and freedom.

It sounds painful because it is. It is a lengthy process of cutting off a sliver of that “thing” wrapped around your brain controlling your thoughts and your actions. When it is gone, the emptiness and wounds are still there. It still hurts because you are healing. The pain in your brain reminds you that the eating disorder was there and has left marks. It is up to you to heal or give in and let it swallow your brain, controlling thoughts and actions again. The poem is about finally letting go of something so powerful that convinced you, you were in control.

A Farewell to My Eating Disorder

This isn’t goodbye, but a see you again.

I will see you again in a different light, through a different lens

I will step on you and make sure you stay plastered in the mud

When the mud starts to crack, you will inch out and bud

You’ll try to reach for me and devour my heart

I will acknowledge you and let out a big fart

Because I ate food today and I’m off to a fresh start

Some days I will want you to solve my equations of pain

Other days I will look at you and see darkness and rain

You were my best friend, the voice that saved my life

You were my best friend, the voice that took my life

You helped me succeed, win, and dominate

You helped me fail, lose, and deteriorate

You were my truth, my helper, and my excuse

You guided my so far, my anxiety felt loose

Numbness from pain, hate, fear, and criticism

Numbness from happiness, love, safety, and individualism

It’s so hard to say bye because I don’t want you to go

It’s so hard to say bye because you won’t go

If I can ignore you, I can ignore hate and fear

You are what I know but what if I could know more?

I know feeling hunger is addicting but so is fullness

Fullness of life, happiness, imagination, and sadness

I can feel them all without feeling you

I can be myself and know the new

You are in the air; I can breathe you in and breathe you out

You will make me cough and scream and shout

Your air is crisp, my lungs know you’re a liar

Your smoke smells so good, I want to be warm by the fire

I will grab a marshmallow, watch it burn ‘til it cracks

Use your flames for my s’mores, love food, and laugh

This is me, enjoying me by using you

I will use you to fuel my desire for the new

You are what I know and I am what you know

Together let’s change the story and turn it into a show

But when I find myself, you need to go.

This is a goodbye and a see you never again

I will by myself in a different light, through a different lens.