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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Admissions Process for McCallum Place Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

McCallum Place offers free and confidential evaluations either by phone or in person with our admissions clinicians. If you are considering getting help, take the first step in your journey to recovery, please call 1-800-828-8158. Assessments can generally be completed within 48 business hours and are scheduled between 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday. We accept most insurance plans and are experienced at negotiating single case agreements.

What needs to be provided to an admissions clinician?

Prior to admission, you will need to provide the following by fax or in person to an Admissions Clinician:

  1. Complete an admissions evaluation with us. We will review your current concerns and struggles as well as past treatments, goals, and psychiatric history. This interview takes about one hour and will also give you an opportunity to decide if McCallum Place fits your needs.
  2. You will also need to complete the following medical tests within seven days of admission: blood work, including: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP), magnesium phosphorus, and a pregnancy test (if you are a female patient of child bearing age; urinalysis; TB test if not done in the previous year; and a 12 lead EKG).
  3. A complete physical exam and medical history. Simply download and print off the form below and take to your physician. This physical exam should include a morning weight in gown, height, and postural vital signs. For McCallum Place St. Louis, please fax results to 314-968-1901.
  4. Regarding Allergies: Please provide documentation of any known food and/or medication allergies should we need to prepare prior to admission.
  5. A Hepatitis A shot is recommended for those considering our transition apartments (St. Louis only).
  6. Adolescents: Obtain your growth chart from your pediatrician and fax to us or bring upon admission.

Click below to download the Medical/History and Physical Form:

Click below to download the Release of Information Form:

What is the treatment criteria?

We use the following criteria to determine whether treatment at McCallum Place may be suitable:

  • Those not making progress in outpatient treatment
  • Willing to accept care and eating disorder treatment voluntarily
  • Those who could benefit from group and or family treatment to supplement individual work
  • Patients with anorexia nervosa who require supported meals to make change
  • Patients needing a structured environment to restore weight
  • Patients who need support to challenge established food rituals and habits
  • Patients requiring tube supplements and do not have the autonomy to eat enough on their own
  • Patients with Bulimia, binge eating or purging, who are motivated to change but have been unable to do so without structured support
  • Patients who need supervision to prevent weight loss due to compulsive exercise strategies
  • Those in need of longer term treatment to stabilize recovery after short term residential or inpatient treatment

How soon can admission be arranged?

Generally, as soon as you or your loved one desires. The first step is making a call to schedule your pre-admission assessment. You can contact us at (314) 968-1900. We also will need you to obtain recent Labs and an EKG for our physician to review for all incoming patients. Please see above for specific items required prior to admission.

What is the typical length of stay at McCallum Place?

Patients stay an average of six weeks. Length of stay is determined based on patient need and is graduated according to his or her progress. Level of care is assessed many times throughout the week and adjusted accordingly if needed.

Does your adolescent program include academic support?

Yes. Adolescents receive significant educational support during their time at McCallum Place. Our teachers work closely with each young person to ensure that they make appropriate academic progress while they are with us. Members of our academic staff also serve as liaisons between our patients and their home school districts. These dedicated professionals communicate with school personnel on a regular basis and act as advocates on behalf of the young people who are entrusted to our care.

I really appreciate that the staff validates my thoughts and feelings before trying to work on them. They don’t just say ‘that’s irritational, just stop!

– A Former Resident
Marks of Quality Care
  • Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • RenewED, Eating Disorders Support
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • Washington University in St. Louis