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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What Makes Our Program Unique

Choosing an eating disorder treatment center for yourself or a member of your family is a matter of identifying the provider whose services best align with your needs, goals, and preferences. The following are five of the many reasons why McCallum Place may be the right choice for you or your loved one:

Age-Appropriate Programming

Eating disorders and co-occurring mental health challenges impact adolescents differently than they do adults. In a similar fashion, the benefits of many therapeutic interventions can vary depending upon the age of the individual who is receiving treatment. For these and many other reasons, it’s important to choose an eating disorder treatment center that offers the treatment and support services that are most appropriate for the age and developmental level of the person who will be receiving care.

At McCallum Place, all levels of care feature age-appropriate treatment tracks for adolescents ages 10-17 at our St. Louis location, adolescents ages 12-17 at our Kansas City location,and adults age 18 and older at both locations. At the residential, partial hospitalization program (PHP), and intensive outpatient program (IOP) levels, adolescents and adults work with professionals who understand their unique needs and can provide the personalized care that will prepare them for long-term success.

Medical Support

Eating disorders are mental health conditions that can have a profound negative impact on a person’s physical health. At McCallum Place, we are committed to providing all patients with the comprehensive medical support they need throughout their time in our care. Medical services at McCallum Place include monitoring vital signs, conducting and analyzing lab work, placing and monitoring nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes, caring for patients who have diabetes, and addressing certain gastrointestinal and cardiovascular concerns.

All patients who have complex medical needs are reviewed by our medical director prior to admission to ensure that we are the optimal treatment option. If a potential patient presents with medical concerns that exceed our ability to treat, we will work with the individual and their family to make the most appropriate referral to another trusted healthcare provider.

Dedicated Professionals

When you choose McCallum Place for yourself or a loved one, you will work in active collaboration with a team of experienced and compassionate professionals. Every member of the McCallum Place team is committed to ensuring that our treatment center remains a safe and supportive place where you and your loved ones can receive the answers you need and the care you deserve.

Each professional at McCallum Place brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and insights to our center. These experts are also focused on providing superior service in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. No two people will have identical experiences while healing from an eating disorder with us, but every patient and family member can expect to be treated as a valued member of the McCallum family.

Family Support

The impact of eating disorders isn’t limited to the individual who develops the condition. When an adolescent or adult struggles with an eating disorder, family members, close friends, and other loved ones can also be affected. These individuals can also play an important role during and after a person’s time in treatment. For these reasons, we work closely with the loved ones of our patients.

For example, we offer family therapy and education sessions to help participants process their experiences, communicate more effectively with one another, and learn how to function as a healthier and more productive unit. Also, when an adolescent receives care at McCallum Place, their parents or guardians receive regular updates from their child’s treatment team and are consulted on all significant decisions regarding the young person’s care.

Outcomes & Research

At McCallum Place, we’re committed to employing the practices and techniques that are most effective at helping adolescents and adults achieve true and lasting healing. Part of this process involves working closely with each patient to identify their unique needs and develop the personalized plan that will best prepare them for long-term success. Another component of this effort is our continued focus on research, data, and evidence-based outcomes.

Through the years, we’ve partnered with researchers from several esteemed institutions, including St. Louis University, the University of Louisville, Bryn Mawr College, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of North Carolina, the University of Missouri, and the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium. These efforts have allowed us to gain greater insights into the nature and progression of eating disorders and co-occurring disorders, and to determine the types and levels of care that are most likely to offer the greatest benefits for our patients.

Age-appropriate programming, medical services, experienced and compassionate professionals, robust family support, and a focus on data collection and analysis are just a few of the many features that have earned McCallum Place a national reputation for excellence. To learn more, please contact us at your earliest convenience. We’re available 24/7 to answer all your questions and help you decide if McCallum Place is the perfect place for you or your loved one.

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