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.

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The Victory Program Difference

Despite the fact that eating disorders constitute such a prevalent and serious problem for many athletes, there are no specialized treatment programs for such athletes. Most eating disorder treatment facilities in the U.S. treat athletes on occasion but do so through their usual treatment programs, in part because a treatment program cannot be changed to meet the special needs of an athlete when it treats only a few eating disorders in athletes each year. The Victory Program is specifically designed to treat eating disorders in athletes with other athletes who are overcoming their eating disorders. One of the major advantages of treating athletes with eating disorders together is that they can be provided with strategies for dealing with the special risks that have contributed to their disorders—risks that they will likely have to deal with on their return to training and competition.

What Makes The Victory Program Unique for Treating Eating Disorders in Athletes

Several components of The Victory Program make it different from all others—the most important of which involves professional staff. The Program will incorporate the very successful state of the art treatment components typically employed at McCallum Place. In addition to McCallum staff members with experience and expertise in working with eating disorders in athletes, The Victory Program staff will include a sport psychologist, sport dietitians, and an athletic trainer, who will provide services specifically designed for serious, competitive athletes. The addition of these professionals adds to the singularity and specialness of The Victory Program.

When appropriate, based on the athlete’s medical condition and progress in treatment, the athlete will be allowed to begin training in preparation for his/her eventual return to competition. Decisions regarding such training will be made by the treatment staff, but the addition of the expertise of the sport psychologist, sport dietitian, and athletic trainer in making such decisions, again adds to the uniqueness of The Victory Program. Additionally, the sport psychologist will provide the mental training, on which so many serious athletes currently rely to augment their physical training. Such training will include the traditional psychological skills training that has characterized sport psychology, such as goal setting, self talk, imagery, arousal regulation, and finding the flow or mindfulness.

At no time has sports nutrition been more important to the serious athlete regarding sport performance than today. Program sport dietitians not only understand the importance of good nutrition for recovery from an eating disorder and improvement of overall health, they also understand that athletes have nutritional needs that are different from non-athletes. They will also work with the athlete regarding his/her specific or unique nutritional needs for a particular sport.

The athletic trainer plays a very special role in The Victory Program. Many athletes with eating disorders may be injured. The injury may or may not be directly related to the eating disorder but will require rehabilitation; rehabilitation that will be managed by the athletic trainer. The athletic trainer will also arrange, manage, and monitor the athlete’s training throughout treatment at The Victory Program in preparation for a return to competition.

The combination of McCallum Place’s successful treatment philosophy and staff regarding eating disorders in athletes with the special Victory Program staff and its belief that athletes constitute a special subpopulation of eating disorder patients, truly make it a program that is “one of a kind.” In The Victory Program, these very special individuals that we call “athletes,” will receive the eating disorder treatment and any other related treatment they may need. In addition to treatment for eating disorder focusing on the sport environment, sport nutrition, sports related body image and return to sport. Victory encourages athletes to build a mental toughness and positive body images as a resource for rec

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