Inpatient eating disorders program opens at Rogers

Special to The Freeman

Dec. 2, 2013

OCONOMOWOC – Rogers Memorial Hospital on Monday announced the opening of Wisconsin’s only 13-bed inpatient eating disorders unit dedicated to children and adolescents.

The unit, according to a Rogers statement, strengthens the hospital’s adolescent eating disorders services and is one of the few programs nationally that accepts children as young as 8 years old.

“We are delighted to open this unit at Rogers’ Oconomowoc campus, with the plan of treating the wide spectrum of childhood and adolescent feeding and eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder,” said Tracey Cornella-Carlson, medical director of child and adolescent services. “In addition, our patients will benefit from our ability to treat co-occurring anxiety disorders often seen at this age, thanks to experts we can access right here on campus.”

The new inpatient area provides a patient-centered environment where children and adolescents will learn more about eating disorders and work through treatment, the statement said.

The area includes five single rooms and four double rooms and has a dining area, motion sensors to help monitor patients with obsessive or compulsive exercise tendencies, a sun porch group room for light movement or stretching groups and therapeutic family meals.

The new unit completes the relocation of child and adolescent eating disorders inpatient care, which moved in 2012 from Rogers’ West Allis campus to Oconomowoc.