[S]pecialized overnight care is what eating disorder doctors often recommend for their sickest patients, who may suffer from severe psychological and life-threatening medical problems caused by malnutrition. Lack of insurance coverage for extended hospital stays, however, has prompted many facilities to close those units.
At least two Chicago-area hospitals are bucking that trend. Linden Oaks, which is owned by Edward Hospital, expanded its eating disorders program in February, taking over a suite of rooms in the psychiatric hospital for a unit devoted to bulimia and anorexia. Administrators say they needed the specialized inpatient unit to complement the day program. Read the rest of this article at the Chicago Daily Herald.