Veritas Collaborative, a specialty healthcare system for the treatment of eating disorders, recently celebrated the one-year-anniversary of Georgia’s first stand-alone eating disorder hospital. The company simultaneously celebrates seven years of recovery and healing at its Child & Adolescent Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Together, these hospitals represent a commitment from nationally-recognized eating disorders experts to create access to care where it did not before exist, stated officials.
“These joint anniversaries serve as both reminders and motivators for our entire team,” said Stacie McEntyre, founder and CEO of Veritas Collaborative. “As we celebrate the successes of the Atlanta and Durham hospitals, we are reminded of our positive impact in the lives of those affected by eating disorders, and that recovery is attainable. At the same time, these milestones serve as motivation because we are on a mission to drive the standard of care in eating disorders treatment on a national level, and our work is not done.”
As Georgia’s first hospital focused solely on the treatment of eating disorder illnesses, Veritas Collaborative works hand-in-hand with the community to provide multidisciplinary care for children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 21 impacted by eating disorder illnesses. The 50-bed hospital provides inpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization services to all genders and has treated approximately 150 individuals during its first year of operations.
“While the journey to recovery is and will always be challenging, our first year of operation has broken down significant barriers to care throughout the Southeast,” says Anna Tanner, MD, vice president of medical services for Veritas Collaborative. “In the past, families relocated because of limited treatment options, or foregone treatment altogether. The opening of our Atlanta hospital has taken some of that pressure off of these families because we now have a highly-valued resource with highly-skilled medical, nutritional, and psychological providers that offer hope and healing to families in their own backyard.”
This sentiment rings true in Raleigh-Durham as well. With an extensive waitlist for a potentially lethal illness, increased capacity in Atlanta helped fill an additional need for care, allowing patients to access options faster.
“Celebrating these anniversaries is a great representation of our mission in action,” said Sara Hofmeier, MS, executive director of Durham’s Child & Adolescent Hospital. “We are passionate about helping families access the care they need. That means eliminating unnecessary hoops for them to jump through on their journey to recovery. Meeting their needs by providing access to a full spectrum of care that coincides with quality, evidence-based treatment in their home state eliminates massive barriers to getting well.”