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Patient Experience


The Eating Disorders unit provides inpatient and outpatient services. The treatment team providing inpatient care includes psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, activities therapists and research professionals. A behavioral protocol is used to help patients normalize weight and unhealthy eating patterns. In addition to individual and family sessions, patients also participate in a variety of groups which aim to address distorted cognitions and behaviors and help them develop skills to use after discharge from the hospital (see sample schedule).


Patient Bedrooms

Patients' sleeping rooms (double- or single-occupancy) offer privacy, and include semi-private bathrooms. All are well-lighted and air-conditioned. Many provide panoramic views of the Hudson River. Patients are encouraged to add personal items as appropriate.

Patient Recreation

Multi purpose rooms host various group therapies and quiet activities such as reading or computer use. One of the amenities provided to our patients is a secure landscaped park which affords sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. As clinically appropriate, staff accompany patients to the park which is connected to the hospital building via a secure bridge. Off-site field trips are organized by the Activities Therapy Department. Other leisure activities take place on the unit.

Dining Room

Supervised meals take place in the communal dining room on the inpatient unit. This comfortable, light filled room also has a piano and ping pong table and is used for various activities outside of meal times. Opportunities to process the eating experience take place in group settings with staff in the dining room as well.


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