Providing greater awareness about eating disorders and access to care for patients and families are cornerstones of Walden’s mission. We couldn’t provide these services without an amazing staff who work in conjunction with some of the most clinically talented providers whom we are fortunate to have in our surrounding communities. Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorder recovery truly does takes a village and we are humbled to be an integral part in the journeys of our patients and their families.

Reflecting on the past year, we’d like to share a few highlights from 2016:

New clinics in Massachusetts and Connecticut: Walden was proud to open two new clinics, in Guilford, Conn. (partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient) and Milford, Mass. (intensive outpatient) this year. We look forward to continuing to get to know and be a part of these vibrant communities.

A new inpatient unit: One thing is clear: there’s a significant need for specialized eating disorder care at the inpatient level. That’s why we’ve partnered with Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) to open Walden Eating Disorders Center at Rockville Hospital, a 30-bed inpatient eating disorders unit. It’s New England’s second dedicated inpatient unit for eating disorders, following our Waltham, Mass. facility.

279 events for providers: We love to share the latest developments, best practices and insight related to eating disorders care. This year, we hosted 279 programs for providers, school counselors and other professionals, most with continuing education (CE) credit. We can’t wait to do more in 2017.

22 prevention programs at schools: As the incidence of eating disorders increase among adolescents, prevention at the school level is as critical as ever. We hosted 22 school-based prevention programs throughout New England, empowering nearly 900 students and teachers with the knowledge, resources and motivation to take control and help minimize the impact of eating disorders.

Walden Conference comes to CT: Eating disorder professionals across Connecticut took part in Walden’s fourth annual conference in Haddam, Conn on October 20. It was a great day of information sharing about clinical best practices, on topics such as binge eating disorder and new ways to treat adolescents and athletes with eating disorders. Mark your calendar for 2017: October 26 in Waltham, Mass.

We’re very much looking forward to the New Year. Our promise is to continue providing the best care for those in need and to ensure that there’s even more hope and help than ever before.