New Clinic Is Largest for Walden, First in Area Specializing in Eating Disorders
Walden Behavioral Care, LLC of Waltham celebrated the opening of its largest clinic last night with an open house, welcoming area residents and healthcare practitioners to its new 6,000-square-foot eating disorders clinic at 100 University Drive, Amherst.
Walden CEO and President Stuart Koman noted that the Amherst clinic is Walden’s seventh, but the first to enter “Round Two,” as it is replacing Walden clinic in Northampton. The new clinic is 70 percent larger than Walden’s Northampton clinic was. It is also more accessible and offers on-site parking.
Speaking before staff and guests, Koman said Walden needs to be especially diligent, because it is in a “life and death business,” given the high mortality rate of individuals with eating disorders.
With its new facility, Program Director Angela Rowan, LICSW said, “The good news is that we’re reaching lots and lots of patients. The bad news is that there are so many people in need of treatment.”
Easy Access, More Efficient
The new clinic is just seven miles from its previous site and only a mile from the University of Massachusetts campus, so it will provide easy access to the entire five-college area. Eating disorders are especially prevalent among college students, who often have to discontinue their studies to receive treatment. Walden treats a variety of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
The new space is also more efficient, easier to find and more open, with lots of natural light, Koman said.
Treatment programs for adults and adolescents as young as 13 at the new clinic include a partial hospitalization program, which provides care for six hours a day, five days a week, and intensive outpatient care, which provides care for three hours a day for three evenings a week for each patient.
Rowan said she’s pleased with the addition of an adolescent intensive outpatient care program (IOP), which will enable adolescents to seek treatment after school, so they will not miss classes.
Walden is the only treatment provider in western Massachusetts that offers partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services for both adults and adolescents.
Walden opened in 2003 at the former Waltham Hospital and the Northampton clinic, which opened in 2008, was Walden’s first satellite clinic. The Waltham-based hospital now has satellite clinics in South Windsor, Conn., and Worcester, Braintree and Peabody, in addition to Amherst.
“Many people who have eating disorders endanger their health and even risk their lives by not seeking treatment,” said President and CEO Stuart Koman. “The easier we make it for those who have eating disorders to seek treatment, the more likely they will be to contact us.”