Waltham Patch
February 2017

WALTHAM, MA – Walden Behavioral Care, a Waltham-based company that provides eating disorder treatment and care, is now expanding into Georgia with the acquisition of the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders (ACE).

The merger was announced last week and will allow Walden to work with ACE to expand community-based treatment services and programming into intensive treatment across the Atlanta region. The combination establishes one of the Atlanta area’s first full systems of care for adolescents and adults with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorders and other types of eating disorders.

“This acquisition is about bringing together two organizations with a shared vision and commitment to providing high quality treatment and support as close to home as possible, through all levels of care,” Stuart Koman, Ph.D., president and CEO of Walden Behavioral Care, said in a statement. “We’re honored to become part of the Metro Atlanta community, giving individuals what they deserve: the best possible chance for a lasting recovery.”

ACE clinical and administrative staff will remain with the organization, and there will be no changes to Walden’s staffing, locations or operations.

With the acquisition, Walden will now have 14 locations across Massachusetts, Connecticut and Georgia, including two inpatient units, one residential facility and 11 ambulatory clinics. In December, Walden opened a treatment clinic in Milford, according to Wicked Local.

“Rick

[Kilmer, clinical director of ACE] and I are so excited to join Walden – we immediately felt a connection with Stu, Walden’s staff and its treatment philosophy,” said Linda Paulk Buchanan, clinical director and founder of ACE. “Our longstanding mission has been to provide intensive treatment to people with eating disorders, while minimizing disruption to their normal lives. By offering a full range of services for those in need, we now have an opportunity to build on that promise.”