Veritas Collaborative, a speciality healthcare system for treating eating disorder, has launched a 12-bed inpatient unit for adults at its RTP site in Durham, a city in North Carolina, US.
Opened on 17 January 2024, the initiative addresses the growing demand for specialised adult services in the state.
The new inpatient unit complements the existing Douglas location in Durham, North Carolina, which currently serves 25 residential clients.
With the latest expansion, Veritas Collaborative, which has locations in Georgia and North Carolina, now offers a total of 37 adult beds across its sites for individuals requiring higher levels of care.
RTP facility executive director Amy Gerberry said: “We are excited to offer more programming for adult patients in Durham where there’s a major need.
“Eating disorders are serious illnesses, but they are treatable. Patients can recover when they have access to effective, evidence-based care at the right time.”
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According to Veritas Collaborative, this development is significant given that around 9% of North Carolina’s population may struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives and the consequences of these conditions being untreated or undertreated are severe.
Veritas Collaborative’s expansion is a response to this critical healthcare need.
The healthcare system provides a range of services including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalisation, intensive outpatient, as well as outpatient care.
Its treatment programmes incorporate a variety of interventions, including
cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, family-based treatment, medical and psychiatric management, nutrition rehabilitation and counselling, as well as art and yoga therapies.
Veritas Collaborative chief medical officer Dr Mark Warren said: “Inpatient and residential treatment is imperative for individuals with severe symptoms or requiring more structure and support than an outpatient facility can provide.
“Our multidisciplinary teams include physicians, therapists, dietitians, and other health and education professionals collaborating to achieve medical, psychological, and nutritional stability. These higher levels of care give patients the skills to continue recovery at lower levels and within their support systems.”
With the latest expansion, Veritas Collaborative now offers 37 adult beds across its sites for individuals requiring higher levels of care.