New Unit at Children's Minnesota Helps Youth with Eating Disorders

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August 08, 2016 04:31 PM

A first-of-its kind facility at Children’s Minnesota is helping young people who are struggling with eating disorders.

The Goven Family Eating Disorders and Nutritional Stabilization Unit opened Monday in St. Paul.


The unit, which has 26 beds, will offer immediate, around-the-clock access for critically-ill kids, adolescents and young adults with severe eating disorders.

The goal is to get patients out of the hospital, in outpatient therapy and back to their normal lives sooner than other treatment programs.

Hospital officials say the average inpatient stay for critically-ill eating disorder patients at Children’s Minnesota is 10-12 days compared to residential treatment programs that can last up to six months.

Children’s Minnesota’s role doesn’t end once a patient is discharged; staff members will work with the family to continue outpatient programs. After a patient is discharged, the patient immediately starts a customized, family-centered outpatient program that has minimal disruption to his or her normal life.

The unit was made possible by a $1.5 million donation from Greg and Jane Goven and their adult children, Tami and Chad.


Jennie Lissarrague

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