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MUSC to open outpating eating disorders center for children

Contact: Heather Woolwine

(843)792-7669

woolwinh@musc.edu 

Feb. 4, 2014                                         
 
CHARLESTON – The MUSC Children’s Hospital and Department of Pediatrics are developing an eating disorders program to take care of patients with anorexia or bulimia.  This new program would complement the inpatient treatment already provided at the state’s comprehensive pediatric hospital.
 
“We don’t think the children who need this outpatient treatment should have to leave the state. Right now, when intensive outpatient treatment is needed, and it often is, these children and young adults have had to go out of state, primarily to the program at UNC,” said Rita Ryan M.D., MUSC Department of Pediatrics chair.  “Due to the philanthropy of one particularly generous donor, and with the help of several others, startup funds have been provided for the development of this program, and we are currently recruiting a program director.”
 
MUSC is seeking an adolescent medicine physician, a psychiatrist or a psychologist to direct this new program which will serve the region’s children much closer to their homes and families.
 
For inquiries about how to support the center, contact The Children’s Hospital Fund director Barbara Rivers at riversb@musc.edu or by calling 843-792-6643.
 
                                       
About MUSC Children’s Hospital
MUSC Children's Hospital is one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric medical centers in the Southeastern United States.  Three Neonatal Nurseries provide Level II and Level III care for pre-mature and newborn term infants and we offer the only pediatric burn center in the state.  Using a family-centered approach, families are not considered visitors, rather essential participants in care and decisions that affect the total healing of the child.  Our extensive network of caring professionals, entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children, are driven by a commitment to adaptability and outcome accountability.  Respect, dignity, information sharing, participation and collaboration are at the core of our culture. In 2012, our pediatric emergency department received a Level I trauma designation as a result of patient volume, skilled clinicians, and a multidisciplinary approach.  U.S. News & World Report now ranks our pediatric heart program among the top 25 and our pediatric gastroenterology and nephrology programs among the top 50 in America.  For more information about MUSC Children’s Hospital, visit www.musckids.com or www.muschealth.com, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MUSCKids and follow us on Twitter@MUSCkids.

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