The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset eating disorder program, part of the RWJBarnabas Health’s Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in partnership with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, is one of only two inpatient eating disorder programs in the state. The program has unveiled an expanded state-of-the-art facility creating a supportive environment for patients treatment and recovery.
The unit now has 20 beds. Designed specifically to help promote healing, wellness and recovery, the unit features research-based design elements such as nature-based lighting that mimics daily changes in sunlight, curved lines, and references to nature. These design elements follow patients from the unit’s common spaces into the newly renovated patient rooms.
Adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorders, have different care and treatment needs. RWJUH/Somerset’s eating disorders unit is the only inpatient eating disorder program in New Jersey that includes separate designated spaces for adults and adolescents to better address their unique needs. Additionally, many spaces in the renovated unit were designed with flexibility in mind and can be configured to accommodate a mix of uses and group activities.
“Our newly renovated unit was designed to give patients a sense of calm, comfort and safety as they go through treatment,” said Christine Belluardo, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services at RWJUH/Somerset. “Our multidisciplinary team understands the physical, mental and social needs of our patients and helps them develop their inner resources, allowing them to carry the tools they learn with them long after leaving the program to sustain their recovery.”
The program’s comprehensive services include individual, group and family therapy; medication management and education; nutrition education; nursing education; self-help groups; occupational therapy; and creative arts therapy. All groups, classes, appointments, and care are led by board certified doctors, an advanced practice nurse, therapists, and trauma informed clinical care professionals.
RWJUH/Somerset also offers outpatient services at convenient locations in Central New Jersey, including physical therapy services in Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Princeton and Flemington and an urgent care center and a sleep disorders center in Hillsborough. In addition, the hospital’s affiliated physician practices provide care for families throughout its community.
For more information on the RWJUH/Somerset Eating Disorders Program, visit rwjbh.org/EatingDisorders.