Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders, has opened a new facility in Richmond for individuals ages 10 and older suffering from anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and other specified eating disorders.
The facility, located at 6627 W. Broad St., Ste. 400, opened Feb. 22. Its opening came during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which runs Feb. 21 – 27. The week is sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association.
“Eating disorders are the most lethal of all psychiatric illnesses, yet there is a much greater chance of a full recovery if diagnosed and treated early on,” said Stacie McEntyre, founder, president and CEO of Veritas Collaborative. “That’s why Veritas Collaborative exists. We seek to meet a critical need in Richmond so that children, adolescents and adults can recover and thrive.”
Veritas Collaborative will offer intensive outpatient care, a type of treatment most appropriate for medically stable patients needing structure and support to recover from an eating disorder. This program involves a multidisciplinary team including medical and psychiatric providers, dietitians, therapists, and culinary professionals. Individuals often remain in school, work, or other outside activities alongside their participation in this three-evenings-per-week program.
“Patients and families in the metro Richmond area can now access a higher level of care with the intensive support that Veritas Collaborative offers,” said Beth Ayn Stansfield, founder of Stay Strong Richmond. “When needed, patients and families can secure all-inclusive care locally and hold hope for recovery.”
Since its inception in 2012 in Durham, North Carolina, Veritas Collaborative has treated over 380 patients and their families.
Veritas Collaborative will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony at its new Richmond facility on Thursday, March 10, from 1 to 2 p.m.