OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The only hospital treatment program for eating disorders in the metro closed three years ago. Patients had to go to St. Louis or Denver. Now the metro has intensive treatment options again. One center opened eight months ago, and another will open August 24th.
A sign says "Your strength is within" at McCallum Place, the new center in Overland Park. It's a partial hospitalization program for people with eating disorders. Patients will be there seven days a week for up to 10 hours a day. The founder, Dr. Kimberli McCallum, also has centers in St. Louis and Austin. She says partial hospitalization works.
"They're having an opportunity to be at home with their families in the evening and have their toe out the door and practice and begin to really transition back to their life when they're ready," said Dr. McCallum.
Patients will receive individual, group and family therapy, medical treatment and dietary counseling.
"They will also eat here four times a day so they'll really get to practice that. We'll have restaurant outings. They'll learn self-portioning, how to portion foods," said Kori Hintz-Bohn, the senior program/clinical consultant.
Another partial hospitalization program, the Eating Disorder Center of Kansas City, opened in Merriam eight months ago.
Before that, Alexandra Lewis had to go to Denver for intensive treatment because there was none in the metro. She had struggled for 10 years with anorexia and bulimia.
"I was binging and purging about six to eight times a day, and I was running about six miles a day, and then I would go a couple of days without eating," Lewis said.
Lewis says it's good that metro patients are able to stay home now. She's been in recovery for nine months.
"Yes, recovery is possible. It's hard and for me, it's progress not perfection," she said.
She's hopeful others will make progress at McCallum Place. For more information, go to