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New England Eating Disorders Program at Mercy Hospital
Contact Information
Street Address144 State Street
City, State, ZipcodePortland, ME 04101
Name of Center DirectorPatrice Lockhart, ME, Medical Director

General Information
Levels of care offeredInpatient; Partial Hospitalization; Intensive Outpatient
Organization statusNonprofit
Facility settingUrban
Does the center have a treatment philosophy or mission statement?Yes - Mercy’s stated mission is: Mercy Hospital carries out the healing work of Christ by providing clinically excellent, compassionate healthcare for all, with special concern for the poor and disadvantaged. The hospital offers the only comprehensive in-patient and day treatment program for eating disorders in Maine. Staffed by nurses, therapists, nutritionists, and physicians, the Eating Disorders Program offers a balance of inpatient and day treatment services. Family therapy is available and support and education for family members is a critical component of treatment.
Is the center affiliated with a specific religious faith?Yes - Catholic
For how many years has the center offered bulimia treatmentFor at least 20 years
What other major psychiatric disorders and conditions does the center treat?All eating disorders; other coexisting psychiatric disorders

Patient Demographics
  No information provided by the facility for this section.

Staffing and Staff Experience
  No information provided by the facility for this section.

Patient Admissions Criteria
  No information provided by the facility for this section.

Payment for Services
Does the center accept private health insurance?Yes
Does the center accept Medicaid patients?Yes
Are staff dedicated specifically to working with the patient/family to obtain coverage from the health plan?Staff will assist as needed.

Assessment of Patient Outcomes
  No information provided by the facility for this section.

Discharge Criteria
What step-down care does the center recommend and provide?Patients spend the night at Mercy Hospital in the inpatient program until able to participate in partial hospitalization. The intensive outpatient program is designed as a step down for people who have been in the partial hospitalization program. This level of care is only accessed via the partial hospitalization program.

Medical Treatment Provided by the Center
  No information provided by the facility for this section.

Individual Psychotherapy Provided by the Center
Individual Cognitive and/or Behavior TherapyOffered
Individual Psychodynamic TherapyOffered
Individual Supportive TherapyNot Offered
Other Individual TherapiesOffered
Spiritual counseling

Group Psychotherapy Provided by the Center
Group Cognitive and/or Behavior TherapyOffered
Group Psychodynamic TherapyOffered
Group Psychoeducational TherapyNot Offered
Other Group TherapiesNot Offered

Family Involvement Provided by the Center
Family Therapy with Adolescent PatientsOffered
Family Therapy with Adult PatientsOffered

Therapies Offered
Art TherapyNot Offered
Movement TherapyNot Offered
PsychodramaNot Offered
MusicNot Offered
Individual Nutritional Counseling ServicesOffered
Group Nutritional Counseling ServicesOffered
Mealtime Support TherapyOffered
Self-Help Support Groups Offered (types)Offered
(Discovery Group -recovery focused, peer-led community support group for people with eating disorders.)
ExerciseNot Offered
YogaNot Offered
Meditation/Relaxation TrainingNot Offered
JournalingNot Offered
MassageNot Offered
Photo (light) TherapyNot Offered
Emailing or Telephone TherapyNot Offered
CoachingNot Offered
Eye Movement DesensitizationNot Offered
MandometerNot Offered
BiofeedbackNot Offered
Equine/Animal-assisted TherapiesNot Offered
Recovery Retreats after Intensive TherapyNot Offered
Dialectical Behavior TherapyNot Offered

Additional Information
  No information provided by the facility for this section.

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Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person engages in binge eating (eating a lot of food in a short time) followed by some type of behavior to prevent weight gain from the food that was eaten. This behavior can take two forms: self-induced vomiting, misuse of enemas, laxatives, diet pills (called purging) and excessive exercise, fasting, or diabetic omission of insulin (called non-purging). Some people with bulimia nervosa may also starve themselves for periods of time before binge eating again. Bulimia nervosa has important mental, emotional, and physical aspects that require consideration during treatment.

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