ACUTE PERSONALIZED CARE
Many people experience a variety of symptoms at the same time. For example, obsessive‑compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating disorders—such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating—frequently co-occur with anxiety or depression.
Treating complex, multiple illnesses requires highly specialized training and experience. At Sheppard Pratt, the depth of our specialized care and individualized treatment programs set us apart.
Our network of providers and care teams are uniquely qualified to treat all of a person’s needs in a single continuum of care. Todd Peters, MD, vice president and chief medical officer, explained: “We work to identify what patients need, including whether they can best be helped in one of our specialty care areas. If patients have multiple, co-occurring issues—like trauma and substance use—we can treat the whole person and provide world‑class care for all issues. We don’t have to transfer care elsewhere in the state or the country. It’s less disruptive for the patients and their families and provides opportunities for the best outcomes.”
Adding expertise in OCD
In the past year, The Center for OCD and Anxiety, led by Jon Hershfield, MFT, joined Sheppard Pratt. “Now more than ever, there is a need for dedicated programs with renowned expertise to treat OCD, anxiety, and other related disorders,” said Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA, president and CEO. “As part of our community, Jon and his team can connect more people with the resources they need.”
OCD is particularly difficult to treat. On average, patients may wait as long as 17 years to seek help. Even then, it’s difficult to acknowledge the problem. “Reaching out is really hard,” Hershfield explained. “And it is important to offer those struggling with these conditions the best evidence-based treatment possible.”
Moreover, specialized training is required to deal with OCD. “A lot of talk therapies can actually make it worse,” Hershfield said. “The patient will be asking for reassurance, but what’s needed is learning how to deal with uncertainty. That’s the hallmark of this disorder.”
As part of Sheppard Pratt, The Center for OCD and Anxiety team strengthens our organization. Working alongside our other providers, the team can consult and effectively treat the co-occurring symptoms of OCD in order to significantly reduce the barriers to treatment and help people get back to leading more joyful lives.
Patients and families rely on us to provide
the right level of care at the right time.
The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt
At The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, our highly trained team of experts understands that each disorder has its own unique set of causes, symptoms, and health risks. We know that every individual may experience the illness and the recovery process differently.
Our program offers evidence-based therapies across three levels of care:
The Inpatient Program consists of 24/7 care and medical monitoring, structured meals, and evidence-based therapy in a 23-bed inpatient unit.
The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides treatment for patients who don’t require round-the-clock hospitalization but do need more intensive care than an outpatient setting.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) features robust, structured support for patients who don’t require hospitalization.
“Our environments are tailored to our patient’s needs. For example, in our inpatient program, we have a robust structured schedule that is customized for each patient—from the moment they wake up, to their weight checks, to their meal times. This requires a tightly integrated, multi-disciplinary, and passionate care team,” Dr. Peters said.
And the need for this comprehensive care is urgent. Eating disorders don’t discriminate, and The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt provides care for all people age 12 and older from across the country. Few other programs can:
- Treat such a diverse population.
- Address all eating disorder diagnoses and co-occurring diagnoses.
- Offer the care continuum and 360-degree approach.
Our eating disorders program is uniquely equipped to address underlying issues as well as help individuals with eating disorders re-establish participation in meaningful life roles and return to leading a healthy, balanced life.
“Our goal is to help those in need. Patients and families can rely on us at Sheppard Pratt to provide the right level of care, including in one of our specialized care environments, at the right time. We can identify the best setting and focus on the individual to deliver the best care possible,” said Dr. Peters.