Advanced Recovery Systems Acquires Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services

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Growing behavioral health management system continues expansion in eating disorders treatment category.

Acquiring the Blue Horizon eating disorder treatment brand enhances our position to play an even more important future role in a field where our patients’ success is driven by our company’s uncompromising commitment to providing quality care.

Integrated multi-state behavioral healthcare management company Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), which operates from corporate offices in Fort Lauderdale, has enhanced its eating disorders treatment service line by acquiring Winter Park, Florida-based Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services, LLC (Blue Horizon).

The acquisition became effective in mid-January.

Blue Horizon is nationally recognized for clinical leadership and success in treating patients facing the medical, nutritional and psychological issues that accompany eating disorder issues.

“Incorporating the Blue Horizon brand and treatment model into the ARS family of treatment centers is a rare opportunity to welcome some of the nation’s most highly respected dietitians and therapists into our organization,” said ARS chief executive officer Mitchell Eisenberg, M.D.

Blue Horizon provides intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization services for eating disorder clients from a location in Winter Park that will be expanding into additional space during the first quarter of 2016.

“This is an excellent strategic move for both organizations and good news for anyone seeking the highest quality care for an eating disorder,” said Karen Beerbower, MS, RD, LD/N, CEDRD, F.iaedp, founder of Blue Horizon and current program advisor.

The Blue Horizon program aligns well with the integrated behavioral health model available at the growing number of ARS locations throughout the country, and the acquisition bolsters the ARS position as a leading provider of eating disorder treatment services nationally, Dr. Eisenberg added.

“The Blue Horizon clinical team will be sharing and teaching valuable insights at our other centers to help ARS develop additional programming for patients with the co-occurring issues of both addiction and eating disorder recovery as the ARS family of treatment centers continues to grow,” said Kevin Wandler, M.D., chief medical officer for ARS.

Dr. Wandler said approximately one third of patients treated at ARS centers have eating disorder issues, regardless of the addiction or substance abuse patterns they are working to overcome.

Blue Horizon delivers a multidisciplinary approach to treating eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and other related disorders. Services are tailored to each patient from age 9 through adulthood.

“The ARS leadership team fully recognizes the need for additional eating disorder treatment options across the United States,” Dr. Eisenberg said. “Acquiring the Blue Horizon eating disorder treatment brand enhances our position to play an even more important future role in a field where our patients’ success is driven by our company’s uncompromising commitment to providing quality care.”

Blue Horizon was founded in 2009, is licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS)

Founded in 2013, ARS owns and operates behavioral health facilities providing services for adults and adolescents that include: addiction recovery and treatment for substance abuse, eating disorders and a variety of mental health issues. Its network of treatment centers includes:

  • The Recovery Village (Umatilla, Florida)
  • The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake (Palmer Lake, Colorado)
  • Next Generation Village (Sebring, Florida)
  • Orlando Recovery Center (Orlando, Florida)
  • Next Step Village (Maitland, Florida)
  • Blue Horizon Eating Disorder Services (Winter Park, Florida)

For more information, visit AdvancedRecoverySystems.com or BlueHorizonED.com.

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