MetroWest Daily News
Waltham's Walden Behavioral Care, which provides specialized care for individuals and families impacted by all types of eating disorders, announced the acquisition of the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders of Dunwoody, Georgia. The joining of these two organizations will bring more comprehensive, individualized and accessible eating disorder treatment to those across the Atlanta region. Leveraging Walden's experience in establishing a regional, full system of care, ACE will build off its 23 years of treatment experience, expanding its community-based treatment services and programming into additional, intensive treatment settings. Walden seeks to create programming to meet the needs of individuals who require comprehensive, coordinated care. ACE will continue to provide treatment at the partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and aftercare program levels at its Alpharetta, Decatur and Dunwoody locations. Thirty million Americans have eating disorders, including hundreds of thousands throughout Georgia. The combination of Walden and ACE establishes one of the region's first full systems of care for adolescents and adults impacted by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other specific feeding or eating disorders. With the acquisition, Walden will now have 14 locations across Massachusetts, Connecticut and Georgia, including two inpatient units, one residential facility and 11 ambulatory clinics. Covington Associates LLC acted as exclusive financial adviser to Walden Behavioral Care. The Braff Group served as exclusive merger and acquisition adviser for Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders.