The Renfrew Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary as Country’s First Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Facility
Empowering adolescent girls and women to reclaim their lives since 1985
The Renfrew Center is celebrating its 30th Anniversary as the country’s first residential eating disorder facility dedicated exclusively to the treatment of adolescent girls and women. Specializing in anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and related behavioral health issues, Renfrew has treated more than 65,000 women in its 17 locations nationwide.
Renfrew opened its doors in Philadelphia, PA in 1985 on a 27-acre horse farm. In 1990, a second residential facility in Coconut Creek, FL opened on a 10-acre horse farm. Both facilities provide a safe, home-like environment for patients to learn new, healthier behaviors.
Renfrew formed The Renfrew Center Foundation in 1990 whose mission is to educate professionals and the public about eating disorders, prevention and treatment. To date, The Renfrew Center Foundation has trained more than 30,000 professionals in the U.S. and abroad.
“Since the beginning, we have been pioneers in the field. Before Renfrew, eating disorders were a well-kept secret and only a handful of medical and psychiatric hospitals dealt mainly with the symptoms,” said Samuel E. Menaged, JD, Founder and President of The Renfrew Center. “When I founded Renfrew I knew we needed to provide adolescent girls and women with a comprehensive treatment approach in a non-institutional environment. Thus, Renfrew’s concept of healing through community and empowerment was created.”
In the mid-1990s, Renfrew created the country’s first day treatment and intensive outpatient programs for eating disorders. Today, Renfrew offers programming in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.
Renfrew’s treatment philosophy emphasizes a respect for the unique psychology of women, the importance of a collaborative therapeutic relationship, and the belief that every woman needs to actively participate in her own recovery. Drs. Susan Ice and Gayle Brooks, internationally recognized experts in the eating disorder field, oversee the clinical operations of Renfrew’s 17 locations. The Renfrew Center works directly with most major insurance companies, and remains a family business.