Concurrent Sessions

B5-b – Scaling-Up the Eating Disorders Bridge Program: the FHT Model at its best

Theme 5. Why hasn’t this expanded: scalable pilot programs

Presentation Details

  • Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Concurrent Session B
  • Time: 3:30 – 4:15pm
  • Room: Pier 7 & 8
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Clinical providers, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how the FHT framework supports collaboration and delivery of comprehensive patient care when implementing an ED Bridge Program.
  2. Understand how to distribute FHT resources to meet the needs of a vulnerable population at a FHT of any size.
  3. Know the key EMR features that enable the tracking of patient outcomes and program evaluation in order to scale-up your ED Bridge Program.


The length of time between a patient’s diagnosis of an eating disorder and entry into a formal eating disorders treatment program can be weeks to months. During that time, these patients are often medically unstable and in need of some type of immediate intervention. The goal of the ED Bridge Program is to offer support to any patient waiting for treatment at an eating disorders program by

  1. Doing no harm
  2. Monitoring the health of the patient to prevent further medical instability

The Markham FHT ED Bridge Program, supported by a Nurse Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, and Social Worker, uses a multidisciplinary approach to care in order to keep patients medically stable and out of hospital. The team helps to “bridge” the waiting time often associated with formal eating disorders programs, by initiating clinical and psychosocial interventions in a timely fashion. As FHT’s are similarly-resourced, attendees of this presentation could use this model to implement their own ED Bridge Program simply by following the steps covered by the IHP’s as outlined.  Metrics, and most importantly how to set up your EMR to efficiently extract data, will be highlighted, as well as a “How to Build This Program” breakdown for the audience. The presentation will demonstrate to AFHTO members the practicality of the program and the tremendous potential in “scaling-up”.


  • Kelly Van Camp, NP, Clinical Lead Markham FHT ED Bridge Program, Markham FHT
  • Rhonda Pompilio, MSW, Markham FHT
  • Lisa Ruddy, Clinical Program Manager, Markham FHT

Authors & Contributors

  • Allan Grill, Lead Physician Markham FHT