Centura - Porter Adventist Hospital
Founded in 1930, Porter Adventist Hospital has provided people throughout Denver and surrounding communities with compassionate, personalized healthcare. Today, Porter Adventist Hospital is a full-service, acute-care referral center specializing in joint replacement, spine surgery, organ transplant, behavioral health, cancer care, and innovative cardiac treatments.
About Our Hospital
Henry Porter recognized the value of holistic healthcare after receiving treatment at two Seventh-day Adventist Sanitariums. His experiences at these sanitariums changed his life and the face of healthcare in Denver forever.
The care he received left such an impact on him that he became committed to opening a similar facility in Denver, CO. Today, Porter Adventist Hospital along with its sister facilities, continues to apply the same philosophy of care in treating the mind, body, and spirit.
Porter Adventist Hospital by the numbers
- Active Medical Staff – 1,330
- Admissions – 7,512
- 2022 ED Visits – 26,256
- Caregivers – 1,177
- Emergency Department Beds – 33
- Surgical Suites – 21
- Beds – 368 Licensed Beds
- FY22 Uncompensated/Charity care – $113.8
Colorado joint replacement & The Porter Center for Joint Replacement
Ranked among America’s 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2021 for Joint Replacement for six years in a row.
Named among the Top 5% in the nation for Joint Replacement for six years in a row by Healthgrades.
Five-Star recipient for Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement for seven years in a row by Healthgrades.
Nursing unit received 2020 AMSN PRISM Award® recognizing excellence in medical-surgical nursing care.
Has an international reputation for teaching, research, and surgical excellence.
Opened Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy in 2020, providing specialized, minimally invasive endoscopic procedures.
Five-Star recipient for treatment of Bowel Obstruction for five years in a row by Healthgrades.
Porter behavioral health
Features comprehensive behavioral healthcare services, including outpatient therapy and medication management, intensive outpatient programs, electro-convulsive therapy, and inpatient care for adults and seniors.
Porter Heart and Vascular Institute
Designated a CommonSpirit Health LAAO (Watchman) Center of Excellence.
American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Accreditation with Primary PCI.
Accredited through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
Emergency Department, Level III trauma center. and critical care
Recipient of the Lantern Award for exceptional and innovative performance for 2019-2022 by the Emergency Nurses Association.
Five-Star recipient for treatment of Sepsis for eight years in a row by Healthgrades.
Five-Star recipient for treatment of Respiratory Failure for six years in a row by Healthgrades.
Porter cancer center
Nationally accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Radiology.
Offers standard comprehensive services, PET-CT diagnostic scanning, advanced radiation therapy, and genetic counseling.02
In July 2023, Porter Adventist Hospital is applying for re-designation of the Magnet Recognition Program®.
- Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via e-mail and direct mail.
- Your comments must be received by the Magnet Program Office by July 1, 2023
NOTE: All comments are CONFIDENTIAL and are not shared with the health care organization. Comments may be anonymous, but they must be sent in writing to the Magnet Program Office.
- AMERICAN NURSES CREDENTIALING CENTER (ANCC)
- MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM OFFICE
- 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
- Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492
E-Mail: [email protected]
In 2018, Porter was recognized as a Magnet Hospital for a third time, placing it in the top 6th percentile of hospitals nationwide for its standard of care.
At Porter Adventist Hospital, our philosophy creates an environment where nurses are respected, trained, and equipped to provide the highest level of patient care. We believe that when nurses are skilled, confident, and satisfied with their career, patient's outcomes improve, and that truly is the best of science and spirit.
Porter Adventist Hospital has achieved Magnet™ designation for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credential Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®, the largest and most prominent nursing credentialing organization in the United States. Porter is the first hospital in the Centura Health system to achieve this national status.
The Magnet™ designation places Porter among healthcare organizations that demonstrate excellence in nursing practice and adherence to national standards for the organization and delivery of nursing services. Porter completed a rigorous evaluation that included extensive interviews and a review of nursing services. Research shows there are clear benefits to hospitals that are awarded Magnet status and to the communities they serve:
- Healthcare consumers have more confidence in the overall quality of a hospital if it has achieved the level of excellence established by the Magnet Recognition Program.
- Magnet designated facilities consistently outperform other facilities in recruiting and retaining nurses resulting in increased stability in patient care and patient satisfaction.
- Because quality nursing is one of the most important factors in enlisting high-caliber physicians and specialists, Magnet status becomes an attractive force that extends to the entire facility.
Porter Adventist Hospital has recently earned the NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) designation, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment to excellence in geriatric care. Through Porter’s participation in the NICHE program — a leading elder care nursing program — we are able to offer evidence-based, interdisciplinary approaches promoting better outcomes, positive experiences, and improved care for older adults. This leads to greater satisfaction rates for patients, families, and staff.
Porter Adventist Hospital Nursing Division supports a shared decision-making model. Our council model consists of the following councils: Nursing Practice Council, Professional Development Council, Advanced Practice Nurse Council, Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council, Clinical Management Council, and Shared Leadership Council.
The Nursing Practice Council
has oversight for the promotion of excellence and quality in the practice of nursing at Porter Adventist Hospital. The NPC translates empowerment, responsibility, and accountability to the clinical nurses. Members of the Nurse Practice Council represent each of their respective nursing units.
The NPC defines, approves, implements, and maintains a standard of practice in which clinical excellence and optimal patient care are promoted through shared governance. The Council works to ensure all practice and patient care decisions are consistent with evidence-based practice and professional standards.
The Professional Development Council
promotes educational initiatives that create a learning organization and enhance the education and development of PAH associates. In addition, council members facilitate specialty development and career advancement for PAH employees. Membership of the PDC includes Advanced Practice Nurses, general staff development educators, and unit-based clinical educators.
The PDC will focus on facilitating needs assessment and competency processes, along with highlighting innovative educational resources and technology that will ensure associates learn in the most effective manner. In addition, council members will facilitate specialty development and career advancement for PAH employees.
The Advanced Practice Nurse Council
enhances and promotes Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) at Porter Hospital through leadership, education, research, and collaboration/consultation. This Council promotes the opportunity for growth of advanced practice nurses, along with leadership, through the identification of areas for improvement and their resolutions within this diverse group of clinicians. The Council serves as an advisory council to the Senior Administration Team.
The Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council
supports evidence-based practice and nursing research as two critical elements basic to the provision of nursing care at Porter Adventist Hospital. The Council aims to increase the ability of all nursing staff to provide evidence-based care, increase the involvement of the nursing staff in nursing research, and facilitate nursing research at Porter Adventist Hospital. Members of the EBP council include staff nurses, nursing leadership, and interdisciplinary members.
The Clinical Management Council
defines, approves, implements, and maintains fiscal and human resource accountability for the practice of clinical excellence and optimal patient care through shared governance. Membership of the management council includes representatives from all levels of nursing leadership and clinical representation.
The Shared Governance Leadership Council
coordinates projects and efforts of all Councils, working toward consensus of identifying priorities to support excellence in collaborative patient care through shared governance. Membership of this council consists of chairs of each of the shared governance councils. The CNO facilitates the shared governance model as the chair of this council.
Professional Nursing contributes to caring for patients at Porter Adventist Hospital and the surrounding community through the following services:
Behavioral healthcare, adult and geriatric. Porter is one of the few area hospitals that provide inpatient behavioral healthcare. Our nurses bring expertise in behavioral and geriatric care to support patient diagnosis, treatment, and healing. Nursing initiatives in ligature reduction and obstructive sleep apnea assessment support enhanced patient safety.
Bone and joint care. Nurses provide pre- and post-operative care to patients needing new joints or other surgical intervention. Nurses teach classes on what to expect while in the hospital, then support the patient and family through the hospital experience. Nurses prioritize early mobility and pain control to help patients get home as soon as possible.
Cancer care. Porter Adventist Hospital nurses are part of the Centura Health Cancer Network, providing evidence-based diagnosis and treatment unique to each patient. Oncology nurses are nationally certified, providing a high level of expertise in providing chemotherapy medications. Nurse navigators support the patient and connect them to hospital and community resources. Radiation oncology nurses provide targeted treatments and assist patients to reduce side effects from those treatments. Palliative care nurses support end-of-life decision-making and pain management throughout the cancer journey. Nurses facilitate multiple community support groups to help patients manage their cancer experience.
Cardiology care. Nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists coordinate cardiac testing for early identification of heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation following a heart disease diagnosis. Cardiac catheterization lab and electrophysiology nurses support patients through skilled vascular procedures to improve circulation and collaborate with the Emergency Department to provide prompt interventions to reduce the negative effects of heart attacks. Telemetry nurses provide inpatients with support and monitoring to identify and manage cardiac symptoms and arrhythmias.
Emergency and trauma care. Our emergency and trauma services nurses drove the implementation of protocols providing optimum outcomes for sepsis, geriatric, stroke, and heart attack patients. Nurses triage patients to decrease wait times and provide prompt emergency care. Nurses support achievement of, and care provided through, the Level III Trauma Certification.
Intensive care. Nurses care for patients who need critical care, ventilation support, ECMO, or CRRT around the clock. These ill patients require highly-skilled nursing interventions. Intensive care nurses have worked to reduce patient infections and improve patient mobility and comfort, supporting both the patient and their family members.
Medical and surgical care. Nurses care with compassion for patients needing general medical and/or surgical services. Porter Adventist Hospital medical units were one of the first in the state of Colorado to implement the PIVO device, which eliminates multiple blood draws for patients, making the patient experience more comfortable.
Neurology care. Nurses provide care to patients through the diagnosis, treatment, and surgical intervention processes. There is a Nurse Stroke Coordinator who leads the Porter Adventist Hospital Stroke Certification process, ensuring top-level care for stroke patients.
Outpatient care. Nurses support patients who may not need an inpatient stay but need care and treatment. Our gastrointestinal Lab nurses prepare and care for patients needing procedures like endoscopies or colonoscopies. Interventional radiology Nurses support patients through skilled diagnostic procedures to inform their healthcare. Infusion center nurses provide outpatient intravenous medications including chemotherapy and antibiotics.
Perioperative care. Our skilled nurses support the patient through preparation for surgery, assist during surgical procedures, and provide support and care during the recovery process. Professional nursing organization standards have been implemented by Perioperative nurses including the time-out process, reduction of micro-organisms that can result in infections, and team communication to track surgical instruments.
Spine care. Nurses provide care to patients through treatment, and surgical intervention for spinal issues. Spine nurses have collaborated with the interprofessional team to improve pain control and mobility for post-operative spine patients.
If you are interested in a nursing position at Porter Adventist Hospital, please visit www.centura.org/careers to learn about positions available and contact information.
Porter Adventist Hospital Leadership
Todd Folkenberg has been with Centura Health since 2005 and is currently the CEO of Porter Adventist Hospital. Prior to this role, he was the CEO of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital from 2012-2017 and served as Porter Adventist Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer from 2009-2012. Additionally, Todd worked at St. Anthony Central Hospital as VP of Operations and Chief Business Officer. His early Centura Health career included working in the Corporate Revenue Management Division.
Prior to Centura Health, Todd worked in various business development and operations improvement roles at Duke University Medical Center. He also co-founded a consulting firm focusing on physician strategic alignment of hospital-employed physician practices. He later sold this firm to Deloitte Consulting, where he worked for over six years.
He graduated from Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Long-Term Healthcare and Business Administration. He then went on to obtain his master's in Health Services Administration from George Washington University and completed his Administrative Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Todd lives in Castle Rock with his wife and two children. He enjoys all that Colorado offers, including mountain biking, boating, hiking, and spending time with family.
Andrew Whitlock is the Chief Financial Officer at Porter Adventist Hospital, where he provides leadership and oversight of hospital financial performance and stewardship. He previously served as Director of Finance at Avista Adventist Hospital and joined Centura as Director of Net Revenue and Analytics.
He has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and a bachelor’s in business administration from Union College. ”I am on a mission to help others while creating smiles, and I am excited to be a part of this team and the rich heritage at Porter,” he says. With a love for the outdoors, Andrew enjoys camping, fishing, hiking or just being with friends and family at a park. He and his wife have two daughters.
Deborah Spielman is the Chief Operating Officer at Porter Adventist Hospital, where she is responsible for the development and growth of key services, including behavioral health, cardiovascular health, digestive health, and oncology.
She also leads daily hospital operations in partnership with the Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Medical Officer, working to ensure our caregivers and leaders are delivering safe, efficient, and exceptional care to our patients.
“I’m on a mission to support and serve our team members and our physicians in delivering world class, whole person care, to every patient and family, every time,” she says.
Deborah brings 25 years of leadership experience to Porter, having served most recently as Vice President and COO at AdventHealth for Women and AdventHealth for Children in Orlando. She was born and raised in Central Florida and has six children and five grandchildren.
Michael-Anthony Williams, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer at Porter Adventist Hospital. As the leader of our physicians and other medical providers, he works to ensure the hospital provides excellent patient care.
“I believe wholeheartedly in extending the healing ministry of Christ, and that happens both at the bedside and in interactions with colleagues and associates,” Dr. Williams said. “I’m excited to part of a great team of healthcare providers that will continue to grow and strengthen Porter’s role in the community.”
Prior to accepting the role of CMO, Dr. Williams spent ten years caring for surgical patients at Porter. For most of that time, he served as Medical Director for Pre-Admit Testing, focusing on exceeding the expectations of our patients, surgeons, and associates. Trained in internal medicine, M-A also spent 11 years as a practicing hospitalist in the Denver area.
Dr. Williams and his wife have two sons. Outside the hospital, you will usually find him on his bike, which he often rides to work.
Rachel Miles, DNP, is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Porter Adventist Hospital, where she leads our incredible nurses in providing excellent, compassionate care. As a passionate advocate for nurses, she is committed to ensuring patients and caregivers have a positive experience.
Rachel, who was named CNO in February 2023, said, “I look forward to working with our nurses on our journey to Magnet redesignation – the gold standard for nursing excellence – as well as growth opportunities for the hospital and nursing team.”
A graduate of Regis University in Denver with a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Rachel earned a master of science in nursing as well as her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Central Florida.
In her free time, Rachel and her family love hiking with their three dogs and own a CrossFit gym in Aurora.
Centura Porter Adventist Hospital has an enormous commitment to bringing our community the very best in care with the highest level of compassion. Part of that care and compassion comes from our amazing community of volunteers, who are the heart and soul of Porter Adventist Hospital. Whether you are welcoming people at our front desk, walking with someone to a testing area, or making rounds with our angel cart, you are always good medicine!
If you have questions or want more information, contact us:
- Phone: 303-778-5693
- [email protected]
At Centura Porter Hospital, our patients, visitors, and staff benefit when volunteers serve on a regular, long-term basis. We ask that you carefully consider your schedule and your abilities before you apply to volunteer at Porter Adventist Hospital. See a list of volunteer requirements:
- Must be 15 years of age or older.
- Adults over 18 must commit to a minimum of six months.
- Available for one 3–4-hour shift per week (varies by assignment).
- Undergo a background check.
- Provide records for required immunizations.
- Take a tuberculosis test (free of charge).
- Complete an application, interview, orientation, and specific training for your volunteer position.
Junior Volunteer Program: This summer program is offered to students 15-18 years old. Junior volunteers must be able to make a commitment to nine weeks during the summer. This is a highly sought-after program, and we cannot guarantee placement for every student. Please have applications submitted by April 30. Interviews are conducted in May. Immunization records, TB test as well as 2 letters of recommendation are required.
Upon submitting your online application, you will receive an email to schedule an interview.
During the interview we will talk about the different volunteer opportunities we have available. We have opportunities to meet a variety of schedules, skills and interests.
Once you have successfully completed the background check, TB test and all documentation has been submitted and approved, you will receive your uniform and departmental training
Porter Adventist Hospital is a full-service, acute-care referral center specializing in joint replacement, spine surgery, organ transplant, behavioral health, digestive health, cancer care, and innovative cardiac treatments. Learn about each of our specialties, including how they can serve your needs with advanced treatment and compassionate care.
Delivering excellence in Joint Replacement
The Colorado Joint Replacement program is rated among the top programs in the country. It scores in the top 1 percentile for patient quality and satisfaction. Our patients also give the program top scores, giving us a 5-star Google ratings for every joint replacement surgeon in our program.
You can count on us to be there for you. We understand that times of illness and injury affect not only our patients, but also their loved ones. The information below will help you before, during, and after you come to our hospital. Our goal is to provide the level of patient experience that enhances your peace of mind and earns your full confidence.
Please read Centura Health's current COVID-19 visitor restrictions. Contact the hospital directly for additional individual visitor policies that may apply.
All visitors of patients at our hospital enjoy equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences and subject to the facility’s clinical restrictions. Visitor policy may be subject to change. Please adhere to any adjustments to permitted visitors, as posted in our facility.
- Visitors under the age of 14 must be escorted by a responsible adult.
- At 7 pm, seven days a week, the main lobby entrance will be locked. After 7 pm, enter the hospital through the emergency department walk-in entrance.
- There may be times when visitors are asked to leave to better meet the needs of our patients.
Patients and visitors may park in the covered garage by the main entrance and adjacent lots around the hospital. Free parking is available 24 hours a day.
Vending machines are located on the lower level next to the cafeteria, and on the first floor in the atrium near the gift shop.
A 24-hour Micro Mart with fresh food, frozen items, and drinks is located in the patient waiting area on the first floor.
The South Downing Café
Location: on the first floor of the hospital
Monday – Thursday: 6:30 am – 7 pm
Friday: 6:30 am – 4 pm
Weekend & Holidays: 7 am – 10 am and 11 am – 2 pm
Our gift shop is conveniently located on the first floor across from the cafeteria. Visitors can find a variety of gifts and convenience items for their family members or loved ones in the hospital. Call 303-778-5867 to get the most updated hours.
Letters and packages are delivered to patients Monday - Friday. If you have letters to be mailed, you may give them to your nurse. Flowers addressed to you will be delivered to your room unless you are in the intensive care unit. Only Mylar® balloons are permitted in the hospital. Latex balloons can cause allergic responses and interfere with hospital safety systems.
ATMs are located in the human resources department lobby near the gift shop.
Programs and Community
We ignite passionate giving by connecting generous hearts to transform lives.
Porter Adventist Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit, faith-based fundraising organization dedicated to providing financial support to Porter Adventist Hospital, thereby helping to facilitate and improve healthcare for the people of our community. We are committed to extending the healing ministry of Christ, by caring for those in need—particularly the sick, the injured and the elderly—through our financial support of Porter Adventist Hospital.
Community health and wellness is a priority to us, that’s why we’re proud to offer a wide range of community programs, classes and events designed to keep you well.
Community Engagement Request
Centura Health hospitals receive many requests each year asking us to engage in community events and programs. Supporting the communities we serve in this way is a reflection of our mission: to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities.
Before submitting a request, please consider the following:
- Sponsorships and events should align with our mission, vision and values. All sponsorships and events should relate to community health improvement or prevention and one of the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment priorities.
- Please make your request at least 60 days prior to your event or sponsorship deadline.
- Completion of this form does not guarantee a donation or sponsorship.
- We are only able to support non-profit organizations.
Completed requests will be considered by an internal committee. We will contact you within 30 days regarding the status of your request.
Cancer Support Services
A cancer diagnosis is a life changing event, both for the patient and the family. Research indicates people who get the support they need have more favorable outcomes. In response to this and the mission statement of Porter Adventist Hospital, our Oncology Department offers a wide range of support services to cope with the experience of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Following is a list of support services that can provide strength and support to you on this journey.
Monthly Breast Cancer Support Group
This group is for women at any stage of a breast cancer diagnosis, including newly diagnosed, in active treatment, and navigating post-treatment survivorship. This group aims to provides education, support and connection. A guest co-facilitator often joins the monthly groups and provides knowledge in an area of expertise or interest to group members. This is a free support group, but registration is recommended. To register for the Breast Cancer Support Group, please call 303-765-3814.
This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. at Porter Adventist Hospital.
*Please note, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the group is meeting virtually via Zoom.
Our whole person approach to cancer care includes support for the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual impact of a cancer diagnosis. Our Oncology Social Worker on staff is skilled in assessing an individual’s whole person care needs in order to develop a plan that helps patients to live well despite their illness. Our Oncology Social Worker connects patients and caregivers to helpful support resources and community services, and also provides patient, caregiver and family counseling to help persons cope with and navigate the impact of a cancer diagnosis. All services are free of charge.
To learn more about the psychosocial support services available, please contact our Oncology Social Worker at 303-765-3814.
Nutrition concerns are common among individuals with cancer. Additionally, cancer treatments may cause side effects that alter digestion, appetite, chewing, and swallowing. This can make it difficult to maintain the strength needed to complete treatment without interruptions or unintentional changes in therapy. For this reason, The Porter Cancer Care Center offers the services of Registered Dietician Nutritionists (RDN), who are board certified in oncology nutrition (CSO). Our dieticians work closely with the medical team to provide customized nutrition plans during counseling sessions, which may include recommendations on how to:
- Maximize nutrition
- Safely incorporate dietary and herbal supplements into your treatment plan
- Manage weight concerns
- Use alternative nutrition (tube feeding or IV nutrition) at home
Nutrition counseling is a free service offered to all cancer patients and their families within Porter Cancer Care Center.
To schedule an appointment, please contact one of our Dieticians directly at 303-765-6530.
At Porter Adventist Hospital, we recognize the importance of using genetic counseling services to promote informed decisions about health, cancer screening, and genetic conditions. Centura Health certified Genetic Counselors provide genetic counseling services for cancer risk assessment & other hereditary cancer conditions. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call 303-734-5300.
Kids Alive!: Support for Children of Parents with Cancer
This free program is open to children ages 6-16 who have a parent diagnosed with cancer. Our monthly groups meet one Saturday morning per month, from 9-11am, at Porter Adventist Hospital between the months of September to May. For more information, please contact Kids Alive! Program Coordinator at 303-765-3883. To submit an online registration form for your child to participate in the Kids Alive! program, please click here.
*Please note, during the Covid-19 pandemic, group is meeting virtually via Zoom.
Individual and Family Counseling
Our Oncology Social Worker on staff provides counseling support to any Porter Adventist Hospital oncology patient or family member at no charge. To make an appointment, call 303-765-3814.
Young Adult Cancer Support Group
Adults 45 years of age and younger living with cancer have unique concerns, questions, and needs. We invite you to join our virtual Young Adult Cancer Support Group to share your experience, receive support and understanding from peers, and learn from skilled professionals. No aspect of life with and after cancer is off-limits for discussion. For more information, please contact our Oncology Social Worker facilitator at 303-765-3814 or Oncology Nurse Navigator facilitator at 719-571-3851. To submit an online registration form to enroll in this support group, please click here.
Integrative Therapy Program
Our Integrative Therapy Program aims to optimize overall wellbeing by enhancing mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health through our monthly programs. Monthly exercise and wellness programs are offered at no cost to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and community members, including tai chi, yoga, zumba and more. For additional information about our current offerings, please email [email protected].
Our Survivorship Program aims to provide education, wellness, support, and insight into what survivorship looks like after diagnosis and beyond treatment. Our free survivorship programs offer education and support to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and community members. For additional information about our survivorship program offerings, please call 303-765-3814.
Our team has an Oncology Nurse Navigator who helps to guide patients diagnosed with cancer as they enter an unknown time in their life. From diagnosis, to any point along the treatment timeline, the Navigator plays an important role in identifying and addressing any potential barriers to care. Common barriers may include finances, insurance, family support, transportation, scheduling appointments, and communication among the many providers that are involved during cancer care. The goal of navigation is to help customize patient care according to individual needs, always striving to make each patient feel important and supported. To contact our Nurse Navigator, please call 303-778-2415.
Centura Health's palliative care program specializes in the relief of pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals that offer coordinated care to address a patient's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, and can help them cope with the pain and anxiety that come with major health changes. This care may be provided along with other medical treatment.
The palliative care team is available Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
To request a palliative care consultation, discuss your wishes with your physician to obtain a referral.
To speak with a palliative care team member call 303-778-5699.
For more information about palliative care go to Get Palliative Care
Kids Alive! is one of the few programs in the Denver area that provides support for children, ages 6-16, of parents with cancer. Kids Alive! meets monthly on Saturday mornings from September - May, providing a safe and helpful environment for children to process and cope with their parents' cancer diagnosis.
Kids Alive! aims to:
- Create a place for a child to be a child - to experience fun, support and continuity of life apart from catastrophic illness.
- Facilitate a better relationship between cancer patients and their families, reducing guilt and anxiety in children.
- Help parents interpret their children’s behavior as adaptive to the trauma in the family and improve communication in the family.
- Develop awareness of resources for both parents and children.
Kids Alive! is committed to supporting children and families in our community. All applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. We will contact all individuals who apply or request information in a timely manner.
Kids Alive! is a unique, privately funded program offered at no charge to any family thanks to the generosity of community donors, Porter Hospital and the Porter Hospital Foundation.
For additional information about the Kids Alive! Program, please contact Program Coordinator at (303) 765-3883.