Pampered Passions to Provide Post-mastectomy Services at Porter Adventist Hospital

Porter Adventist Hospital and Porter Comprehensive Breast Care have added a new element to the network of support services available to the breast cancer patient. Pampered Passions Care Wear, a division of Pampered Passions Fine Lingerie, is now open within the Porter Gift Shop, specializing in post-mastectomy services and apparel.

Feeling whole again is as important to the healing process as anything else, said Dr. Colleen Murphy, medical director of Porter Comprehensive Breast Care. Dr. Murphy and Alicia Vargo, CEO and founder of Pampered Passions, worked together to open this location in order to help support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women facing breast cancer.

A hallmark of Porter Comprehensive Breast Care is to provide everything a woman needs for breast care under one roof, including screening, diagnosis, treatment, support services, and follow-up care based on a coordinated team approach. The Porter center is one of just a few centers in Colorado to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Porter Comprehensive Breast Care focuses not only on world-class cancer care, but on bringing a variety of experts to the patient, Murphy said. She sees the addition of Pampered Passions Care Wear within the hospital as a natural progression for the breast center as it expands its patient resources to make them even more accessible to the patient.

With the advent of this new service, women can walk downstairs to the shop after their breast appointment and explore their post-surgical options or pamper themselves with cozy loungewear to wear before and after surgery.

While several cancer centers offer shops for the post-mastectomy patient within a clinical setting, Pampered Passions Care Wear is unique in that it offers post-mastectomy wear and lingerie in a warm, inviting boutique atmosphere that embraces beauty, style and the feminine spirit. Each patient is treated with compassion, respect and understanding.

Our team helps women regain confidence during every stage of their journey, Vargo said. Our goal is to make every woman we come in contact with feel nurtured and cared for.

The boutique offers post-mastectomy bra fitting services by trained and Certified Mastectomy Fitters (CMF), a wide variety of breast forms, radiation-friendly camisoles, highly specialized post-surgical garments, post-mastectomy swimwear, maternity and everyday wear. The boutique will also feature in-room fittings at Porter Adventist Hospital, phone consultations and online orders.

The shop is open to the public and is available to any woman with breast cancer, regardless of where she is being treated.

At Pampered Passions Care Wear, our vision and our desire is to help restore a womans sense of wholeness following surgery, and to help her redefine how she cares for herself both before and after surgery, Vargo added.

Born out of a need that Vargo saw with one of her early customers, Pampered Passions Care Wear has since won numerous awards, and Vargo herself travels the country educating the medical community about post-op options.

For more information about Porter Comprehensive Breast Care, visit porterhospital.org/breastcare or call 303-778-5815. For more information about Pampered Passions, please visit: ppcarewear.com, or call 303-319-4079.

About Porter Adventist Hospital

Porter Adventist Hospital is a full service, Nursing Magnet designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center for complex medicine and surgery patients. In addition to being ranked No. 1 for 2010 in overall cardiac care in Colorado by a national hospital reporting company, Porter specializes in cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care and organ transplantation. Porter is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is connected to Centura Health, Colorados health care leader, and its integrated statewide network of 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life Colorado, and home care and hospice services. Together, Porter and Centura Health provide care that transcends the walls of a hospital. Connections that only Centura Health can make. For more information about Porter Adventist Hospital, visit www.porterhospital.org or the Media Room at http://porter.mediaroom.com.