Porter Adventist Hospital Transplant Program to Redesign Services

July 3, 2018

(DENVER, COLO.) – Porter Adventist Hospital will temporarily pause its transplant procedures (kidney, pancreas and liver) as we assess, upgrade and rebuild a best-in-class program that will serve our community well into the future.

“The decision to temporarily stop performing transplants was not taken lightly,” said Todd Folkenberg, Chief Executive Officer of Porter Adventist Hospital. “As we embark on the rebuilding process, we will be partnering with Florida Hospital Transplant Institute, one of the top multi-organ transplant programs in the country. We look forward to the collaboration with their teams and our hospital partners, affiliates, physicians and clinicians who share our vision to reimagine how we care for transplant patients – before, during and after transplant.”

This voluntary and temporary deactivation of the program will provide the time necessary for Porter to recruit and expand clinical support teams and evaluate processes, technology and operational needs. A priority effort during this period will be growing the staff for this service area in both size and experience.

The hospital is working closely with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to ensure patients on the hospital’s transplant list are contacted swiftly regarding transition to other transplant programs in the area. Porter Adventist Hospital plans to reactivate its program in six to twelve months.

“All other health care services at Porter will continue without interruption during this period of rebuilding,” explained Patricia Howell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Porter Adventist Hospital “Our transplant program staff will continue in their roles, including caring for our post-transplant recipients and complex hepatobiliary patients.” In addition, Porter Adventist Hospital transplant employees and physicians will be involved in the operational, logistical and programmatic expansion of the program.”

As one of three transplant programs in the Rocky Mountain Region, Porter Adventist Hospital has served as one of the leading organ transplant centers for more than 30 years..

“We recognize both the need and the value of our transplant services; and are proud of the impact we’ve had on our patients’ lives and their families. We regret our program must take a temporary pause for us to achieve the infrastructure levels we need to deliver best-in-class care,” said Dr. Howell. “Investing and strengthening our program to better meet the needs of the region’s transplant community is a clinical imperative for our organization.”

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