Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Star Award Recipient awarded to Outstanding Radiology Associate

Porter Adventist Hospital is known throughout Denver for outstanding care and high levels of patient satisfaction for radiology procedures and medical imaging tests. This reputation is thanks in large part to the hard working, compassionate individuals who work in the hospital’s radiology department.

To recognize these important individuals, the Star Awards were created in 2013 to acknowledge the contributions, work ethics, and service of radiology professionals at Porter Adventist Hospital. The most recent winner of the Star Awards is:

Liz Burke

“Liz is an excellent representative for Medical Imaging. She always has a positive attitude and provides support for more that just ultrasound. Liz is also a CREATION Health coach, QA tech for MRI/CT/Us and a new hire orientation buddy.”

We thank Liz for making Porter Adventist Hospital’s radiology program one of the best in the Denver. Her dedication definitely makes her a Star.

To learn more about radiology services at Porter Adventist Hospital, visit

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Radiology Department Recognizes STAR Award Recipient

The Radiology Department at Porter Adventist Hospital is made up of some of the best and brightest in medical imaging and radiology professionals  in Denver. Recently, the department honored Joann with a STAR Award for her continuing service to the hospital and its patients.

Some of the reasons why Joann was chosen include:

  • Joann exemplifies the caring spirit of Porter Adventist Hospital
  • Joann can always handle a busy workload and does it with a positive attitude
  • Joann is hard-working and energetic
  • Joann has been a member of the Porter family for some time now but still comes to work with a high level of passion and care for her patients

Congratulations Joann!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Two of the Top 22 Knee Surgeons on the Continent Practice are at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver

Orthopedics This Week recently released their annual list of the top knee surgeons in North America, and once again, Dr. Douglas A. Dennis and Dr. Raymond H. Kim of the Porter Center for Joint Replacement earned a spot on this elite list.

Based on interviews with thought leaders in the field of orthopedics, this year’s list represents the country’s most impressive knee surgeons.

Dr. Dennis and Dr. Kim are the only two knee surgeons on the list practicing in Colorado. Other surgeons hail from Ontario, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Utah, Illinois, Nova Scotia, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina.

For more information on Dr. Dennis and Dr. Kim, 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dr. Caitlyn Truong Joins the Breast Center at Porter Adventist Hospital

We are extremely happy to welcome Dr. Caitlyn Truong to the Breast Center at Porter Adventist Hospital. Dr. Truong is a fellowship trained breast surgeon specializing in the care and treatment of varying breast diseases, ranging from benign breast to breast cancers.

Learn more about Dr. Truong and the comprehenisve breast program at Porter Adventist Hosptial at

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Stroke Risk Factors Identified for Women

The American Heart Association and National Stroke Association recently announced the addition of several new risk factors unique to women. It is hoped that these new findings will have an impact in tailoring prevention and customizing treatment in women. Unfortunately, misconceived as an “old person’s” disease, the research also supports that stroke can occur at any age with focus on early understanding and prompt attention to one’s existing risk factors.

Medical conditions now linked with stroke incidence in women:

  • Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy
  • Oral contraceptive use (especially when combined with smoking and or unmanaged hypertension)
  • History of preeclampsia
  • Gestational diabetes
Universal risk factors found more commonly in women include:
  • Migraine with aura (aura refers to symptoms one experiences before headache onset)
  • Atrial Fibrilation (irregular heartbeat)
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypertension
  • Depression and/or emotional stress

What can  you do to reduce my risk of stroke?

Make an appointment with your physician to learn what personal risk factors exist in your medical history. Most risk factors can be managed successfully through diet, exercise, medication compliance and routine follow ups with your physician. Don’t be one of the 425,000 women who will suffer a stroke this year, be proactive in lowering your risk of stroke and a life free from lasting impairment.

To learn more about strokes, prevention and treatment, visit

Monday, February 17, 2014

Back Pain: Fact. vs. Fiction

For most of the population, back pain is a mysterious subject that is the realm of urban myth, medical folklore and old wives tales. In fact, many people fear that any type of back pain is cause for surgery or that back pain is untreatable fact of life.

Luckily, the experts with the Porter Spine Institute can clear up what is fact and what is fiction.  Take the following:

  • "Most new back pain is caused by a slipped disc."
    Fiction: only a small percentage of back pain is due to a disc problem.
  • "Most back pain requires surgery."
    Fiction: Roughly 2-5% of patients actually require surgery.
  • "Everyone has back pain and I should just learn to live with it."
    Fiction: getting the right kind of treatment early can prevent reoccurrence and further problems.
  • "Proper nutrition can reduce back pain."
    Fact: A balanced diet including fruits and vegetables contributes to back health.
  • "Everyone with lower back pain must have an MRI to evaluate the problem."
    Fiction: Most back pain resolves on its own over time. Only in certain cases is an MRI needed.

Learn more about how your anatomy, age, activity and overall health contribute to your back health on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the free class, Health Back, Health Body. To learn more about the Porter Spine Institute, visit

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Skip the Flowers - Chocolates can be a Heart-Healthy Gift for Valentine's Day

When Heart Month and Valentine's Day collide, there is sudden flurry of stories and advice saying the chocolate can benefit heart health. The question is, does chocolate really help the heart?

While it may sound too good to be true, research has found that antioxidant chemicals known as "flavinols," which are present in cocoa, can lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and reduce platelet clotting. The catch is that flavinol levels are reduced when chocolate is processed, and most processing techniques remove a lot of this beneficial chemical.

Luckily, some types of chocolate still retain a large amount of flavinols. When choosing a Valentine's Day treat that has the one-two punch of sweet and healthy, opt for dark chocolate over milk chocolate and look for chocolate products that have not gone through Dutch processing. It is also wise to choose pure chocolates that do not contain added fillings, nuts or other ingredients.

To learn more about chocolate and it's connection to heart health, attend "Health or Hype: Chocolate!" on February 18 at Porter Adventist Hospital.  Register now at