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2013 Press Releases
Porter Center for Joint Replacement Patients to Climb Mt. Sherman

Denver - On Saturday, August 17, a group of 25 unlikely mountain climbers will summit Mt. Sherman as part of an annual event known as Joint Replacements with Altitude.  As the name suggests, the core group of hikers are all recipients of artificial joint replacements – both knees and hips – and are challenging themselves to take on a fourteener as a way to prove that they can still be active and on-the-go despite having joint replacement surgery.

The hikers will be accompanied by experienced nurses, physicians and other care givers from Colorado Joint Replacement and Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver.  The group will be led by Will Petitt, PA-C, founder and organizer of the hike.

 “Joint Replacements with Altitude started as a way to motivate patients and show them that joint replacement surgery does not have to take away from an active lifestyle.” says Petitt, “In fact, you would never know that some of the patients that come on this hike have had a knee or a hip replaced unless they told you.”

This year’s hike marks the sixth year that former joint replacement patients have climbed at fourteener as part of Joint Replacements with Altitude.


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. Porter specializes in cancer care, joint replacement, heart and vascular procedures, spinal surgery, advanced robotic surgery and organ transplants. Porter is sponsored by Adventist Health System and is part of Centura Health, the region’s largest hospital and health care network. For more information on Porter Adventist Hospital, visit or follow the hospital on Twitter @PorterHospital or

About Centura Health

Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, is focused on connecting Colorado and Kansas to affordable, world-class care. Centura Health’s integrated network includes 14 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, affiliated partner hospitals, Flight For Life® Colorado, 17 health neighborhoods and home care and hospice services. More than 16,200 of the best hearts and minds in medicine, along with over 6,000 physician partners, have access to the most technologically advanced tools available. For consumers, this means the top expertise and technology is right where you need it – close to where you are. We reach beyond hospital walls to connect with people at every stage of life to bring them life-enriching compassion and life-affirming hope; Connections that only Centura Health can make. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit

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