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While traveling in California, Denver businessman Henry Porter became ill and sought treatment at the Glendale Sanitarium. Ten years later, when Porter was near San Diego, he again fell sick and went to Paradise Valley Sanitarium. His two experiences at these Seventh-day Adventist organizations changed his life, and the face of healthcare in Denver, forever.
The treatment he received in both facilities was unlike anything he had experienced before. State-of-the-art hydrotherapy, coupled with remarkable kindness and a focus on healthful living was revolutionary in Henry's day. Even more remarkable was a letter Henry received from the bookkeeping clerk at the Paradise Valley Sanitarium. The clerk sent an apology for overcharging Mr. Porter and enclosed a forty-five cent refund check.
Henry Porter was so moved by the healthcare experience and the integrity of the clerk, he decided to find a way to emulate that care in Denver by building a hospital that embraced the Seventh-day Adventist philosophy of whole person care, blending the best of science and spirit.
In 1930, with thanks to Henry's donation of land and money, construction of Porter Adventist Hospital began.
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