CHKD News Releases

View our archive of past news releases. Media inquiries can be made by calling (757) 668-7043. For after-hours inquiries, call (757) 475-8839.

Recent News Releases and Stories

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Kasey Fuqua, (757) 668-7153
Sixth Annual David Wright Vegas Night Deals a Full House and Big Win For CHKD

Virginia Beach, Va. — Hometown hero David Wright, captain of the National League Champion New York Mets, hosted the sixth annual Vegas-style charity event for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters on Friday, January 22, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The sold-out evening included a poker tournament and casino games, including craps, roulette, blackjack and virtual horse racing with chances to win great prizes. Guests enjoyed cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a photo booth, dancing and bidding on live and silent auction items. Nearly 400 supporters braved the weather to attend the event, which raised a record $201,000 for CHKD, with Metal Tech as the title sponsor.

An avid supporter of CHKD for many years, this is the sixth Vegas Night hosted by Wright. This year’s event brought the six-year cumulative total to $951,000. Funds from past events have been used to renovate the hospital playroom and provide critical support for patient care.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Kasey Fuqua, (757) 668-7153
CHKD Medical Group Announces 2016 Board of Directors

HAMPTON ROADS, VA – CHKD Medical Group, the pediatric practice group of Children’s Health System, Inc. which operates Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, has elected its 2016 Board of Directors. Dr. Steven Stolz and Dr. Bobby Garrison have both been re-elected to serve as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively.

Kathryn Abshire, vice president of finance at CHKD, will serve as secretary and treasurer for the board. Dr. Doug Mitchell serves as the medical director for CHKD Medical Group. Other members of the board include Dr. Dean Cauley, Dr. John Cawthorn, Dr. John Harrington and Dr. Scott Nottingham.

The board of directors provides valuable leadership to CHKD pediatricians at 18 practices in 28 locations in Hampton Roads. To find a pediatrician near you, please visit

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices and multi-service health centers throughout the region.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Dunkin’ Donuts Partners with CHKD for the Sixth Year To Support Local Kids
Annual “Coffee That Cares” Program Starts February 1

Virginia Beach, VA – For the sixth year in a row, Dunkin’ Donuts will partner with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters to raise funds in support of local kids in Hampton Roads. The Coffee That Cares promotion is an opportunity to bring the community together to support the region’s leading provider of state-of-the-art healthcare for children.

From February 1 through February 29, guests will be able to purchase and personalize a CHKD Icon for $1 which will be displayed in Hampton Roads area Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants. Additionally, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate $0.10 from every large and $0.20 from every extra-large beverage sold throughout the month of February to CHKD. Over 10 locations across the Hampton Roads area and the Outer Banks will be participating.

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of nearly 450,000 children throughout Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

“Over the past five years, our partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts has allowed us to raise $71,429 to support local kids,” says Karen S. Gershman, executive director of development for CHKD. “Additionally, we received four grants from the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin Robbins Foundation totaling $17,000 bringing our total over the last five years to $88,429. We’re excited to see what our sixth year of partnership will bring.”

About Dunkin' Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts is America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin' Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin' Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has nearly 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Kasey Fuqua at (757) 668-7153
Partners in Pediatric Care Joins CHKD Medical Group

Virginia Beach, Va.— Children’s Health System, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Partners in Pediatric Care to the CHKD family. The practice offers more than 50 years of combined experience from board-certified pediatricians Cami Jordan, MD, and Rosemary Ashman, MD, PhD, as well as licensed clinical psychologist Andrea Arcona, PhD who offers behavioral health testing and therapy services to children and adolescents.

Partners in Pediatric Care will continue to provide services at 324 Louisa Avenue, Suite 118 in Virginia Beach as a practice of CHKD Medical Group. CHKD Medical Group is part of Children’s Health System, Inc. which operates Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, the state’s only full-service free-standing pediatric hospital.

Dr. Jordan and Ashman are currently accepting new patients and offer a complimentary get-acquainted visit for new families. The practice offers high-quality comprehensive pediatric care backed by the expertise and specialty services of CHKD. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (757) 333-7797.

CHKD Medical Group consists of 18 pediatric practices in 28 locations throughout the region – from Elizabeth City to Williamsburg.

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Monday, January 11, 2016
Pilot Study Shows Promise for New Cystic Fibrosis Treatment

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—A recently published pilot study from doctors at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters may have a significant impact on the health and treatment options for patients with cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Laura Sass, Dr. Tushar Shah, Dr. Neel Krishna and Dr. Kenji Cunnion are working together to determine how the immune system of a patient with cystic fibrosis plays a role in lung damage.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes sticky mucus to build up in the lungs. The presence of mucus makes it difficult to breathe and leaves patients susceptible to bacterial infections. Cystic fibrosis moves in a cycle where the lungs become obstructed by mucus, then infected by bacteria, then inflamed. This repetitive cycle grows worse and worse as it damages the lungs.

In response to bacteria, the patient’s immune system activates proteins that cause inflammation that damages lungs. Researchers tested sputum (a mixture of saliva and mucus) samples from patients at the CHKD Cystic Fibrosis Center for the presence of these proteins.

The team found that cystic fibrosis patients have almost five times the amount of a protein called C5a in their sputum than patients without cystic fibrosis. Furthermore, the amount of C5a corresponds with how sick the patient is. When the patient’s sputum contains high levels of this protein, they tend to have a lower body mass index, a sign that cystic fibrosis is getting worse.

Since C5a causes inflammation that damages lungs, researchers used a new type of medicine, called a complement modulator, to see if they could get rid of the protein. Dr. Cunnion and Dr. Krishna developed their own complement modulator at EVMS. When they put the medicine in the sputum samples, the generation of C5a was blocked. Reducing the amount of C5a in lungs could possibly help lessen lung damage.

Through a grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the doctors are conducting a larger study which could have a major impact on how cystic fibrosis is treated including the use of complement modulators to reduce inflammation and damage to patients’ lungs, helping them feel healthier and live longer.

CHKD is the clinical home of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Pediatrics and the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia. The hospital serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Kasey Fuqua at (757) 668-7153
February Fundraiser at No Frill Bar and Grill to Benefit CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— Local foodies will once again be able to indulge in their favorite appetizers and desserts for a good cause this February During the entire month, No Frill Bar and Grill will donate $1 to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for every appetizer and dessert ordered off the menu.

No Frill Bar and Grill has donated more than $67,000 to CHKD since the partnership began in 1998. Diners at both the Norfolk and the Virginia Beach locations can help the restaurant continue their generous tradition all month while benefiting sick children at the hospital.

“Support from the local business community is vital to CHKD, and No Frill Bar and Grill continues to set the standard for others when it comes to their unwavering efforts to help our patients,” says Karen Gershman, CHKD’s executive director of development. “The impact this fundraiser has made on our children and our community is profound, and we are grateful for the longstanding commitment by No Frill Bar and Grill to the hospital’s mission.”

CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of a region with more than 450,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

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