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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
Farm Fresh Launches 15th Round Up Campaign to Benefit Kids with Cancer at CHKD

Hampton Roads, VA - Farm Fresh, Hampton Roads’ hometown grocer, is helping local children battling cancer through its 15th annual Round Up campaign, which encourages customers to contribute to CHKD by rounding-up their grocery bill to the nearest dollar, or contributing more if they wish.

“Farm Fresh has been an invaluable partner over the years, raising funds to help CHKD provide exceptional care for children battling cancer,” says Jim Dahling, president and CEO of CHKD. “We are grateful for the longstanding commitment by Farm Fresh to help CHKD provide care for the children in our region diagnosed with cancer.”

The fundraiser will take place in local Farm Fresh supermarkets from March 15 through April 4. In 2014, Farm Fresh contributed $445,000 to CHKD’s cancer program raised through Round Up campaigns held last year. Over the last 14 years, Farm Fresh has raised nearly $8 million for the CHKD cancer program.

“Farm Fresh is proud to partner with CHKD again this year to help local kids in the fight against childhood cancer,” says Micky Nye, president of Farm Fresh. “The steadfast support of our customers and our associates drive the success of the Round Up campaign each year, and we thank everyone who supports this important effort.”

As the only cancer program in the region specifically designed for children, CHKD follows more than 500 childhood cancer patients from across southeastern Virginia, Virginia’s Eastern Shore and northeastern North Carolina. Approximately 70 local children receive new diagnoses each year – more than one each week. CHKD’s oncologists can offer patients up-to-the-minute treatment innovations through more than 50 cancer research protocols for everything from bone cancer to brain tumors.

Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy operates 41 stores in Hampton Roads, Franklin and Richmond, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Farm Fresh also operates a free-standing pharmacy located inside CHKD. Formed in 1957 as a neighborhood grocery store with world class service, Farm Fresh is celebrating its 58th anniversary as Hampton Roads local grocer this year. For more information about Farm Fresh visit:

CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.

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Friday, March 06, 2015
Area Hospitals Lift Masking Recommendation for Visitors
Flu cases drop to regional levels in Virginia and North Carolina

Effective immediately, hospitals and health care systems lift the masking recommendation for patients and families entering area hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, urgent care centers, and branch clinics, including those seeking outpatient services at hospitals. This recommendation has been in place since December 23, 2014, when flu reached the highest level noted by public health. This measure was put in place to help limit the spread of flu during a time when the vaccine was a poor match the circulating strains.

According to the latest public health reports, seasonal flu activity has declined to regional levels in Virginia and North Carolina. With flu no longer at the highest level, health systems lift the masking recommendation for patients and families.

Area providers commend patients and families for supporting its goal of protecting the community from disease. Masking the community proved to be another tool to limit flu among patients, visitors, family members, and staff at medical facilities.

Participating hospitals and emergency departments include:

  • Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center
  • Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
  • Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
  • Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View
  • Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
  • Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
  • Riverside Doctors’ Hospital
  • Riverside Regional Medical Center
  • Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
  • Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
  • Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
  • Sentara Albemarle Medical Center
  • Sentara CarePlex Hospital and Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Heart Hospital
  • Sentara Obici Hospital
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
  • Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
  • Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
  • Sentara Freestanding Emergency Departments at BelleHarbour, Port Warwick, Independence, and Lake Ridge
  • Southampton Memorial Hospital
  • Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • Martha Jefferson Emergency Department at Proffit Road
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center

The following hospital contacts are available to help identify interview sources.

Bon Secours Health System
Lynne Zultanky
757-680-3296 (Media Pager)

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Sarah Kehr

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Sharon Cindrich
757-475-8839 (Pager)

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Deborah Kallgren
757-953-1941 (Office)

Riverside Health System
Peter Glagola

Sentara Healthcare
Cheri Hinshelwood
757-671-4971 (Media Pager)

Southampton Memorial Hospital
Kim Marks

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
William and Mary Dance Marathon Raises More Than $13,000 for Kids at CHKD

Williamsburg, VA - College students, CHKD patients and hospital supporters poured their heart into the College of William and Mary’s first TribeTHON – a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Dance Marathon organized by students at the college to benefit CHKD. Dancing from noon to 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, the inaugural event raised more than $13,000 for the Norfolk-based hospital. 

“The support and enthusiasm the college students bring to our cause is inspiring,” says Whitney Huston of CHKD, who has also worked with Norfolk State University’s Dance Marathon to benefit CHKD. “Support from the local community is vital to CHKD, and events like this one help us raise vital funds and awareness for the hospital.”

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools across the country, all raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, such as CHKD, in their community. Students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with local children’s hospital patients. The year culminates with a Dance Marathon event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment to celebrate a year of annual fundraising.

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. Learn more at

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
CHKD Dealt a Winning Hand at Fifth Annual David Wright Vegas Night

Virginia Beach, VA -- David Wright, team captain for the New York Mets and Chesapeake native, hosted an annual Vegas-style charity event for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters on Friday, January 23, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The sold-out evening included a Texas hold ‘em poker tournament and casino games, including craps, roulette, blackjack and table-top horse racing with chances to win great prizes. Guests enjoyed cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and bid on live and silent auction items. More than 400 supporters attended the event, which raised a record $190,000 for CHKD, with Hall Automotive as the title sponsor.

An avid supporter of CHKD for many years, this is the fifth Vegas Night hosted by Wright. This year’s event brought the five year cumulative total to $750,000. Funds from past events have been used to renovate the hospital playroom and provide critical support for patient care.

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Monday, January 05, 2015
Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554
CHKD Announces New Pediatric Urgent Care Service
First location will open in Chesapeake in January

Chesapeake, VA - CHKD will open the region’s first urgent care center exclusively for infants, children and teens on January 7, 2015, at 817 Volvo Parkway in Chesapeake.

“As the newest member of our CHKD Health System family, CHKD Urgent Care expands our ability to provide age-appropriate care to the children of our region when and where they need it," says CHKD President and CEO, Jim Dahling.

Theresa Guins, MD, a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric emergency medicine specialist with 20years of experience in CHKD’s Emergency Department, will serve as Medical Director of the new service. Dr. Guins will lead a staff of board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurses and pediatric X-ray technicians and lab specialists at the new center.

CHKD Urgent Care will offer care for common illnesses and injuries of childhood including colds, flu, sinus and ear infections, asthma, vomiting, diarrhea, sports and orthopedic injuries and suturing for cuts that need stiches. If a higher level of care is needed, CHKD Urgent Care can coordinate transfer via CHKD’s mobile pediatric ICU to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

“One of our goals is to better integrate urgent care into the spectrum of medical services children receive," says Guins. "An important part of our care will be communicating with patients' primary care physicians and, in some cases, pediatric specialists as well. We will also use the same electronic health records system that all CHKD pediatric practices and the main hospital use. Many independent community physicians also have access to this system, so we can all share information needed to make the best diagnostic and treatment decisions. "

CHKD Urgent Care will be open from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends/holidays. For more information, go to

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
New TWiTCH Treatment Reduces Stroke Risk in Children with Sickle Cell Disease
CHKD Patients Participated in Clinical Trial

Norfolk, VA - Patients and physicians at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters recently participated in a national clinical trial that helped prove the safety of an important new treatment to reduce the risk of strokes in patients with sickle cell disease.

The NIH-sponsored study of hydroxyurea therapy showed such promising results that officials terminated the study a year earlier than expected to enable more patients to receive the therapy. The study, which included 121 patients between age 4 and 16 in the United States and Canada, began in September of 2011. Of the 121 patients in the study, eight were patients at CHKD.

Known as TWiTCH (Transcranial Doppler With Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea), the therapy can benefit patients with cerebrovascular disease and increased stroke risk.

The standard therapy for children with sickle cell disease who are known to have an increased risk of stroke has been monthly blood transfusions. While effective, this traditional therapy can have significant side effects including severe iron overload and transfusion reactions, which have been increasingly recognized as sources of morbidity in patients with sickle cell disease. The new treatment avoids these side effects and works in multiple ways to decrease the clogging of blood vessels from sickle-shaped blood cells.

“The results of this study will have great impact on patients living with sickle cell disease across the world,” said pediatric hematologist/oncologist William Owen, MD, who directed CHKD’s participation in the program. “We are indebted to our dedicated patients and families for their participation in this most important trial. Additionally, this study would not have been possible without the joint effort by multiple divisions of our hospital including the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, pharmacy, laboratory medicine, and radiology.”

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of the nearly 500,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.

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