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, September 15, 2016
Danielle DeVenio: (757) 668-9049 or danielle.devenio@chkd.org
CHKD’s pediatric surgery team welcomes Dr. Margaret McGuire
HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The Kings Daughters is pleased to welcome Margaret McGuire, MD, to the pediatric surgery team.

A board-certified general surgeon and board-eligible pediatric surgeon, Dr. McGuire comes to CHKD after completing fellowships in pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and surgical critical care at Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. McGuire earned her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, completed her surgical residency at the University of Massachusetts, and was a surgical research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to general surgery certification, she is certified by the American Board of Surgery in critical care.

Dr. McGuire will see patients at CHKD’s main hospital. 

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 not-for-profit CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.

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Monday, August 22, 2016
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049 or Danielle.Devenio@CHKD.org
Anthem LemonAid weekend raises record-breaking $120,000 for CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. ––The extreme heat wasn’t the only record-breaking news this July. During the ninth annual Anthem LemonAid weekend, local families came together in record-setting numbers to help children fighting cancer at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Nine-hundred and fifteen lemonade stands were held in 35 different cities across Hampton Roads (and online) raising awareness for childhood cancer and an unprecedented $120,000 for the kids at CHKD. Funds will support cancer research, equipment and services to help more than 500 local children followed by CHKD’s cancer program each year.

“Anthem LemonAid weekend is such a special opportunity because it gives children the chance to really get involved in fundraising and help other local kids,” says Whitney Huston, development officer at CHKD. “Each year I am overwhelmed by the generosity and commitment of our community. Their amazing efforts this year will certainly make a difference in the lives of our CHKD cancer patients and their families.”

About CHKD’s cancer program
CHKD follows 500 local childhood cancer patients, ranging in age from newborns to survivors in their mid 20s. Nearly 70 new cases are diagnosed each year. The CHKD team of pediatric oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, pediatric oncology nurses and nurse practitioners provide the nation’s most up-to-date treatments through CHKD’s participation in the world’s largest cancer research consortium.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc. (serving Virginia excluding the city of Fairfax, the town of Vienna and the area east of State Route 123). Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and its affiliate, HealthKeepers, Inc., are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia is available at www.anthem.com.

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Friday, July 01, 2016
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 475-8839 or Danielle.Devenio@CHKD.org
CHKD Now Offers Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.Dr. Mariel Focseneanu is now offering pediatric and adolescent gynecology services through the adolescent medicine program at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. Dr. Focseneanu is a fellowship-trained specialist in pediatric and adolescent gynecology with Children's Specialty Group.

Dr. Focseneanu's practice will focus on evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of reproductive health issues of girls from birth through age 23. Her areas of particular interest include management of congenital abnormalities of the reproductive tract, menstrual problems, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and hormonal disorders. She also offers first time and general gynecologic visits for healthy teens.

Dr. Focseneanu did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis. She recently moved to Virginia after three years in academic practice in New York and Connecticut.

Pediatric and adolescent gynecology services will be offered at CHKD’s main hospital in Norfolk, the CHKD Health Center at Oyster Point in Newport News and the CHKD Health Center in Williamsburg. Please call (757) 668-9330 to make an appointment.

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 not-for-profit CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers, urgent care centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. 

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Heather Kent - (757) 668-7554 or Heather.Kent@chkd.org
Chest Wall International Group Holds First U.S. Meeting
Surgeons from more than 30 countries who specialize in chest wall surgeries will attend

NORFOLK, Va. –– Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will host Chest Wall International Group’s (CWIG) 17th annual meeting June 15 to 17 in Norfolk, Virginia. The meeting will mark the first time this prestigious group has convened in the U.S. More than 150 top surgeons from the United States, South America, Europe and Asia will attend.

The conference will focus on recent developments in the surgical and non-surgical treatment and understanding of the chest wall abnormalities pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum as well as chest wall problems caused by trauma and disease.

Over the past three decades, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) has grown into an international center for chest wall deformity treatment and research. The minimally invasive Nuss Procedure was developed at the hospital by its surgeon-in-chief emeritus, Dr. Donald Nuss.

The Nuss innovation marked a turning point in the field of chest wall surgery. Prior to its development, many people who suffered from pectus excavatum chose to live with the condition rather than undergo the standard correction procedure that required a large incision and fracturing the sternum and several ribs.

The wide adoption of the Nuss Procedure has given CHKD surgeons the opportunity to gather and publish clinically significant outcomes and to facilitate multi-center research into the causes and effects of chest wall deformities. This had led to refinements of the Nuss Procedure and a new understanding of chest wall deformities as medical problems that can and should be treated.

The three-day international meeting will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Nuss, who will also be at the official opening of the hospital's new Nuss Center for Chest Wall Reconstruction. The new center will provide the latest treatment options and specialized pediatric care to children, teenagers and young adults with chest wall deformities.

“We are excited to host this important event and continue to lead an international dialogue around the treatment and understanding of chest wall deformities. With the resources and knowledge we share, we look forward to helping children and adolescents around the world,” says Dr. Robert Kelly, vice president for surgical affairs and surgeon-in-chief for CHKD.

For more information about CWIG or the Nuss Center, please visit CHKD.org/Nuss.

About CHKD

CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout southeastern Virginia, northeastern North Carolina and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 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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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028 or Sharon.Cindrich@chkd.org
Farm Fresh awards $100,000 grant from the SUPERVALU Foundation to support CHKD’s behavioral health program
Announcement comes during National Mental Health Awareness Month

NORFOLK, Va. – Farm Fresh President Micky Nye presented a $100,000 grant from the SUPERVALU Foundation to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) to help the hospital meet the region’s growing demand for pediatric behavioral health services. The grant will help offset the costs of training CHKD behavioral health counselors to provide parent-child interaction therapy, a proven treatment for children ages 2 to 7 with emotional and behavioral disorders. CHKD is now offering outpatient pediatric behavioral health treatment within its community health centers so children and families can access mental health services close to home and in the same place they receive trusted care for their physical health concerns.

Farm Fresh has been a longtime supporter of CHKD through the annual Round Up campaign, which has raised more than $8.1 million to help CHKD care for local children with cancer. “The health of our community family is a priority for Farm Fresh, and we are honored to award this grant from the SUPERVALU Foundation to CHKD to address a critical health concern that affects everyone in our community on some level,” Nye says.

CHKD President and CEO Jim Dahling accepted the grant and expressed gratitude for Farm Fresh’s commitment to the health and wellness of local families. “We are extraordinarily grateful for this generous grant from the SUPERVALU Foundation and the continued support from Farm Fresh as we strive to tackle the challenging healthcare needs of our community’s children,” Dahling says.

Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy operates 41 stores in Hampton Roads, Franklin and Richmond, Virginia, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Farm Fresh also operates a freestanding pharmacy located inside CHKD. Formed in 1957 as a neighborhood grocery store with world-class service, Farm Fresh is celebrating its 57th anniversary as Hampton Roads local grocer this year. 

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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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049 or Danielle.Devenio@chkd.org
Farm Fresh Presents $179,874 Donation to CHKD to Help Local Kids with Cancer
Money was raised through local grocer’s 16th Annual “Round Up” Campaign

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. –  Farm Fresh President Micky Nye presented a $179,874 donation to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) on April 22 to help local children in their fight against childhood cancer. The presentation took place in CHKD’s outpatient cancer and blood disorders unit, which was built with the help of funds raised and donated by Farm Fresh.

The gift was a result of Farm Fresh’s Round Up campaign which took place earlier this spring. Round Up is an annual in-store fundraising drive held at every Farm Fresh location that encourages customers to round up the total of their grocery store tab to an even dollar amount, or to add additional dollars to benefit CHKD.

“As we complete this Round Up campaign, the dedication and support shown by our customers and Farm Fresh associates for children fighting cancer continues to inspire us. There is a passion for this cause that is undeniable and we are proud to facilitate this giving,” Nye said.

Farm Fresh has long been a great supporter of CHKD’s cancer program. CHKD President and CEO Jim Dahling appreciatively recognized the impact of this enduring relationship. “Over the last 16 years, Farm Fresh and their customers have generously donated over $8.1 million to CHKD’s cancer program. Through events like the annual Round Up campaign they show their continuous commitment to helping the children and families in our local communities,” Dahling said.

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 57th anniversary as Hampton Roads local grocer this year. For more information about Farm Fresh visit: www.farmfreshsupermarkets.com.

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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