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Monday, December 03, 2018
Contact: Contact: Elizabeth Earley (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

Baseball All-Star David Wright Hosts Vegas-Style Wright Night to Benefit CHKD

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – David Wright may have played his last game for the New York Mets, but he’s still stepping up to the plate for CHKD as host of Wright Night, an evening event of casino gaming and cocktails that will make guests feel like they’ve landed in Vegas.

The seven-time All-Star third baseman will host the 9th annual event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on January 18 at 7 p.m.

New this year is a VIP Meet and Greet pre-event gathering at 5:30 p.m. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit CHKD.org/DavidWright.

Born in Norfolk and raised in Chesapeake, Wright has been a longtime supporter of CHKD, even dropping by the hospital to play games and talk baseball with the children. In 2011, he hosted his first Vegas-style event, which has raised more than $1.2 million for CHKD since then.

Major sponsors of this year’s event include Metal Tech of Murfreeshoro, Inc., David Wright Foundation, The New York Mets Foundation, Inc., The Capital Group Companies, Charles Barker Automotive, and more. To learn about more sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kate Ryan, CHKD development officer, at (757) 668-9066 or Kate.Ryan@CHKD.org.

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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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Friday, November 30, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Welcomes New Specialists

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is pleased to welcome the following new pediatric specialists to Children’s Specialty Group.

News Releases_Melissa MarkDr. Melissa Mark has joined the hematology/oncology department. Dr. Mark earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed residency training at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, followed by two fellowships at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for pediatric hematology/oncology, and pediatric hospice and palliative care. Dr. Mark is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She also serves as co-medical director for Edmarc Hospice for Children in Hampton Roads.

 

News Releases_Ami MehtaDr. Ami Mehta has joined CHKD to develop a new pain and palliative care program. Dr. Mehta received her medical degree from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and her fellowship at Akron Children’s Hospital. Dr. Mehta is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

 

 

Children’s Medical Group Welcomes New Primary Care Pediatrician

Children's Medical Group is pleased to welcome the following new primary care pediatrician.

News Releases_Imani EichelbergerDr. Imani Eichelberger has joined Hampton Roads Pediatrics. Dr. Eichelberger received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, and completed her residency at CHKD. A native of Albany, N.Y., she came to Hampton Roads to attend Hampton University, where she learned about CHKD, and fell in love with the hospital’s commitment to children and their families. Her clinical interests are newborn care and child nutrition.

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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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Friday, November 30, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Doctor Named Master Surgeon Educator

NORFOLK, Va. – Dr. Michael J. Goretsky, a CHKD pediatric surgeon, is one of 91 honorees from seven countries selected as a “master surgeon educator” for his work instructing residents and surgeons.

He was inducted as an associate member of the first American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators in October.

The Academy recognizes surgeon educators who have advanced the science and practice of education by mentoring others, translating innovation into action, and fostering the exchange of creative ideas.

Dr. Goretsky is a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon who has extensive experience in the repair of chest wall disease and in surgical quality.

He’s been involved in clinical treatment, research, and education of the Nuss procedure, which was developed at CHKD for repair of pectus excavatum. He also has researched other minimally invasive techniques, along with methods of improving surgery. He is surgeon champion for the Pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Dr. Goretsky has also been involved in resident and medical student education at Eastern Virginia Medical School and served as an admissions interviewer for the medical school. He lectures extensively in the U.S. and internationally on chest wall disease.

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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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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

94.9 The Point's Radiothon for CHKD Surpasses Donation Goal

NORFOLK, Va. – The 17th annual Radiothon raised more than $350,000 in donations for CHKD in a three-day campaign that featured patients and family members who shared stories of courage and hope.

Morning show hosts Mike Powers and Woo Woo of 94.9 The Point broadcast live from CHKD’s TowneBank Atrium, the hospital’s main lobby, in early November, showcasing patients, their families, and a host of CHKD professionals who provide everything from treatment to therapy dogs.

Volunteers from companies and organizations across the community volunteered at the phone bank from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., collecting donations that surpassed the goal of $250,000. Major support came from a vast array of community partners, including Entercom, GEICO, STIHL, Langley Federal Credit Union, Virginia Equipment and Development, plus additional sponsors, including Walmart, Elizabeth River Crossings, Cavalier Mazda, Footprints in the Sand Foundation, Freckles Graphics, Jimmy John's, Massimo Zanetti, Precision Measurements, CHUBB, Cox Communications, Fit4Mom, Jersey Mike's, Dunkin', and Chipotle.

Children and their parents also brought donations directly to the hospital. The money will be used to purchase equipment, fund research, and provide patient care programs at CHKD, including the new mental health initiative. Donations can still be made at CHKD.org/Give.

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CHKD’s Healthy Bear joins 94.9 The Point radio hosts Joe Fu, Mike Powers, and Woo Woo as they feature the story of Gus Madson, who was born 14 weeks early, weighing only 1 pound, 3 ounces. His mother, Carter Madson, told radio listeners about Gus’s 115 days in CHKD’s neonatal intensive care unit.

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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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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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Medical Organizations Honor Two CHKD-Affiliated Doctors

NORFOLK, Va. – – National medical organizations recently honored two CHKD physicians, one for his advocacy in the ear, nose, and throat field, and the other for his service in radiology:

Dr. David H. Darrow, who performs ear, nose, and throat surgeries at CHKD, will receive the 2018 Otolaryngology Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Darrow was co-author of the first online AAP course on ear infections, and he has lectured and developed guidelines for treatment of birthmarks, ear infections, and tonsillectomies. He is also co-editor of the AAP textbook Pediatric Otolaryngology, a publication for primary care practitioners.

Dr. Darrow will receive the award at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, in November.

Dr. David C. Kushner, who helps ensure the quality and safety of our children’s care at CHKD, was recently named one of three Gold Medalists for 2019 for innovative service to the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Kushner is the associate medical director for quality and safety at CHKD, a role in which he helps develop and maintain safety protocols that make CHKD a high caliber hospital. He formerly held positions as medical director of radiology at CHKD, president of the ACR, and chair of the ACR Commission on Membership and Communications.

Dr. Kushner will receive the honor during the ACR 2019 annual meeting in May in Washington, D.C.

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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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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: Elizabeth.Early@CHKD.org or (757) 668-9049

Local Walmart and Sam’s Clubs Reach $12 Million Raised for CHKD

National campaign crosses $1 billion in children’s hospital fundraising since 1987

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers, and members in Hampton Roads put their money where the miracles are during the annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals fundraising campaign.

Local stores raised $346,200 during this year’s campaign, reaching a milestone of $12 million in donations to CHKD over the past three decades. This effort is part of a national annual campaign for CMN Hospitals; $36.5 million was raised in 2018 in the U.S. and Canada, pushing the donation total since 1987 over the $1 billion mark.

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates held a variety of in-store fundraising activities from August 27 to October 7, and asked customers and members to donate at the register to help kids live better. “Our associates understand that they’re making a real impact and helping a lot of people they know who have needed CHKD,” said Ashley Rambo, store manager of Walmart’s Neighborhood Market on Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach. “The hospital has helped my own family so much, and it brings joy to my heart to help other kids in the community.”

Funds raised by Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the country go to help the local CMN Hospital in their area. The 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network treat one in 10 children across North America. Hospitals use the funds based on what they need most – typically providing lifesaving equipment and research, supporting top therapy programs, and providing charitable care.

All funds raised in Hampton Roads this year will go to support CHKD’s mental health initiative and radiology program. “We are so fortunate to have a world-class pediatric hospital taking such great care of our local kids,” says Chris Mehler, manager of Walmart’s Virginia market. “I can think of no better way to help the communities Walmart serves than to support CHKD.”

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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. 

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

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. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Contact: Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554 or Heather.Kent@CHKD.org

CHKD Receives State Approval for Expansion of Mental Health Program

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters has received notification from Virginia Commissioner of Health, Dr. M. Norman Oliver, that the state has approved the hospital’s certificate of public need application for a new pediatric mental health facility to help meet the critical shortage of services in our region.

This new facility, to be constructed just off Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk on the medical campus shared by CHKD, EVMS, and Sentara Norfolk General, will include 48 inpatient mental health beds exclusively for young patients, along with mental health day treatment programs and other services. The state approval also includes the addition of 12 beds in the current hospital for inpatient mental health treatment of children and teens with combined medical and mental health diagnoses. This expansion of CHKD’s mental health program will employ approximately 250 healthcare providers and support staff, and treat children 2 to 18 years of age.

CHKD currently receives 15 to 20 mental health referrals each day from primary and specialty healthcare providers, and another three to five children arrive in the CHKD emergency department daily seeking crisis care for mental health disorders.

“This is a tremendous day for the children of Hampton Roads and sets our course for years to come,” says Jim Dahling, president and CEO of CHKD. “We have even harder work still ahead as we build the dream of transforming mental health services for our children and for our region. This one of the most important challenges our organization has ever undertaken.”

Now that state approval has been granted, CHKD will move forward on the planning, funding, and construction of these new facilities. It will take approximately two years to open the 12 beds in the current hospital and four years for the new building to be completed.

The King’s Daughters, founding organization of CHKD, has already pledged $1 million to this mental health initiative, and CHKD will be working with government officials, community leaders, and philanthropic organizations to raise additional funding for the effort.

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