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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
GEICO launches July toy drive to benefit kids at CHKD

Virginia Beach, VA - While the holiday season may be months away, GEICO is celebrating the spirit of giving with a toy drive to bring a cheer to children at CHKD this July.

From July 1 through 30, GEICO’s Virginia Beach regional office will be accepting new toys for children at CHKD, setting a goal to fill an entire GEICO van with new play things for patients staying at the hospital. In addition to collecting new toys, GEICO associates will also be raising funds to help CHKD’s child life program purchase a doll house and play kitchen set for the hospital’s inpatient play room.

GEICO’s support of CHKD began at the very first Children’s Miracle Network telethon for the hospital in 1984, and this year’s toy drive celebrates thirty years of the company’s charitable efforts to help children at CHKD. “We know CHKD is a cause that is meaningful to so many of our associates. Being able to provide good healthcare to our children is vital, and they do that in a big way. That’s why we support CHKD,” says Joe Thomas, GEICO’s regional vice president.

The toy drive follows a five-year commitment of funding from GEICO to support the new CHKD facility in Chesapeake.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 20 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

GEICO’s online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes and claims reporting, and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available. For more information, go to www.geico.com.

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 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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Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, 668-7028
Pediatric neurosurgeon joins CHKD Surgical Group

Norfolk, VA - Drs. John Birknes and Joseph Dilustro are pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Tye to CHKD Surgical Group’s neurosurgery practice. Dr. Tye will see patients at CHKD’s main hospital.

Dr. Tye received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where he also completed a residency in neurosurgery. After serving as chief resident in neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Tye completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. With a clinical interest in epilepsy, craniosynostosis, and tethered cord repairs and congenital spine disorders, Dr. Tye has participated in medical mission work for more than a decade in South American countries, including Honduras and Guatemala. Dr. Tye is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

As the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia, CHKD serves the medical and surgical needs of a region with nearly 500,000 children, including greater Hampton Roads, the Peninsula and northeastern North Carolina. Learn more at CHKD.org.

To reach Drs. Birknes, Dilustro or Tye, please call (757) 668-7990.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, 668-7028
CHKD patient named Virginia Champion Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Norfolk, VA - This week, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters announced 9-year-old Faith Bohrer of Norfolk as the 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for the state of Virginia. Throughout the year, Faith and her family will serve as local, state and national advocates for CHKD and children’s hospitals across North America.

Faith was named the 2014 Champion ambassador in recognition of her courageous battle with neurofibromatosis, diagnosed at CHKD shortly after her birth. Since her diagnosis, Faith has made more than 150 visits to CHKD and CHKD Health Centers for treatment, including chemotherapy for a brain tumor on her optic nerve.

In November, all state Champion ambassadors will travel to Washington D.C., and Orlando, Fla. to share their stories with a national audience. “We want to put the spotlight on CHKD. It has done so many wonderful things for us – and not just us, but other children, too,” says Faith’s mother, Karen. “We want to create awareness for those families, and every family, about the importance of children’s hospitals.”

To recognize the Champion’s journey, the Residence Inn Downtown Norfolk hosted a special Champions ambassador reception on June 24, attended by CHKD staff members and Faith’s friends and family.

The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico’s FAS identifies a child from each state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico with a remarkable medical story and passion for advocating on behalf of children’s hospitals. These Champions serve as ambassadors for the 62 kids treated every minute at 170 member 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 $4.7 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, and learn about your member hospital, at ChildrensMiracleNetworkHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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 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. Visit CHKD.org for more information.

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Monday, June 09, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, 668-7028
Farm Fresh presents $325,000 donation to CHKD
Money was raised through local grocer’s 14th Annual “Round Up” campaign

Norfolk, VA - Farm Fresh President Micky Nye presented a $325,000 donation check to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) last week to help fight childhood cancer. The presentation took place in CHKD’s outpatient cancer and blood disorders center, which was built with the help of funds raised and donated by Farm Fresh.

The gift came primarily from Farm Fresh’s Round Up campaign held 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.

“We were proud to present CHKD with a check for $325,000 which was made possible thanks to the generosity of our local customers and the support of our associates during our annual Round Up campaign,” Nye said. “Each year, we are humbled by the generosity of our customers and the enthusiasm of our Farm Fresh associates to help raise needed funds for kids in need. It’s inspiring to see our community come together for this important cause.”

CHKD President and CEO Jim Dahling gratefully acknowledged Farm Fresh’s long-term support of CHKD’s cancer program. “Farm Fresh has donated more than $7.5 million to CHKD’s cancer program over the past 14 years. Their continued contributions demonstrate a steadfast commitment to the health and wellbeing of children and families in Hampton Roads,” 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 42 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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Monday, June 02, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, 648-7028
Dunkin’ Donuts Brews Up Support for CHKD

Hampton Roads, VA - Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a cool deal to help children at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters this June. Throughout the month of June, participating Dunkin’ Donuts will donate 20 cents from every large iced coffee and iced tea purchased to CHKD at Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Hampton Roads, Williamsburg and the Outer Banks. This is the fifth year Dunkin’ Donuts has partnered with CHKD to support the hospital, which provides pediatric healthcare in a region of nearly 500,000 children.

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 seven years running. The company has nearly 10,800 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin' Donuts' restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin' Donuts is part of the Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit DunkinDonuts.com.

About CHKD

CHKD is Virginia’s only freestanding children’s hospital 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. For more information, visit CHKD.org.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, 668-7028
New CHKD Health Center opens in Hampton
Butler Farm Road location offers X-ray, lab services, therapies and sports medicine rehab

Hampton, VA - Children in Hampton who require lab work, X-rays or rehabilitation for a sports injury now have easy access to CHKD’s specialized pediatric care. On May 27, CHKD opened a new Health Center on Butler Farm Road in Hampton that offers a full range of diagnostic testing, therapies and sports medicine rehabilitation.

The facility at 421 Butler Farm Road offers state-of-the-art pediatric lab and X-ray services. It also brings physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine physical therapy to patients on the Peninsula.

The addition of the new Health Center marks the Health System’s 34th location and is part of CHKD’s commitment to provide convenient access to specialized pediatric care for the nearly 500,000 children in Hampton Roads and surrounding regions. Call 668-4503 for pediatric lab services or 668-4505 for pediatric X-ray services. No appointments are necessary for X-rays and labs, but a physician’s referral is required. To schedule an appointment with a pediatric physical, occupational or speech therapist, call 668-5448. To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine physical therapist, call 668-4511. For other information, call the Health Center’s main number at 668-4500.

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