CHKD News Releases

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Recent News Releases and Stories

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
UVA, CHKD form Regional Collaborative for Cardiac Care

NORFOLK, Va. -- University of Virginia Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters have appointed Dr. James Gangemi as surgical director of the new regional collaborative for cardiac care at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. The UVA/CHKD collaboration, which has been in development over the past year, combines the efforts of pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, intensive care physicians and cardiac support professionals from both institutions with the goal of improving outcomes for children with complex congenital heart defects.

"UVA’s pediatric cardiac surgery program is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and CHKD is home to the highest volume pediatric surgical program in the state," says Jim Dahling, President and CEO of CHKD Health System. "We are delighted to join forces with UVA and put the brightest minds at our respective institutions together," he says.

Gangemi, who also serves as surgical director of congenital heart surgery at UVA Children's Hospital, facilitates weekly conferences with cardiac team members from CHKD and UVA. "Our goal is to improve outcomes for children with heart conditions from Hampton Roads, central Virginia and beyond by collaborating on evaluations and facilitating access to the most appropriate level of care," he says. "For some children, this may mean performing the surgical procedure at CHKD; for others, it may mean receiving that surgical care at UVA in Charlottesville."

Gangemi will perform pediatric heart surgeries at CHKD at least four days each month. UVA and CHKD also plan to hire a second surgeon for the program who will be primarily based at CHKD.

“This is a unique opportunity to collaborate across two healthcare organizations as we help more children get the heart care they desperately need at the right time and the right place, while building on the strengths of our respective organizations,” said Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, chief executive officer of UVA Medical Center.

For more information, contact Sharon Cindrich at 757-668-7028 or or Eric Swenson at 434-924-5770 or  

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554
CHKD brings EOS X-ray imaging to Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, Va. - CHKD is proud to bring the latest in imaging technology, the EOS imaging system, to Southeastern Virginia. EOS is a groundbreaking X-ray system that uses an ultra-low dose of radiation to provide detailed, high-quality skeletal images. Based on Nobel prize-winning technology in the field of particle detection, the EOS substantially reduces the amount of radiation received during a single imaging procedure.

The EOS imaging system has the unique ability to provide a three-dimensional, full-body image of a patient in a natural standing position with a single scan. This weight-bearing image allows for better evaluation of balance and posture and for analysis of bones, joints and ligaments from multiple angles – all essential elements to the diagnosis and treatment planning in many musculoskeletal conditions.

EOS imaging is primarily used to assess patients with spine, hip and leg disorders, such as scoliosis and leg-length discrepancies. Traditional X-rays are still the standard of care for injuries or conditions that can be evaluated with general radiography, such as broken bones and sports injuries.

“The low radiation and reduced number of scans is especially important for children with conditions such as scoliosis and other spinal deformities, who require frequent X-rays over many years,” says Dr. Sheldon St. Clair, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at CHKD and orthopedic director of the CHKD spine program.

CHKD is currently offering EOS imaging at two locations in Hampton Roads, the CHKD Health Center at Oakbrooke in Chesapeake, and the CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point in Newport News.

“We’re excited to bring the benefits of this state-of-the-art technology to families in our region,” says Dr. St. Clair. “Previously, the closest facility offering EOS imaging was more than 150 miles away.”

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Area Hospitals Announce Collective Masking Recommendation as Precaution against Widespread Flu Levels

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Jan. 10, 2017) — Public health officials report seasonal influenza-like illness in Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina is now at a high level.

Effective immediately, local area hospitals and healthcare systems strongly recommend all patients and visitors, including those seeking outpatient services, wear a mask inside hospitals, medical facilities and physician practices to protect the community from the spread of flu. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at facility entrances for public use.

All patients and visitors, even those who already had a flu vaccine, are strongly encouraged to wear masks inside healthcare facilities. Vaccine is the best prevention available, but they are not 100% effective. Masking provides an added layer of protection from the potentially deadly disease.

As healthcare providers, our goal is to protect the community from disease. Data suggests infected persons can transmit the virus as much as 24 hours before displaying symptoms. This community-wide recommendation helps protect our patients, visitors and staff from exposure to flu, even before symptoms occur.

Individuals displaying symptoms of influenza-like illness are asked not to visit patients at area hospitals. Symptoms of flu include fever and respiratory illness symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, chills, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

The recommendation to wear a mask when entering healthcare facilities will remain in effect during the flu season while the disease is at widespread levels.

Additional measures to limit the spread of disease, especially flu, include washing hands frequently, staying home when sick, getting vaccinated and coughing into sleeves or tissues.

Participating medical entities 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 Healthcare
  • 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 Orthopedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex
  • Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Emergency Department at Proffit Road
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Heart Hospital
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
  • Sentara Obici Hospital
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center
  • Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
  • Sentara Freestanding Emergency Departments at BelleHarbour, Port Warwick, Independence and Lake Ridge

News media are encouraged to contact the following hospital contacts for help identifying interview sources.

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

Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Pamela Cox

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

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Christina Johnson

Riverside Health System
Peter Glagola

Sentara Healthcare
Sentara Media Pager

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Urgent Care Opens at CHKD Health Center on the Peninsula

Newport News, Va. — Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will open the region’s third urgent care center exclusively for infants, children and teens on October 5, 2016, at the new CHKD Health Center at Tech Center, located at 680 Oyster Point Road in Newport News. The new CHKD Urgent Care Center will be open from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.

CHKD Urgent Care provides 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 stitches. Families can skip the wait for urgent care services by using a convenient “Save My Spot” link to understand wait times and hold a place in line for their child. Visit for more information.

In addition to urgent care, the Health Center at Tech Center offers sports medicine primary care and physical therapy as well as X-ray and lab services by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in X-ray and lab services are available during urgent care hours, from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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. Learn more at

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Danielle DeVenio: (757) 668-9049 or
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
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

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