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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Ridgely Ingersoll, (757) 668-9087
Edward A. "Buzz" Heidt, Jr. Chairs CHKD Health System Board of Directors

NORFOLK, VA, August 18, 2015 --- Edward A. "Buzz" Heidt, Jr., Chair and CEO of The Penrod Company, was elected Chair of the CHKD Health System Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2015. The CHS Board of Directors provides governance for the health system.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Heidt in this crucial leadership position," says Jim Dahling, President and CEO of CHKD Health System. "I have no doubt that his unique combination of knowledge, intelligence and commitment to our mission will strengthen our efforts today and our capabilities in the future."

In addition to his leadership in the private sector, Heidt has substantial experience in the administration of charitable organizations. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the American Red Cross Board of Governors and represents the American Red Cross on the Geneva-based Governing Board of the International Federations of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which oversees the charity's worldwide operations.

Heidt also has a strong legacy of service and support to local charitable organizations, including CHKD. Before joining the CHKD Health System Board in 2011, he chaired the Health System's Foundation Board, which manages contributions from CHKD donors and funds hospital programs and services.

Heidt succeeds John Lawson, who will remain on CHKD's Board of Directors after completing a four-year tenure as chair in June.

CHKD is Virginia's only freestanding children’s hospital and the heart of a comprehensive pediatric healthcare network that serves the medical and surgical needs of more than 450,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Richard.Radford@chkd.org
CHKD Health System Names New Vice Presidents
Morlock, Mitchell, Harris join executive team NORFOLK, VA, August 13, 2015 – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Health System has named three new vice presidents.

Paul Morlock joins CHKD Health System as Vice President of Human Resources and Occupational Health. Karen Mitchell, RN, has been promoted to Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Tamika Harris has been selected to serve in a newly created position as Vice President of Facilities and Support Services.

“We are pleased to have these three new members of our executive team,” said John Harding, Chief Operating Officer of CHKD Health System. “Karen and Tamika bring a wealth of CHKD knowledge to their new roles, and Paul brings us a fresh perspective from his work with other health systems.”

Morlock replaces retiring Vice President of Human Resources, David Bowers, and comes to CHKD after serving in a similar role at Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle, NC. Morlock has more than 30 years of healthcare management experience. He holds a B.S. from Luther College and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Iowa.

Mitchell replaces retiring Vice President of Patient Care Services, Jo-Ann Burke, RN. Mitchell will serve as Chief Nursing Officer, overseeing inpatient units and the emergency department, as well as hematology and oncology, the CHKD transport team, trauma, nursing informatics and clinical practice and education. She has been with CHKD since 1996 in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Hematology and Oncology. She holds a B.S.N. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree with a focus on nursing leadership and management from George Washington University

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Harris will oversee the construction, management and maintenance of the organization’s facilities. Her responsibilities will include environmental services, safety and security, engineering and emergency management. She previously served as CHKD’s Director of Ambulatory Facilities and Director of Facility Planning and Construction. She holds a B.S. from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
Hyundai Hope on Wheels to Present CHKD with $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award for Pediatric Cancer Research
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters has received $535,000 from Hope On Wheels since 2006

On Tuesday, August 11, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® will award Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters with the $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award to Dr. Eric Lowe and the clinical research team at CHKD in their efforts to offer a full range of clinical trials to children diagnosed with cancer. CHKD has received $535,000 in funding from Hope On Wheels since 2006.

The award will be officially presented during the Hope On Wheels signature Handprint Ceremony at CHKD in Norfolk, Virginia. At the ceremony, local children affected by cancer will dip their hands in colorful paint and place their handprints on a white Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels, to commemorate their brave battles with cancer.

Hyundai and its dealers joined the fight against pediatric cancer in 1998. Now in its 17th year, Hope On Wheels remains committed to helping children fight this disease by funding life-saving research and innovative treatments. This year, Hope On Wheels will award 22 Hyundai Impact Awards, 36 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grants and 10 Hyundai Scholar Young Investigator Grants totaling over $11 million to institutions across the country. In 2015, Hope On Wheels surpasses $100 million in donations to pediatric cancer institutions nationwide since its inception.

What: Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Who: Hope On Wheels, Norfolk-area Hyundai dealers, doctors, families and children battling cancer from CHKD to join the ceremony.

Why: Dr. Eric Lowe, a pediatric oncologist at CHKD, will be presented with a $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award to help support continued access to clinical trials for children with cancer in Hampton Roads.

When: Tuesday, August 11 at 10:00 a.m. EST

Where: Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507

Contact:
Susannah Spruill  
Finn Partners
Cell: 703-606-9618
Phone: (757) 668-7028
susannahspruill@finnpartners.com

Sharon Cindrich
Sharon.Cindrich@chkd.org
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters 

For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org

HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 820 U.S. dealers. Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $100 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

About Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters

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, pediatric urgent care and satellite offices throughout its service region.  

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
CHKD radiologist to lead American College of Radiology

NORFOLK, VA, July 7, 2015 --- David C. Kushner, MD, medical director of radiology at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, was recently elected president of the American College of Radiology. The ACR, founded in 1924, is the largest North American professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science, quality and safety of radiological care.

Dr. Kushner is certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiology and pediatric radiology and has held many leadership positions in national radiology organizations, including serving as president of the Society for Pediatric Radiology, which awarded him a gold medal for service to his field in 2014.

CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and the heart of a comprehensive pediatric healthcare network that serves the medical and surgical needs of more than 450,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

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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: 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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