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Monday, December 11, 2017
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049 or
Local Walmart and Sam's Club stores raise $437,433 for CHKD
This year's fundraiser marks 30 years of support for kids

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers and members throughout Hampton Roads showed their support for the kids at CHKD during the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising campaign. The Hampton Roads area stores raised $437,433 for CHKD.

Donations were collected from August 28 through November 3, as Walmart and Sam’s Club associates at 42 locations in Hampton Roads asked customers and members for donations at the register and held various creative in-store fundraising activities.

“As a personnel manager, I hear about the struggles our own team members face when their loved ones are suffering from an illness and how CHKD is a huge support for these families,” says Emma Micks, Walmart associate for more than 17 years. “That makes fundraising for CHKD personal for me. With support from my store and all area Walmarts, we can make sure families continue to get the care they need in the future at CHKD.”

Micks’ Salem Crossing Walmart in Virginia Beach went beyond fundraising at the register. Her store hosted Zumba classes and car shows. “As a mother of 10, I have a big heart when it comes to kids, and I would want the same support for my family if we ever faced a similar situation,” says Micks. “I wanted our store and community to come together for this important cause.”

"We are grateful for the generous support we receive year after year from our local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores,” says Lauren Kiger, director of corporate relations at CHKD. “Donations made during this campaign will support CHKD’s radiology department. So many of our patients receive services from our radiology team – from x-rays to MRI’s –the funds raised will help thousands of local families.”

This year’s campaign marked the 30th anniversary of Walmart and Sam’s Club working with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to raise money for sick and injured kids in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Walmart also reached the $960 million fundraising mark, the most ever raised by a corporation for children’s hospitals.

About CHKD

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 and

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554 or
CHKD Medical Group pediatric practices earn national recognition for patient-centered care

NORFOLK, VA - All eighteen pediatric practices that make up the CHKD Medical Group have been awarded the highest level Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition, Level 3, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This recognition is awarded to primary care medical practices for the use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordination of care and long term provider-patient relationships. As only one in six primary care physicians in America practices in an NCQA-Recognized practice, the 120 pediatricians in the CHKD Medical Group are now among an elite group that has demonstrated its commitment to advancing quality in healthcare.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to enhance care, improve patient experiences and reduce costs. “As a medical home, it is the role of each CHKD pediatric practice to serve as a home base for all their patients’ healthcare needs by keeping a comprehensive medical history, coordinating all care and working in partnership with patient families to ensure that both medical and non-medical needs are met,” says Dr. Doug Mitchell, a pediatrician at General Booth Pediatrics and medical director of the CHKD Medical Group. Research has shown that medical homes can lead to higher quality, lower costs and can improve the healthcare experiences of both patients and providers.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” says NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that each of the CHKD pediatric practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, each CHKD pediatric practice demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

CHKD Medical Group has locations throughout the greater Hampton Roads area, from Williamsburg to Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and include:

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. For more information, visit

About CHKD Medical Group

The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) Medical Group is part of the not-for-profit CHKD Health System, which operates the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia along with primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. For more information about the CHKD Medical Group pediatric practices, visit

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049 or
CHKD welcomes returning pediatric surgeon

NORFOLK, VA - Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is pleased to announce the return of Dr. Michael Goretsky to the pediatric surgery team.

Dr. Goretsky previously spent 15 years at CHKD – home of the Nuss Procedure, where he gained extensive experience in the repair of complex pectus excavatum and was active in clinical and research endeavors with a special interest in metal allergies of the Nuss bar. After a brief period working at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Goretsky has rejoined the CHKD pediatric surgery team.

Dr. Goretsky specializes in pediatric general and thoracic surgery. He received his medical degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a general surgery residency at University of Cincinnati and a pediatric surgery residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He also completed a research fellowship at Shriner's Burn Institute and an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati.

His major clinical interests are chest wall deformities, minimally invasive surgery and surgical quality. He has been published in many peer-reviewed journals on the Nuss Procedure as well as a variety of pediatric surgery textbooks. He lectures extensively in the U.S. and internationally on chest wall deformities.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049
King’s Daughters pledge $1 million to pediatric mental health
Proceeds from holiday events raise funds for new CHKD service

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.The King’s Daughters, founding organization of Children’s Hospital of The King's Daughters, has pledged $1 million to support CHKD's new behavioral health program. Proceeds from two upcoming events, Breakfast with Santa and Moonlight and Mistletoe, will go toward the $1 million pledge.

CHKD's new behavioral health program is being developed to meet a significant and growing need in our community. Over the past ten years, the number of patients admitted to children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or self-harm has more than doubled, and more American children die from suicide than from cancer, cardiovascular disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke and chronic lung disease combined. Mirroring these national statistics, CHKD and its affiliated primary care pediatric practices have experienced a surge in demand for pediatric mental health care.

In response to this need, CHKD's new Behavioral Health program provides outpatient therapy and supportive services for children in crisis as well as those who are coping with serious medical conditions along with behavioral health issues. Additional funds from The King's Daughters will enable the program to help more children in need of behavioral health care.

"Faced with the compelling needs of our region’s children, the members of The King’s Daughters decided to act, pledging $1 million to help expand and strengthen CHKD's behavioral health program," says Elly Smith, President of The King's Daughters.

“Since 1896, The King's Daughters have led the way when it comes to pediatric care in our community," says Jim Dahling, President and CEO of CHKD Health System. "They are always the first to recognize and respond to the needs of our children. This pledge follows a long history of advocacy and action, and we are immensely grateful to them."

Information about The King's Daughters holiday fundraising events follows below:

Breakfast with Santa, presented in conjunction with Busch Gardens Christmas Town, will feature children's activities, an interactive train display, a silent auction of trees and the opportunity to make a handmade gift for a patient at CHKD. The event will take place November 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main Street in downtown Norfolk. Tickets are $25 and include a buffet breakfast and a digital photo with Santa. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 757-668-7098.

The King's Daughters' signature holiday gala, Moonlight and Mistletoe, will take place Saturday, December 2, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at The Main, 100 E. Main Street in downtown Norfolk. This elegant, high-energy event begins with cocktails and networking, followed by dinner and dancing to Strictly Bizzness, and a unique silent and live auction of luxury packages. Sponsorship packages and corporate tables including a variety of special benefits such as overnight accommodations at The Main are available. Individual tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorships, tables and tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 757-668-7098.

About CHKD

CHKD is Virginia’s only freestanding, full-service 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. CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.  

About The King’s Daughters

The King’s Daughters is a charitable organization that has worked to improve the quality of life for children in our region since 1896. The organization grew from a single nurse who rode a bike around Norfolk to care for sick children, to a series of clinics, to the establishment of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in 1961. Today, The King's Daughters still have more than 1,000 members who support Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters through fundraising, volunteerism, leadership and advocacy. For more information, visit

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049
New York Mets’ David Wright hosts annual Vegas Night event to benefit CHKD

Tickets on sale now!

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Hometown hero David Wright, captain of the New York Mets, hosts the eighth annual Vegas Night to benefit children at CHKD on Friday, January 19, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The evening will include cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and dessert with a live/silent auction and casino gaming including craps, roulette, blackjack, horse racing and poker. Attire is "Vegas casual.”

A $150 general admission ticket includes $2,000 in non-poker gaming chips. A $300 poker tournament ticket includes general admission plus $4,000 in poker chips and $2,000 in non-poker gaming chips.

The annual event has raised more than $1.1 million for the kids at CHKD, since its start in 2011.

Metal Tech is this year’s royal flush presenting sponsor. Other sponsorships are still available. Advance tickets are required and are on sale now. No tickets will be sold at the door. Please call (757) 668-7070.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Ridgely Ingersoll, (757) 668-9087 or
CHKD, UVA Form Network to Enhance Pediatric Care in Virginia
Clinically Integrated Network Seeks to Provide High-Quality, Efficient Care

October 10, 2017 — University of Virginia Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters will establish a clinically integrated network (CIN) dedicated exclusively to improving children’s health. As the first pediatric-only CIN in Virginia, the CHKD-UVA association will initially serve children throughout greater Hampton Roads and Charlottesville and its neighboring counties.

The physician-led network, a joint venture of CHKD and UVA Children’s Hospital, will unite pediatric healthcare providers -- pediatricians, pediatric specialists, pediatric surgeons and others essential to the care of children -- to develop protocols, practices and standards of care. Their objective: ensuring all children have easy access to the best care in the right location with the greatest efficiency and value.

"Our goal is to develop a model of pediatric care that delivers superior care coordination and clinical outcomes to patients while supporting the practices of participating providers through clinical integration, innovation, research and education," said Richard P. Shannon, MD, Executive Vice-President for Health Affairs at UVA.

Clinically integrated networks are designed to improve the health of patients and reduce costs through care coordination by implementing physician-designed clinical standards and linking physicians, hospitals, other care providers and insurers to work toward these common goals. "Clinical networks will become increasingly important as the Virginia Medicaid program transitions to a platform that focuses on innovation, establishes alternative payment models and monitors both utilization and care outcomes," says Jim Dahling, President and CEO of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters Health System.

This announcement is the culmination of extensive collaboration, analysis and preparation by both institutions, which have also partnered on a regional collaborative for cardiac care. CHKD and UVA will work with physicians and community partners to help define and design the roadmap for the CIN.

"The input and expertise of pediatricians, specialists, and surgeons from UVA and CHKD as well as partners in the community will be essential to our success as we work together to improve the health of our children," said Dahling.

About CHKD

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 UVA Children’s Hospital

University of Virginia Children’s Hospital provides primary and specialty care in more than 30 specialties to children throughout Virginia. UVA Children’s Hospital includes 111 beds, a dedicated pediatric emergency department, a neonatal intensive care unit for infants, and a pediatric intensive care unit. The Battle Building, which opened in 2014, consolidates outpatient children’s care at a single location in Charlottesville. U.S. News & World Report has nationally ranked UVA Children’s Hospital in four specialties – cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, neonatology and orthopedics.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554 or
CHKD Earns Provisional Level I Pediatric Trauma Center Status
Norfolk children's hospital becomes eastern Virginia’s only Level I pediatric trauma center

Hampton Roads, Virginia -- The Virginia Department of Health has awarded Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters provisional status as a Level I pediatric trauma center.

Level I trauma centers care for the most severely injured patients and have the resources to address all aspects of accidental injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. The pediatric trauma center designation requires CHKD to meet Level I criteria for patients less than 15 years of age.

"At CHKD, trauma patients will benefit from the skills and experience of pediatric physicians, surgeons, therapists and clinical support staff from more than a dozen different specialties and departments," says Jim Dahling, president and CEO of CHKD Health System. "This designation reflects our heartfelt commitment to address the complex medical, emotional and developmental needs of young trauma patients, as well as our capacity to strengthen and expand our clinical care for the benefit of our community.”

CHKD's provisional status will continue until July 25, 2018. At that time, the state will consider CHKD for full approval as a Level I pediatric trauma center.

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, September 13, 2017
CHKD/UVA Cardiac Collaborative welcomes Dr. Philip Smith to CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The University of Virginia Children's Hospital/Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters' regional collaborative for cardiac care has appointed Dr. Philip Smith as chief of cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Dr. Smith comes to CHKD from Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio, where he was the clinical director of The Heart Center and chief of cardiac surgery from 2001 to 2016. From 1998 to 2001, he was chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

In addition to his surgical skills, Dr. Smith brings extensive experience in program development, process and outcomes improvement and leadership to his new role. He developed the organizational blueprint for the integrated cardiovascular medicine and surgery program at Akron Children’s Hospital, bringing specialists in cardiology, neonatology, anesthesiology, critical care and cardiothoracic surgery together to collaborate as an interdisciplinary team. He chaired the hospital's surgical services governance council, which maintained clinical and administrative oversight of operative services. He also helped Akron Children's establish a collaborative affiliation for pediatric and adult congenital surgery with Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Smith is board certified in thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac subspecialty surgery. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed post graduate training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the University of Minnesota and Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Smith is based at CHKD’s main hospital in Norfolk. To reach him, please call 668-8850.   

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