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
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Riverside Health System
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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 CHKD.org/UrgentCare 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 CHKD.org.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Danielle DeVenio: (757) 668-9049 or email@example.com
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 Danielle.Devenio@CHKD.org
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
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Friday, July 01, 2016
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 475-8839 or Danielle.Devenio@CHKD.org
CHKD Now Offers Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— Dr. Mariel Focseneanu is now offering pediatric and adolescent gynecology services through the adolescent medicine program at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. Dr. Focseneanu is a fellowship-trained specialist in pediatric and adolescent gynecology with Children's Specialty Group.
Dr. Focseneanu's practice will focus on evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of reproductive health issues of girls from birth through age 23. Her areas of particular interest include management of congenital abnormalities of the reproductive tract, menstrual problems, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and hormonal disorders. She also offers first time and general gynecologic visits for healthy teens.
Dr. Focseneanu did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis. She recently moved to Virginia after three years in academic practice in New York and Connecticut.
Pediatric and adolescent gynecology services will be offered at CHKD’s main hospital in Norfolk, the CHKD Health Center at Oyster Point in Newport News and the CHKD Health Center in Williamsburg. Please call (757) 668-9330 to make an appointment.
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, June 08, 2016
Heather Kent - (757) 668-7554 or Heather.Kent@chkd.org
Chest Wall International Group Holds First U.S. Meeting
Surgeons from more than 30 countries who specialize in chest wall surgeries will attend
NORFOLK, Va. –– Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will host Chest Wall International Group’s (CWIG) 17th annual meeting June 15 to 17 in Norfolk, Virginia. The meeting will mark the first time this prestigious group has convened in the U.S. More than 150 top surgeons from the United States, South America, Europe and Asia will attend.
The conference will focus on recent developments in the surgical and non-surgical treatment and understanding of the chest wall abnormalities pectus excavatum and pectus carinatum as well as chest wall problems caused by trauma and disease.
Over the past three decades, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) has grown into an international center for chest wall deformity treatment and research. The minimally invasive Nuss Procedure was developed at the hospital by its surgeon-in-chief emeritus, Dr. Donald Nuss.
The Nuss innovation marked a turning point in the field of chest wall surgery. Prior to its development, many people who suffered from pectus excavatum chose to live with the condition rather than undergo the standard correction procedure that required a large incision and fracturing the sternum and several ribs.
The wide adoption of the Nuss Procedure has given CHKD surgeons the opportunity to gather and publish clinically significant outcomes and to facilitate multi-center research into the causes and effects of chest wall deformities. This had led to refinements of the Nuss Procedure and a new understanding of chest wall deformities as medical problems that can and should be treated.
The three-day international meeting will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Nuss, who will also be at the official opening of the hospital's new Nuss Center for Chest Wall Reconstruction. The new center will provide the latest treatment options and specialized pediatric care to children, teenagers and young adults with chest wall deformities.
“We are excited to host this important event and continue to lead an international dialogue around the treatment and understanding of chest wall deformities. With the resources and knowledge we share, we look forward to helping children and adolescents around the world,” says Dr. Robert Kelly, vice president for surgical affairs and surgeon-in-chief for CHKD.
For more information about CWIG or the Nuss Center, please visit CHKD.org/Nuss.
CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout southeastern Virginia, northeastern North Carolina and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 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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