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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
William and Mary Dance Marathon Raises More Than $13,000 for Kids at CHKD

Williamsburg, VA - College students, CHKD patients and hospital supporters poured their heart into the College of William and Mary’s first TribeTHON – a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Dance Marathon organized by students at the college to benefit CHKD. Dancing from noon to 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, the inaugural event raised more than $13,000 for the Norfolk-based hospital. 

“The support and enthusiasm the college students bring to our cause is inspiring,” says Whitney Huston of CHKD, who has also worked with Norfolk State University’s Dance Marathon to benefit CHKD. “Support from the local community is vital to CHKD, and events like this one help us raise vital funds and awareness for the hospital.”

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving college and high school students at more than 250 schools across the country, all raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, such as CHKD, in their community. Students spend a year learning invaluable leadership and life skills while raising funds and interacting with local children’s hospital patients. The year culminates with a Dance Marathon event where the students stay on their feet through dancing, games and entertainment to celebrate a year of annual fundraising.

CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of a region with more than 450,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Learn more at

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.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
CHKD Dealt a Winning Hand at Fifth Annual David Wright Vegas Night

Virginia Beach, VA -- David Wright, team captain for the New York Mets and Chesapeake native, hosted an annual Vegas-style charity event for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters on Friday, January 23, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The sold-out evening included a Texas hold ‘em poker tournament and casino games, including craps, roulette, blackjack and table-top horse racing with chances to win great prizes. Guests enjoyed cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and bid on live and silent auction items. More than 400 supporters attended the event, which raised a record $190,000 for CHKD, with Hall Automotive as the title sponsor.

An avid supporter of CHKD for many years, this is the fifth Vegas Night hosted by Wright. This year’s event brought the five year cumulative total to $750,000. Funds from past events have been used to renovate the hospital playroom and provide critical support for patient care.

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Monday, January 05, 2015
Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554
CHKD Announces New Pediatric Urgent Care Service
First location will open in Chesapeake in January

Chesapeake, VA - CHKD will open the region’s first urgent care center exclusively for infants, children and teens on January 7, 2015, at 817 Volvo Parkway in Chesapeake.

“As the newest member of our CHKD Health System family, CHKD Urgent Care expands our ability to provide age-appropriate care to the children of our region when and where they need it," says CHKD President and CEO, Jim Dahling.

Theresa Guins, MD, a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric emergency medicine specialist with 20years of experience in CHKD’s Emergency Department, will serve as Medical Director of the new service. Dr. Guins will lead a staff of board-certified pediatricians, pediatric nurses and pediatric X-ray technicians and lab specialists at the new center.

CHKD Urgent Care will offer 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 stiches. If a higher level of care is needed, CHKD Urgent Care can coordinate transfer via CHKD’s mobile pediatric ICU to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

“One of our goals is to better integrate urgent care into the spectrum of medical services children receive," says Guins. "An important part of our care will be communicating with patients' primary care physicians and, in some cases, pediatric specialists as well. We will also use the same electronic health records system that all CHKD pediatric practices and the main hospital use. Many independent community physicians also have access to this system, so we can all share information needed to make the best diagnostic and treatment decisions. "

CHKD Urgent Care will be open from 4 to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends/holidays. For more information, go to

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
Area Hospitals Announce Collective Masking Recommendation for Visitors at Healthcare Facilities as Precaution against Spread of Flu
Flu widespread in Virginia and North Carolina

December 23, 2014–Effective Wednesday, December 24, 2014, hospitals and health care systems strongly recommend all patients and visitors wear a mask when entering hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, urgent care centers, and branch clinics, including those seeking outpatient services at hospitals. This measure is in place to protect the community from the spread of flu.

A mask is also strongly recommended for patients and family members seeking care at associated physician practices.

Public health officials report seasonal influenza cases in Virginia and North Carolina are now at the highest level—widespread level. Experts also predict a severe flu season since the main circulating strain “drifted” or changed, and this year’s vaccine is a poor match to that strain. That strain (H3N2) historically has caused severe disease, and the same outcome is being seen this year.

Since vaccines are not 100% effective, all patients and visitors are still strongly encouraged to wear a mask when entering the facilities, even those who already had a flu vaccine. Vaccine is the best prevention available and masks provide added protections for the community and their loved ones.

Data suggests infected persons can transmit the virus as much as 24 hours before displaying symptoms. This recommendation helps protect patients, visitors, and staff from exposure to flu, even before symptoms occur.

As healthcare providers, our goal is to protect the community from disease. Every appropriate tool and measure will be considered to limit flu among patients, visitors, family members, and staff at medical facilities. Masks and hand sanitizer are available at facility entrances for public use and other options will likely be considered throughout this flu season.

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 flu in the region is high.

Other measures to limit the spread of disease, especially flu, are: stay home when sick, wash hands frequently, get vaccinated and cough into sleeves or tissues.

Participating hospitals and emergency departments 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 Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
  • Halifax Regional Hospital
  • 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 Orthopaedic Hospital at Sentara CarePlex
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Sentara Heart Hospital
  • Sentara Obici Hospital
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
  • Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
  • Sentara Freestanding Emergency Departments at BelleHarbour, Port Warwick, Independence, and Lake Ridge
  • Southampton Memorial Hospital
  • Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • Martha Jefferson Emergency Department at Proffit Road
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center

Hospital leaders are relying on families to help protect the community from flu.

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

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

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Sarah Kehr
(757) 312-3036

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Sharon Cindrich
(757) 457-8839 (Pager)

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth
Deborah Kallgren
(757) 953-1941 (Office)

Riverside Health System
Peter Glagola
(757) 719-2103

Sentara Healthcare
Cheri Hishelwood
(757) 671-4971 (Sentara Media Pager)

Southampton Memorial Hospital
Kim Marks
(757) 569-6166

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
NY Mets' David Wright goes to bat for kids at CHKD with fifth annual Vegas Night event

Virginia Beach, VA – Hometown hero, David Wright, third baseman for the New York Mets, hosts the fifth annual Vegas Night to benefit children at CHKD on Friday, January 23, 2015, beginning at 7:00 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 $300 Poker Tournament ticket includes general admission plus $4,000 in poker chips and $1,000 in gaming chips. A $150 general admission ticket includes $2,000 in gaming chips, but does not include poker.

The past four Vegas Night events have raised more than $560,000 for CHKD, the only free-standing children’s hospital in the state serving a region with 450,000 children.

Hall Automotive is title sponsor of the event, and other sponsorships are available. The number of admissions and sponsorships is limited, so call (757) 668-7070 or visit

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
New TWiTCH Treatment Reduces Stroke Risk in Children with Sickle Cell Disease
CHKD Patients Participated in Clinical Trial

Norfolk, VA - Patients and physicians at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters recently participated in a national clinical trial that helped prove the safety of an important new treatment to reduce the risk of strokes in patients with sickle cell disease.

The NIH-sponsored study of hydroxyurea therapy showed such promising results that officials terminated the study a year earlier than expected to enable more patients to receive the therapy. The study, which included 121 patients between age 4 and 16 in the United States and Canada, began in September of 2011. Of the 121 patients in the study, eight were patients at CHKD.

Known as TWiTCH (Transcranial Doppler With Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea), the therapy can benefit patients with cerebrovascular disease and increased stroke risk.

The standard therapy for children with sickle cell disease who are known to have an increased risk of stroke has been monthly blood transfusions. While effective, this traditional therapy can have significant side effects including severe iron overload and transfusion reactions, which have been increasingly recognized as sources of morbidity in patients with sickle cell disease. The new treatment avoids these side effects and works in multiple ways to decrease the clogging of blood vessels from sickle-shaped blood cells.

“The results of this study will have great impact on patients living with sickle cell disease across the world,” said pediatric hematologist/oncologist William Owen, MD, who directed CHKD’s participation in the program. “We are indebted to our dedicated patients and families for their participation in this most important trial. Additionally, this study would not have been possible without the joint effort by multiple divisions of our hospital including the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, pharmacy, laboratory medicine, and radiology.”

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia, serving 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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