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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Contact: Brandi Potts: (757) 668-7028 or Brandi.Potts@CHKD.org

CHKD Welcomes New Surgeons and Specialists

NORFOLK, Va. – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is pleased to welcome a new pediatric surgeon, pediatric neurosurgeon, and two new pediatric endocrinologists.

Dr. Duane Duke has joined the pediatric surgery team. A board-certified pediatric surgeon, Dr. Duke comes to CHKD after serving as a pediatric surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, with his main duty station at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a combat veteran, having been deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to East Africa, where he provided battlefield trauma surgical care. He continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Dr. Duke earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and received fellowship training at Saint Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Dr. Kimberly Mackey has joined the neurosurgery team. Dr. Mackey comes to CHKD from the University of New Mexico, where she served as both an adult and pediatric neurosurgeon. There, she was the only practicing pediatric neurosurgeon, as well as the first-ever fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon in the state. Having an interest in advancing pediatric neurosurgery in the developing world, she has worked in Kenya, Uganda, and South and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Mackey received her medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dr. Nicole Nejedly has joined the endocrinology department. Dr. Nejedly received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her pediatric residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, and is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Melinda Penn has joined the endocrinology department. Dr. Penn received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed her residency at Medical University of South Carolina. She received fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is board-certified in pediatric endocrinology by the American Board of Pediatrics. 

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Pictured left to right: Dr. Duane Duke, Dr. Kimberly Mackey, Dr. Nicole Nejedly, and Dr. Melinda Penn.

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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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Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Contact: Brandi Potts - (757) 668-7028 or Brandi.Potts@CHKD.org

CHKD Announces 2018 Board of Directors

NORFOLK, Va. – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters welcomed new members to the Children’s Health System and Children’s Health Foundation boards of directors.

Edward A. “Buzz” Heidt Jr. has been re-elected to serve as chairman of Children’s Health System, and Julie Childress Beck has joined the board. Charlie Henderson will serve as chairman of Children’s Health Foundation, and Kimberley Geiger, Doug Hillebrandt, Kelly Johnson, and Katherine Knaus have joined the board.

Julie Childress Beck is a certified financial planner for Davenport & Company LLC and was recently named president of The King’s Daughters. Raised in Norfolk and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Julie has been a member of The King’s Daughters for over 30 years, serving various roles across numerous committees.

Charlie Henderson is market president for Bank of America in Hampton Roads and serves as the environmental, social, and governance program manager of the company’s charitable foundation. He is a trustee of Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Urban League of Hampton Roads, and is a board member of Virginia Bankers Association. Charlie also serves on the board of deacons at Suffolk Christian Church.

Kimberley Geiger is an assistant vice president of Fund Business Management Group and manager in core operations for Capital Group. She is a member of Elizabeth River Circle of The King’s Daughters and Portsmouth Service League, and is actively involved in New Creation United Methodist Church.

Doug Hillebrandt is an associate financial adviser at Heritage Business Strategies LLC. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in government and German studies, received a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to joining Heritage Business Strategies, Doug was an analyst on the primary derivatives rating team at Moody’s Investors Service in New York.

Kelly Johnson is the assistant vice president at Southern Bank and Trust, managing the Colley Avenue office. An Old Dominion University graduate and lifelong Norfolk resident, Kelly is president of Ghent Business Association and serves on the Norfolk Crime Line board of directors. She is the Southern Bank spokesperson for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a member of Downtown Circle of The King’s Daughters.

Katherine Knaus spent many years as a clinical nurse specialist, working with critically ill adult patients. She currently serves as treasurer on The King’s Daughters board of directors and is a member of Dogwood Circle. She has also volunteered with the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Susan G. Komen Tidewater, and a literacy program in North Carolina.

Charlie Henderson

Charlie Henderson, chairman of Children's Health Foundation

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Contact: Ridgely Ingersoll: Ridgely.Ingersoll@chkd.org or (757) 668-9642

CHKD Earns Full Level I Pediatric Trauma Center Status

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD) has been designated as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the Virginia Commissioner of Health, M. Norman Oliver, MD.

CHKD earned provisional status as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in September of 2017. In July 2018, a multidisciplinary Health Department team conducted a follow-up site visit to verify the hospital’s adherence to Virginia trauma center standards. During the provisional period, CHKD’s trauma team cared for almost 600 trauma patients. The follow-up site visit resulted in unanimous recommendation for approval from all reviewers.

“This achievement represents years of collaboration and hard work for CHKD’s clinical and administrative leaders,” says Buzz Heidt, chair of CHKD Health System’s Board of Directors, “and is another confirmation of the organization’s long-standing commitment to expand its programs and services to meet the needs of children in our region.”

“Children deserve medical care that addresses all of their unique physical, developmental and psychological needs,” says CHKD President and CEO, Jim Dahling. “We’re grateful that the State recognizes our ability to care for the most severely injured pediatric patients and to address all aspects of accidental injury, from prevention through rehabilitation.”

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 27, 2018
Contact: Brandi Potts: Brandi.Potts@CHKD.org or (757) 668-7028

Local Walmart and Sam’s Club Stores Kick Off Annual Campaign to Benefit CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Now through September 30, local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores are raising money to help kids being treated at CHKD. During this annual campaign, customers and members can donate $1 or more to CHKD when they check out. In addition to collecting donations at the register, stores may host creative fundraisers including bake sales, in-store contests, and family-friendly events.

All donations raised from the Walmart and Sam’s Club campaign, held in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, stay local and help fund needed medical care, equipment, and therapy programs that save and improve the lives of children in the region. Over the past three decades, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers, and members have raised $11.4 million for CHKD. Funds from this year’s campaign will benefit CHKD’s radiology services and the mental health program.

“We are so fortunate to have a world-class pediatric hospital taking such great care of local kids,” says Chris Mehler, market manager of Walmart’s Neighborhood Markets in Virginia. “CHKD’s positive impact, not only on the kids and their families but also on the community, is immeasurable. We are proud to be part of that.”

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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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Monday, August 13, 2018
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The King’s Daughters Presents $700,000 Gift to CHKD

NORFOLK, Va. – On Thursday, July 26, The King’s Daughters, founding organization of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, presented a $700,000 donation to CHKD. The King’s Daughters raised the funds through Circle (member) events and larger special events like RunWalk for the Kids, and the annual holiday gala, Moonlight & Mistletoe, as well as their popular collection canisters at retail locations throughout the region.

The King’s Daughters recently pledged $1 million toward CHKD’s emerging mental health campaign, and $500,000 of the $700,000 gift will be used to help expand mental health care in our region. “For 122 years, The King’s Daughters have been at the forefront, first to recognize and meet our children’s healthcare needs,” says CHKD CEO and President Jim Dahling. “This year’s generous gift will help us meet the growing demand for pediatric mental health in our community. We are incredibly grateful.”

CHKD recently received state approval to build a $60.7 million mental health facility to help meet the critical shortage of pediatric mental health services in our region. “Meeting the mental health needs of our local children and adolescents is paramount,” says Elly Smith, who served as president of The King’s Daughters during the period the funds were raised. “The King’s Daughters are proud to have made a unanimous decision to pledge $1 million in support of CHKD’s efforts to expand this program, and even more proud to have already fulfilled half of this pledge.”

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Contact: Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554 or Heather.Kent@CHKD.org

CHKD Receives State Approval for Expansion of Mental Health Program

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters has received notification from Virginia Commissioner of Health, Dr. M. Norman Oliver, that the state has approved the hospital’s certificate of public need application for a new pediatric mental health facility to help meet the critical shortage of services in our region.

This new facility, to be constructed just off Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk on the medical campus shared by CHKD, EVMS, and Sentara Norfolk General, will include 48 inpatient mental health beds exclusively for young patients, along with mental health day treatment programs and other services. The state approval also includes the addition of 12 beds in the current hospital for inpatient mental health treatment of children and teens with combined medical and mental health diagnoses. This expansion of CHKD’s mental health program will employ approximately 250 healthcare providers and support staff, and treat children 2 to 18 years of age.

CHKD currently receives 15 to 20 mental health referrals each day from primary and specialty healthcare providers, and another three to five children arrive in the CHKD emergency department daily seeking crisis care for mental health disorders.

“This is a tremendous day for the children of Hampton Roads and sets our course for years to come,” says Jim Dahling, president and CEO of CHKD. “We have even harder work still ahead as we build the dream of transforming mental health services for our children and for our region. This one of the most important challenges our organization has ever undertaken.”

Now that state approval has been granted, CHKD will move forward on the planning, funding, and construction of these new facilities. It will take approximately two years to open the 12 beds in the current hospital and four years for the new building to be completed.

The King’s Daughters, founding organization of CHKD, has already pledged $1 million to this mental health initiative, and CHKD will be working with government officials, community leaders, and philanthropic organizations to raise additional funding for the effort.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Contact: Brandi Potts: Brandi.Potts@CHKD.org or (757) 668-7028

Boomer Esiason and Langley for Families Foundations support Cystic Fibrosis Center at CHKD

NORFOLK, Va. – The Boomer Esiason Foundation, in partnership with the Langley for Families Foundation, awarded a $50,000 grant to the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. CHKD provides integrated, multidisciplinary care for nearly 150 children and young adults with cystic fibrosis every year.

Plans for the generous gift include relocating the center’s pulmonary function testing room, installing new technology in several exam rooms, and providing a dedicated space for educational resources for patients and families.

“Part of my foundation’s mission includes our intent to provide students and hospital staffs with the financial resources and educational tools they need to prepare for life’s challenges and to create a legacy of quality healthcare for generations to come,” says Boomer Esiason, chairman of the Boomer Esiason Foundation. “Support from our relationship with Langley Federal Credit Union has enabled us to grant funds to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for its cystic fibrosis resource room. We are delighted to be part of these enhancements.”

“Langley Federal Credit Union and its Foundation have proudly supported the children at CHKD for 22 years and are happy to continue that support by awarding this grant with the Boomer Esiason Foundation to CHKD’s Cystic Fibrosis Center,” says Tom Ryan, CEO of Langley Federal Credit Union. “Our goal is to help provide the resources needed to give children with cystic fibrosis the best care possible.”

“We are grateful for this generous grant from the Boomer Esiason Foundation and Langley for Families Foundation. This gift will help to enhance communication between the clinical staff, patients, and families at CHKD’s Cystic Fibrosis Center, and allow us to better serve the needs of children who are battling cystic fibrosis,” says Lauren Kiger, director of corporate relations and events for CHKD.

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 Boomer Esiason Foundation

Throughout his career in professional sports and the media, Boomer Esiason has been a committed and active participant in many charitable causes, but he began focusing on cystic fibrosis in 1993 when his son, Gunnar, was diagnosed with the disease. That same year, Esiason and his wife, Cheryl, launched the Boomer Esiason Foundation, a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities joining with a committed core of volunteers to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure. For more information, go to esiason.org.

About Langley Federal Credit Union

Langley Federal Credit Union is a federally-chartered credit union, regulated and insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an agency of the federal government. Langley Federal Credit Union serves over 250,000 members and has more than $2.6 billion in assets, ranking the financial cooperative as one of the 100 largest credit unions in the country. Located in Hampton Roads, Langley has 18 branches, over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs, and has served the community for more than 82 years.

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