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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Kasey Fuqua, (757 668-7153
CHKD Earns Outstanding Non-Profit in Fundraising Award

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters received the 2015 Outstanding Non-Profit in Fundraising Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals VA, Hampton Roads Chapter.

The award recognizes the hard work, dedication and determination of CHKD’s development team. In FY2014, the development team raised over $10 million to benefit the children who receive care at CHKD through corporate gifts, individual donations and activities such as the CHKD 94.9 The Point Radiothon, Anthem LemonAid and David Wright Vegas Night. These donations fund vital CHKD services and help the hospital meet the cost of caring for the region’s neediest children.

Stephanie Adler Calliott, Senior Vice President of Community Relations, accepted the award on behalf of the team at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon on November 17.

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 children throughout Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. 

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Monday, November 23, 2015
Kasey Fuqua - (757) 668-7153
New Report Helps Physicians Treat Infantile Hemangiomas

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— A new report on the treatment of common childhood birthmarks is helping pediatricians and primary care providers better care for children. 

“It’s not possible for primary care providers to be experts on all the medical conditions they see,” says the report’s lead author Dr. David Darrow, pediatric otolaryngologist with EVMS Pediatric Otolaryngology at CHKD. “We created this report with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help physicians make well-informed clinical decisions regarding infantile hemangiomas.”

Infantile hemangiomas (IHs) are birthmarks, also known as a “strawberry marks,” that are benign and often shrink and disappear on their own as the child grows. However, some IHs can lead to visual impairment, hearing impairment, facial deformities, airway obstruction, hypothyroidism or congestive heart failure.

Because of the potential for serious complications, it is vital for primary care providers to know which patients need to see specialists for further evaluation and treatment. The new report, based on the most recent research and knowledge available, gives primary care providers the information they need to make referral decisions. The report emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and recognition of possible complications due to IHs.

“Patients who may be at risk of complications need to see a multidisciplinary team of specialists, such as the one we have at CHKD, for the best outcomes,” Dr. Darrow says. “Based on the child’s evaluation and information in the report, specialists can determine which treatment plan will have the greatest benefit for the child.”

Dr. Darrow says treatments may include prescription medications given orally or topically, laser therapy or surgery.

The new report on the diagnosis and management of IHs resulted from collaboration between many different pediatric specialists, including otolaryngologists, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, general surgeons, radiologists and pathologists. Physicians at more than 10 children’s hospitals including CHKD, Boston Children’s Hospital; Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago; Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City; Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital systematically reviewed the literature on IHs and contributed to the report

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 children throughout Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Kasey Fuqua, (757) 668-7153
CHKD Director of Annual Giving Earns CFRE Certification

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters announces that Doris Salem, director of annual giving, has become a Certified Fund Raising Executive as designated by CFRE International. Salem joined CHKD’s development team in 2015 after serving the City of Virginia Beach for four years as assistant director at The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Foundation.

To earn her CFRE credential, Salem met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated fundraising achievement and a commitment to service to not-for-profit organizations. She also passed a written examination and agreed to uphold CFRE International’s standards in ethical philanthropic fundraising.

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 children throughout Eastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
New York Mets’ David Wright champions the cause for CHKD with sixth annual Vegas Night event

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Hometown hero David Wright, captain of the National League Champion New York Mets, hosts the sixth annual Vegas Night to benefit children at CHKD on Friday, January 22, 2016, 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. New highlights this year will include an illuminated dance floor, photo booth and games including baseball, golf and more. 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 five Vegas Night events have raised more than $750,000 for CHKD, the only free-standing children’s hospital in the state serving a region with 450,000 children.

Metal Tech 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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Monday, October 26, 2015
Kasey Fuqua, (757) 668-7153
Two Pediatricians Join Courthouse Pediatrics in Gloucester

Gloucester, Va.—CHKD is happy to welcome Sherie Horvath, MD, and Brian Tyler, MD, to Courthouse Pediatrics in Gloucester. They join the practice’s veteran physician, Anne Howard, MD, in providing comprehensive primary care to children.

Dr. Horvath earned her medical degree from University of Alabama and completed her pediatrics residency at University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. Dr. Tyler holds a medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina and served his residency in pediatrics at East Carolina University. Both physicians are board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Courthouse Pediatrics is currently accepting new patients and offers a complimentary get-acquainted visit for new families. The practice provides a medical home for children from birth through age 21 and participates in the national Reach Out and Read program. Through Reach Out and Read, children are given a new age appropriate book at every regularly scheduled well visit from age 6 months to 5 years -- along with advice on using books to support a child’s healthy development. Courthouse Pediatrics is located at 8264 George Washington Memorial Highway in Gloucester. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 804-695-0305.

CHKD Medical Group is affiliated with Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters and consists of 17 pediatric practices in 27 locations throughout Hampton Roads.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Kasey Fuqua, (757) 668-7153
13th Annual Virginia Fall Classic to raise money for CHKD

NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- The Virginia Peninsula Car Club Council and City of Newport News will be hosting the 13th Annual Virginia Fall Classic at the Newport News City Park and Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. from Friday, October 23, to Sunday, October 25. All proceeds from the three-day event benefit the children at CHKD.

Events include dinner, music and shows of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. The event times follow:

  • Friday, October 23, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Kasual Kruz-In, Dinner and Trunk or Treat at Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., 12500 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News.
  • Saturday, October 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open Car, Truck & Bike Show at Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News.
  • Sunday, October 25, 1 p.m. Fall Fun Run, a laid-back cruise through historic scenery starting at Newport News Park, 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News.

For more information, please visit

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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