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Friday, November 02, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD and 94.9 The Point Kick Off Annual Radiothon

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – 94.9 The Point will broadcast live from Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters during the 17th annual Radiothon to benefit CHKD. The event will take place Wednesday, November 7, through Friday, November 9, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Morning show hosts Mike Powers and Woo Woo will share stories of courage and hope through interviews with local CHKD patients and their families from CHKD’s TowneBank Atrium, the hospital’s main lobby.

Features of this year’s Radiothon campaign:

Kickoff video. CHKD’s 2018 Radiothon kickoff video captures the excitement of the live event. Watch and share.

Meet the patients. Learn more about the CHKD patients whose stories will be shared throughout the event. Visit CHKD.org/Radiothon.

Fundraise with us. Listeners are invited to create an individual or team fundraising page to engage their networks of friends and family and raise funds for CHKD during Radiothon. Set up your fundraising page at TeamCHKD.org.

This year’s goal is to raise more than $250,000 to purchase equipment, fund research, and provide patient care programs at CHKD, including the new mental health initiative. Listeners can phone in pledges during Radiothon by calling (757) 668-9000 or donate online at CHKD.org/ThePoint.

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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, October 30, 2018
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Medical Organizations Honor Two CHKD-Affiliated Doctors

NORFOLK, Va. – – National medical organizations recently honored two CHKD physicians, one for his advocacy in the ear, nose, and throat field, and the other for his service in radiology:

Dr. David H. Darrow, who performs ear, nose, and throat surgeries at CHKD, will receive the 2018 Otolaryngology Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Darrow was co-author of the first online AAP course on ear infections, and he has lectured and developed guidelines for treatment of birthmarks, ear infections, and tonsillectomies. He is also co-editor of the AAP textbook Pediatric Otolaryngology, a publication for primary care practitioners.

Dr. Darrow will receive the award at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, in November.

Dr. David C. Kushner, who helps ensure the quality and safety of our children’s care at CHKD, was recently named one of three Gold Medalists for 2019 for innovative service to the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Kushner is the associate medical director for quality and safety at CHKD, a role in which he helps develop and maintain safety protocols that make CHKD a high caliber hospital. He formerly held positions as medical director of radiology at CHKD, president of the ACR, and chair of the ACR Commission on Membership and Communications.

Dr. Kushner will receive the honor during the ACR 2019 annual meeting in May in Washington, D.C.

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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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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: Elizabeth.Early@CHKD.org or (757) 668-9049

Local Walmart and Sam’s Clubs Reach $12 Million Raised for CHKD

National campaign crosses $1 billion in children’s hospital fundraising since 1987

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers, and members in Hampton Roads put their money where the miracles are during the annual Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals fundraising campaign.

Local stores raised $346,200 during this year’s campaign, reaching a milestone of $12 million in donations to CHKD over the past three decades. This effort is part of a national annual campaign for CMN Hospitals; $36.5 million was raised in 2018 in the U.S. and Canada, pushing the donation total since 1987 over the $1 billion mark.

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates held a variety of in-store fundraising activities from August 27 to October 7, and asked customers and members to donate at the register to help kids live better. “Our associates understand that they’re making a real impact and helping a lot of people they know who have needed CHKD,” said Ashley Rambo, store manager of Walmart’s Neighborhood Market on Kempsville Road in Virginia Beach. “The hospital has helped my own family so much, and it brings joy to my heart to help other kids in the community.”

Funds raised by Walmart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the country go to help the local CMN Hospital in their area. The 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network treat one in 10 children across North America. Hospitals use the funds based on what they need most – typically providing lifesaving equipment and research, supporting top therapy programs, and providing charitable care.

All funds raised in Hampton Roads this year will go to support CHKD’s mental health initiative and radiology program. “We are so fortunate to have a world-class pediatric hospital taking such great care of our local kids,” says Chris Mehler, manager of Walmart’s Virginia market. “I can think of no better way to help the communities Walmart serves than to support CHKD.”

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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 CMNHospitals.org and Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Contact: Brandi Potts: Brandi.Potts@CHKD.org or (757) 668-7028

CHKD Provides Accessible Trick-or-Treating at the 2018 Fall Fest

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Kids with special needs and their families are the focus of the inaugural Fall Fest on Saturday, October 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. The media is invited to cover this event. The Fall Fest is being held in partnership with Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Therapeutic Recreation program.

At this free community event, children with special needs and mobility issues can trick-or-treat in an accessible, indoor “neighborhood” made of cardboard houses decorated by local businesses and organizations.

“Our patients have varied abilities and needs, so our accessible, family-friendly trick-or-treating will be for both sweet treats and other prizes,” says Dr. Charles Dillard, a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at CHKD. “The Fall Fest is all about creating a safe, stress-free environment for our kids to participate in holiday celebrations.”

Kids are invited to come in costume and decorate their wheelchairs or adaptive devices, and can enjoy fall games and activities like pumpkin decorating, live entertainment, and a photo booth.

When: Saturday, October 20, 2 – 5 p.m.
Where: River Crest Community Center, 1001 River Walk Parkway, Chesapeake, Virginia

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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 Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Therapeutic Recreation program

The City of Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism has been serving the citizens of Chesapeake with special needs for over 30 years. Certified staff are dedicated to maintaining an atmosphere that empowers participants to enjoy life and reach their goals every day. Recreational therapists work with clients to restore motor, social, and cognitive functioning; build confidence; develop coping skills; and integrate skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. Intervention areas vary widely and are based upon client interests. Examples of intervention modalities include creative arts (e.g., crafts, music, dance, drama, among others), sports, adventure programming, dance/movement, and leisure education.

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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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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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