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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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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Contact: Brandi Potts, (757) 668-7028 or Brandi.Potts@CHKD.org

Buy a Miracle Balloon at Costco in May to help kids at CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Local Costco stores are selling Miracle Balloons from now until Thursday, May 31, to support Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. Members can purchase a balloon at checkout for a donation of $1 or more.

Donations received during the month-long Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® fundraising campaign will support programs and services at CHKD that help children from all over the region. Last year, the Costco Wholesale campaign raised $113,494 for the kids at CHKD – a total that was more than the amounts raised in 2015 and 2016 combined.

Miracle Balloons will be available at the following Costco locations:
850 Glenrock Road, Norfolk
12121 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News

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. 

Costco Wholesale Corporation, headquartered in Issaquah, WA (US) and Ottawa, ON (Canada), has raised more than $240 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® since 1988. Currently, over 600 Costco locations in participate in a fundraising campaign for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Every May, Costco participates in a month-long Miracle Balloon Campaign at all warehouses in the United States and Canada. The annual Miracle Balloon Campaign is the primary source of the fundraising effort made by Costco and its partnership with 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 campaigns. 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 and learn about your member hospital at ChildrensMiracleNetworkHospitals.org and Facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Contact: Danielle Devenio: (757) 668-9049 or Danielle.Devenio@CHKD.org

CHKD welcomes new pediatric specialists

NORFOLK, Va. – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is pleased to welcome the following new pediatric specialists to Children’s Specialty Group.

Dr. Laura Gifford has joined the dermatology department. Dr. Gifford is a board-certified dermatologist. She received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University and completed her residency at University of New Mexico Hospital. Dr. Gifford also completed a pediatric dermatology fellowship at CHKD.

Dr. Beth Scharlop has joined the adolescent gynecology department. Dr. Scharlop is a board-certified OB/GYN. She received her medical degree at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Monday, March 19, 2018
Contact: Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554, Heather.Kent@CHKD.org

CHKD Physicians Honored as “Best Doctors in America”

Norfolk, VA – Twenty-one CHKD physicians have been named to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America® list by Best Doctors, Inc. Approximately 4 percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor as a result of the biennial Best Doctors Poll.

The Gallup®-certified polling process begins with a survey asking physicians currently on the Best Doctors in America® list, "If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, who would you choose?” Best Doctors, Inc. reviews and verifies the credentials of each physician identified through the survey before finalizing its list.

“I’d like to congratulate the CHKD physicians acknowledged by Best Doctors in America for their ongoing contributions to our success. Through the extraordinary skills and compassionate care of all our providers, our patients receive the very best every day,” says Jim Dahling, president and CEO of CHKD Health System.

CHKD physicians named to the list are featured below, in alphabetical order, along with their area of specialty.  

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, December 05, 2017
Contact: Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554 or Heather.Kent@CHKD.org

CHKD Medical Group pediatric practices earn national recognition for patient-centered care

NORFOLK, VA - All eighteen pediatric practices that make up the CHKD Medical Group have been awarded the highest level Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition, Level 3, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This recognition is awarded to primary care medical practices for the use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordination of care and long term provider-patient relationships. As only one in six primary care physicians in America practices in an NCQA-Recognized practice, the 120 pediatricians in the CHKD Medical Group are now among an elite group that has demonstrated its commitment to advancing quality in healthcare.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to enhance care, improve patient experiences and reduce costs. “As a medical home, it is the role of each CHKD pediatric practice to serve as a home base for all their patients’ healthcare needs by keeping a comprehensive medical history, coordinating all care and working in partnership with patient families to ensure that both medical and non-medical needs are met,” says Dr. Doug Mitchell, a pediatrician at General Booth Pediatrics and medical director of the CHKD Medical Group. Research has shown that medical homes can lead to higher quality, lower costs and can improve the healthcare experiences of both patients and providers.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” says NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that each of the CHKD pediatric practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, each CHKD pediatric practice demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

CHKD Medical Group has locations throughout the greater Hampton Roads area, from Williamsburg to Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and include:

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. For more information, visit NCQA.org.

About CHKD Medical Group

The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) Medical Group is part of the not-for-profit CHKD Health System, which operates the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia along with primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. For more information about the CHKD Medical Group pediatric practices, visit CHKD.org/Pediatricians.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Contact: Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049 or Danielle.Devenio@CHKD.org

CHKD welcomes returning pediatric surgeon

NORFOLK, VA - Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is pleased to announce the return of Dr. Michael Goretsky to the pediatric surgery team.

Dr. Goretsky previously spent 15 years at CHKD – home of the Nuss Procedure, where he gained extensive experience in the repair of complex pectus excavatum and was active in clinical and research endeavors with a special interest in metal allergies of the Nuss bar. After a brief period working at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Goretsky has rejoined the CHKD pediatric surgery team.

Dr. Goretsky specializes in pediatric general and thoracic surgery. He received his medical degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a general surgery residency at University of Cincinnati and a pediatric surgery residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He also completed a research fellowship at Shriner's Burn Institute and an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati.

His major clinical interests are chest wall deformities, minimally invasive surgery and surgical quality. He has been published in many peer-reviewed journals on the Nuss Procedure as well as a variety of pediatric surgery textbooks. He lectures extensively in the U.S. and internationally on chest wall deformities.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Contact: Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049

King’s Daughters pledge $1 million to pediatric mental health

Proceeds from holiday events raise funds for new CHKD service

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.The King’s Daughters, founding organization of Children’s Hospital of The King's Daughters, has pledged $1 million to support CHKD's new behavioral health program. Proceeds from two upcoming events, Breakfast with Santa and Moonlight and Mistletoe, will go toward the $1 million pledge.

CHKD's new behavioral health program is being developed to meet a significant and growing need in our community. Over the past ten years, the number of patients admitted to children's hospitals for suicidal thoughts or self-harm has more than doubled, and more American children die from suicide than from cancer, cardiovascular disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke and chronic lung disease combined. Mirroring these national statistics, CHKD and its affiliated primary care pediatric practices have experienced a surge in demand for pediatric mental health care.

In response to this need, CHKD's new Behavioral Health program provides outpatient therapy and supportive services for children in crisis as well as those who are coping with serious medical conditions along with behavioral health issues. Additional funds from The King's Daughters will enable the program to help more children in need of behavioral health care.

"Faced with the compelling needs of our region’s children, the members of The King’s Daughters decided to act, pledging $1 million to help expand and strengthen CHKD's behavioral health program," says Elly Smith, President of The King's Daughters.

“Since 1896, The King's Daughters have led the way when it comes to pediatric care in our community," says Jim Dahling, President and CEO of CHKD Health System. "They are always the first to recognize and respond to the needs of our children. This pledge follows a long history of advocacy and action, and we are immensely grateful to them."

Information about The King's Daughters holiday fundraising events follows below:

Breakfast with Santa, presented in conjunction with Busch Gardens Christmas Town, will feature children's activities, an interactive train display, a silent auction of trees and the opportunity to make a handmade gift for a patient at CHKD. The event will take place November 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, 235 E. Main Street in downtown Norfolk. Tickets are $25 and include a buffet breakfast and a digital photo with Santa. Tickets may be purchased online at kingsdaughters.org or by calling 757-668-7098.

The King's Daughters' signature holiday gala, Moonlight and Mistletoe, will take place Saturday, December 2, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at The Main, 100 E. Main Street in downtown Norfolk. This elegant, high-energy event begins with cocktails and networking, followed by dinner and dancing to Strictly Bizzness, and a unique silent and live auction of luxury packages. Sponsorship packages and corporate tables including a variety of special benefits such as overnight accommodations at The Main are available. Individual tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorships, tables and tickets may be purchased online at kingsdaughters.org or by calling 757-668-7098.

About CHKD

CHKD is Virginia’s only freestanding, full-service children’s hospital and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.  

About The King’s Daughters

The King’s Daughters is a charitable organization that has worked to improve the quality of life for children in our region since 1896. The organization grew from a single nurse who rode a bike around Norfolk to care for sick children, to a series of clinics, to the establishment of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in 1961. Today, The King's Daughters still have more than 1,000 members who support Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters through fundraising, volunteerism, leadership and advocacy. For more information, visit kingsdaughters.org.

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