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Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Welcomes New Specialists

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

Dr. Thomas Gallagher has joined the department of ear, nose, and throat surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Gallagher earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He also did a fellowship at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Gallagher is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at EVMS. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and belongs to the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also is an associate editor of the journal for the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Daniel Spencer has joined the psychology division of Children’s Specialty Group. Dr. Spencer earned his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He then went to Brown University to complete his triple board residency at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Spencer is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry Neurology in both psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Spencer served four years as co-director of psychiatry of the integrated care medical psychiatric program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I. He has a clinical interest in family-based integrative care.

Dr. Bettina Gyr has joined the orthopedics and sports medicine department. Dr. Gyr received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She did her residency at the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia, and completed a fellowship at the University of Utah.

She is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Gyr came to CHKD after nine years at Brenner Children’s Hospital of Wake Forest Baptist Health. While there, she was on the staff at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and served as medical director of the human performance and biomechanics laboratory and as an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and pediatrics. Prior to that, Dr. Gyr was a staff surgeon at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Minneapolis.

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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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Friday, January 25, 2019
Contact: Contact: Elizabeth Earley - (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

9th Annual Vegas-Style Wright Night is a Full House for the Kids at CHKD

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Hometown hero David Wright, former captain of the New York Mets, hosted the 9th annual Wright Night January 18, with hundreds enjoying a Vegas-style evening at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The night of casino gaming, cocktails, and a live auction raised $179,000 for CHKD, with Metal Tech as the presenting sponsor.

Wright, a seven-time All-Star third baseman, recently retired as a Mets player, and now works for the Mets’ front office as a special assistant to the general manager.

Born in Norfolk and raised in Chesapeake, Wright has been a long-time supporter of CHKD, even dropping by the hospital to play games and talk baseball with the children. Over the past nine years, the Vegas-style charity event he hosts has raised nearly $1.6 million for the kids at CHKD.

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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, January 24, 2019
Contact: Contact: Elizabeth Earley at (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

Harris Teeter Stores in Hampton Roads Round Up for CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, Va – Customers of Harris Teeter stores throughout Hampton Roads will be able to “Round Up” at the cash register through Feb. 26 to benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Shoppers can donate at any Hampton Roads area Harris Teeter, with 100 percent of donations going directly to CHKD. There’s no limit to what a shopper can donate.

“When we announced the purchase of the former Farm Fresh locations last year, we realized the long-standing partnership between the former retailer and CHKD, so it made sense for Harris Teeter to look into ways we could partner with the hospital,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “Our Round Up campaign offers our shoppers a convenient way to give back, and it allows Harris Teeter to honor the legacy of the neighborhood’s former hometown grocery store.”

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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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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Medical Group Welcomes New Practice

NORFOLK, Va. – CHKD Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of Norfolk Pediatrics to the CHKD family. The practice offers nearly five decades of experience from board-certified pediatrician Dr. Sanjay Amin.

Dr. Amin will be joined by board-certified pediatrician Melissa Horton. Dr. Horton graduated from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of The Kings Daughters.

Norfolk Pediatrics will continue to provide services at its current location at 1529 International Boulevard, Suite 103, as a practice of CHKD Medical Group. The practice offers high-quality comprehensive pediatric care backed by the expertise and specialty services of CHKD. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (757) 855-6800.

CHKD Medical Group is an organization of 19 pediatric practices in 30 locations. The group is part of Children’s Health System, Inc. which operates Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, the state’s only full-service free-standing pediatric hospital.

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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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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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