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Friday, December 19, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
New TWiTCH Treatment Reduces Stroke Risk in Children with Sickle Cell Disease
CHKD Patients Participated in Clinical Trial

Norfolk, VA - Patients and physicians at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters recently participated in a national clinical trial that helped prove the safety of an important new treatment to reduce the risk of strokes in patients with sickle cell disease.

The NIH-sponsored study of hydroxyurea therapy showed such promising results that officials terminated the study a year earlier than expected to enable more patients to receive the therapy. The study, which included 121 patients between age 4 and 16 in the United States and Canada, began in September of 2011. Of the 121 patients in the study, eight were patients at CHKD.

Known as TWiTCH (Transcranial Doppler With Transfusions Changing to Hydroxyurea), the therapy can benefit patients with cerebrovascular disease and increased stroke risk.

The standard therapy for children with sickle cell disease who are known to have an increased risk of stroke has been monthly blood transfusions. While effective, this traditional therapy can have significant side effects including severe iron overload and transfusion reactions, which have been increasingly recognized as sources of morbidity in patients with sickle cell disease. The new treatment avoids these side effects and works in multiple ways to decrease the clogging of blood vessels from sickle-shaped blood cells.

“The results of this study will have great impact on patients living with sickle cell disease across the world,” said pediatric hematologist/oncologist William Owen, MD, who directed CHKD’s participation in the program. “We are indebted to our dedicated patients and families for their participation in this most important trial. Additionally, this study would not have been possible without the joint effort by multiple divisions of our hospital including the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, pharmacy, laboratory medicine, and radiology.”

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of the nearly 500,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers and satellite offices throughout its service region.

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Friday, November 14, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
94.9 The Point Kicks Off 13th Annual CHKD Radiothon

HAMPTON ROADS, VA -- 94.9 The Point will broadcast its 13th annual Radiothon to benefit CHKD live from the hospital Tuesday, November 18, through Friday, November 21, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Morning show hosts Mike Powers and Woo Woo will set up a radio studio in CHKD’s Towne Bank Atrium, the hospital’s main lobby, where they’ll share stories of courage and hope through live and pre-recorded interviews with local CHKD patients and their families.

New this year, listeners are encouraged to spread the word using the official Radiothon Virtual Toolkit, which includes easy-to-use social media messaging, badges and banners to boost public participation and drive awareness for this year’s event. Families can also participate in the Coins for Kids campaign and collect spare change to be donated to the hospital during Radiothon broadcast hours. For more information visit CHKD.org/coins4kids.

“We’ve created new ways for the community to get involved in this year’s Radiothon,” says Larissa Trinder, director of corporate relations for CHKD. “Whether they listen in, call in a pledge, donate online, bring in spare change or use the virtual toolkit to share our message, we’re making it easier than ever for every member of our community to join the effort to support CHKD.”

All money raised will be used to purchase equipment, fund research and provide patient care programs at CHKD. Listeners can phone in pledges during the Radiothon by calling (757) 668-9000 or donate online at CHKD.org/donate.

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Monday, October 06, 2014
Sam Fabian, (757) 668-7402
Kohl's Cares Donates $107,932 to Support Community Kindness Program at CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, VA— Kohl’s Department Store, through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, donated $107,932 to CHKD this year, bringing its 10-year total gift amount to $893,144.

“Since 2004, Kohl’s has supported programs that help CHKD improve the health and well-being of area children through educational programs for children, parents and professionals throughout the region,” said Sam Fabian, CHKD community outreach program manager.

In years past, Kohl’s Cares has partnered with CHKD to offer educational programs that promote the health and well-being of all families in Hampton Roads. This year, believing that a kind community starts with kind kids, CHKD and Kohl’s have launched the Kohl’s Kind Kids program, encouraging children to make not-so-random acts of kindness a happy, healthy habit every single day. Learn more at CHKD.org/KohlsKindKids.

Kohl's commitment to CHKD is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys, and 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships. Kohl's has raised more than $257 million through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through the Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, approximately 834,000 associates have donated 2.7 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $79 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to our communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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CHKD is the only freestanding, full-service 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.

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Monday, August 04, 2014
Heather Kent, 668-7554
CHKD Medical Group opens new primary care practice in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, VA -CHKD Medical Group opened its newest primary care practice on August 1, 2014, in Virginia Beach. Premier Pediatrics is located near Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital at 1181 First Colonial Road.

The addition of Premier Pediatrics brings the number of CHKD practices to 17, with more than 28 locations throughout Hampton Roads, from Williamsburg and Gloucester to Elizabeth City, N.C.

Two board-certified pediatricians, Christy Fontana, MD, and Michele Wadsworth, MD, and pediatric nurse practitioner, Michelle Brown, PNP-BC, all formerly with CHKD’s General Booth Pediatrics, will bring their expertise to CHKD’s newest practice.

Premier Pediatrics will offer free prenatal visits for expectant parents, routine check-ups and well child care, diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses and injuries, breastfeeding support, and free books through the Reach Out and Read program.

Through its close association with Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Premier Pediatrics will have direct access to all of CHKD’s pediatric specialists and services.

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 greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers and satellite offices throughout the region. Visit CHKD.org for more information.

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Monday, August 04, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, 668-7028
New CHKD Health Center brings pediatric specialists to Harbour View North in Suffolk

Suffolk, VA - Children and teens in Suffolk will now have easier access to CHKD’s pediatric specialists. On August 1, the health system opened a new CHKD Health Center at 7021 Harbour View Boulevard, suite 117. The new site will offer appointments in pediatric dermatology, allergy, gastroenterology, cardiology and nephrology, as well as developmental pediatrics. 

The addition of the facility at Harbour View North marks the Health System’s 35th location and is part of CHKD’s commitment to provide convenient access to specialized pediatric care for the nearly 500,000 children in Hampton Roads and surrounding regions. The following numbers can be used for information on referrals and appointments:

  • Allergy: 668-8255
  • Cardiology: 668-7214
  • Dermatology: 668-8922
  • Developmental Pediatrics: 668-7473
  • Gastroenterology: 668-7240
  • Nephrology: 668-7244
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Sharon Cindrich, (757) 668-7028
GEICO launches July toy drive to benefit kids at CHKD

Virginia Beach, VA - While the holiday season may be months away, GEICO is celebrating the spirit of giving with a toy drive to bring a cheer to children at CHKD this July.

From July 1 through 30, GEICO’s Virginia Beach regional office will be accepting new toys for children at CHKD, setting a goal to fill an entire GEICO van with new play things for patients staying at the hospital. In addition to collecting new toys, GEICO associates will also be raising funds to help CHKD’s child life program purchase a doll house and play kitchen set for the hospital’s inpatient play room.

GEICO’s support of CHKD began at the very first Children’s Miracle Network telethon for the hospital in 1984, and this year’s toy drive celebrates thirty years of the company’s charitable efforts to help children at CHKD. “We know CHKD is a cause that is meaningful to so many of our associates. Being able to provide good healthcare to our children is vital, and they do that in a big way. That’s why we support CHKD,” says Joe Thomas, GEICO’s regional vice president.

The toy drive follows a five-year commitment of funding from GEICO to support the new CHKD facility in Chesapeake.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 20 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

GEICO’s online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes and claims reporting, and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available. For more information, go to www.geico.com.

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 the nearly 500,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. 

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