CHKD News Releases

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Recent News Releases and Stories

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Ridgely Ingersoll, (757) 668-9087 or
CHKD, UVA Form Network to Enhance Pediatric Care in Virginia
Clinically Integrated Network Seeks to Provide High-Quality, Efficient Care

October 10, 2017 — University of Virginia Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters will establish a clinically integrated network (CIN) dedicated exclusively to improving children’s health. As the first pediatric-only CIN in Virginia, the CHKD-UVA association will initially serve children throughout greater Hampton Roads and Charlottesville and its neighboring counties.

The physician-led network, a joint venture of CHKD and UVA Children’s Hospital, will unite pediatric healthcare providers -- pediatricians, pediatric specialists, pediatric surgeons and others essential to the care of children -- to develop protocols, practices and standards of care. Their objective: ensuring all children have easy access to the best care in the right location with the greatest efficiency and value.

"Our goal is to develop a model of pediatric care that delivers superior care coordination and clinical outcomes to patients while supporting the practices of participating providers through clinical integration, innovation, research and education," said Richard P. Shannon, MD, Executive Vice-President for Health Affairs at UVA.

Clinically integrated networks are designed to improve the health of patients and reduce costs through care coordination by implementing physician-designed clinical standards and linking physicians, hospitals, other care providers and insurers to work toward these common goals. "Clinical networks will become increasingly important as the Virginia Medicaid program transitions to a platform that focuses on innovation, establishes alternative payment models and monitors both utilization and care outcomes," says Jim Dahling, President and CEO of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters Health System.

This announcement is the culmination of extensive collaboration, analysis and preparation by both institutions, which have also partnered on a regional collaborative for cardiac care. CHKD and UVA will work with physicians and community partners to help define and design the roadmap for the CIN.

"The input and expertise of pediatricians, specialists, and surgeons from UVA and CHKD as well as partners in the community will be essential to our success as we work together to improve the health of our children," said Dahling.

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 UVA Children’s Hospital

University of Virginia Children’s Hospital provides primary and specialty care in more than 30 specialties to children throughout Virginia. UVA Children’s Hospital includes 111 beds, a dedicated pediatric emergency department, a neonatal intensive care unit for infants, and a pediatric intensive care unit. The Battle Building, which opened in 2014, consolidates outpatient children’s care at a single location in Charlottesville. U.S. News & World Report has nationally ranked UVA Children’s Hospital in four specialties – cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, neonatology and orthopedics.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Heather Kent, (757) 668-7554 or
CHKD Earns Provisional Level I Pediatric Trauma Center Status
Norfolk children's hospital becomes eastern Virginia’s only Level I pediatric trauma center

Hampton Roads, Virginia -- The Virginia Department of Health has awarded Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters provisional status as a Level I pediatric trauma center.

Level I trauma centers care for the most severely injured patients and have the resources to address all aspects of accidental injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. The pediatric trauma center designation requires CHKD to meet Level I criteria for patients less than 15 years of age.

"At CHKD, trauma patients will benefit from the skills and experience of pediatric physicians, surgeons, therapists and clinical support staff from more than a dozen different specialties and departments," says Jim Dahling, president and CEO of CHKD Health System. "This designation reflects our heartfelt commitment to address the complex medical, emotional and developmental needs of young trauma patients, as well as our capacity to strengthen and expand our clinical care for the benefit of our community.”

CHKD's provisional status will continue until July 25, 2018. At that time, the state will consider CHKD for full approval as a Level I pediatric trauma center.

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, September 13, 2017
CHKD/UVA Cardiac Collaborative welcomes Dr. Philip Smith to CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The University of Virginia Children's Hospital/Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters' regional collaborative for cardiac care has appointed Dr. Philip Smith as chief of cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Dr. Smith comes to CHKD from Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio, where he was the clinical director of The Heart Center and chief of cardiac surgery from 2001 to 2016. From 1998 to 2001, he was chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

In addition to his surgical skills, Dr. Smith brings extensive experience in program development, process and outcomes improvement and leadership to his new role. He developed the organizational blueprint for the integrated cardiovascular medicine and surgery program at Akron Children’s Hospital, bringing specialists in cardiology, neonatology, anesthesiology, critical care and cardiothoracic surgery together to collaborate as an interdisciplinary team. He chaired the hospital's surgical services governance council, which maintained clinical and administrative oversight of operative services. He also helped Akron Children's establish a collaborative affiliation for pediatric and adult congenital surgery with Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Smith is board certified in thoracic surgery and congenital cardiac subspecialty surgery. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed post graduate training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the University of Minnesota and Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Smith is based at CHKD’s main hospital in Norfolk. To reach him, please call 668-8850.   

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Danielle DeVenio, (757) 668-9049
CHKD child abuse program announces Dr. Michelle Clayton as new medical director

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is pleased to announce Michelle Clayton, MD, MPH, has been named medical director of CHKD’s child abuse program.

A fellowship-trained specialist in child abuse pediatrics, Dr. Clayton joined CHKD’s child abuse program in 2004. She is board certified in child abuse pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and also serves as director of the child abuse fellowship program at CHKD.

Dr. Clayton has received state and national recognition for her exceptional work in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. She currently conducts research and provides education and training for physicians and local investigative agencies on recognition of inflicted trauma. She also remains an active member of several state committees related to child welfare and child abuse prevention.

About CHKD’s child abuse program

Established in 1998, the CHKD child abuse program ensures that all children who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect in Hampton Roads have access to quality services and treatment. The program offers an integrated response to child abuse through case coordination with a multidisciplinary team of community professionals. Children made more than 4,000 visits to CHKD's child abuse program last year.

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