News Release

Friday, April 18, 2003

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043

CHKD Breaks Ground on First Peninsula Health Center

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—A groundbreaking ceremony held here today marked the start of construction for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ first dedicated, multi-service Health Center on the Peninsula. The planned two-story, 43,000-square foot facility will provide for the first time a permanent home on the Peninsula for CHKD medical and surgical specialists, a full range of rehabilitation and diagnostic services and a CHKD Medical Group primary care practice. The Center is expected to open in early 2004 and will allow for more of the Norfolk-based hospital’s specialists and outpatient specialty services to be available and convenient for Peninsula families. “When we open this CHKD Health Center early next year, families from Hampton to Williamsburg and from Newport News to Gloucester, will have the medical equivalent of one-stop-shopping for most of their outpatient needs,” said Jim Dahling, CHKD president and chief executive officer. “With more than 9,000 Peninsula children already relying on CHKD each year, this facility will allow us to be as convenient to them and other Peninsula families as we are to families in Norfolk. A child will be able to come in for a doctor’s appointment and then walk down the hall for an X-ray or lab work or even for a physical or speech therapy session.” The $5.5 million facility is under construction on eight acres of CHKD-owned land located on Rock Landing Drive near the Omni Hotel, just off I-64’s J. Clyde Morris Boulevard exit. Initially, the Center is expected to house approximately 35 employees and handle some 24,000 visits annually. “This site is really ideal for us,” Dahling added. “Not only is it situated in a planned medical corridor, but down the road, if we find that Peninsula families need new or different services – from specialty clinics to outpatient surgery – we have the space on this site to expand, making it easier to pursue additional options for caring for local children.” Helping in today’s groundbreaking were U. S. Representatives Jo Ann Davis and Robert C. Scott, Newport News Mayor Joe Frank and several other Peninsula-area state and local officials. The project was designed by Rancorn Wildman Architects of Newport News, and the general contractor is W. M. Jordan Co., also of Newport News. Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and provides care to nearly 130,000 children each year as inpatients and outpatients, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. The organization also includes a child care center, Center for Pediatric Research, health education initiatives and a multitude of avenues through which our very generous community provides philanthropic support, including numerous Thrift Store locations. EDITOR’S NOTE: A graphic rendering of the Center is available by e-mail, on request, or may be downloaded from the "" section.