Friday, January 23, 2004
Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043
CHKD Health System to Receive $1.15 Million in Federal Funding
Virginia Congressional Delegation Lauded for Efforts on Hospital’s Behalf
HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2004, passed yesterday by the U.S. Senate and sent to the president for signature, contains $1.15 million in funding for two Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Health System programs.
The bill provides $750,000 for the regional CHKD Child Abuse Program based in Norfolk and $400,000 toward construction of the first CHKD Health Center on the Peninsula. The FY2004 funding for CHKD ranks fifth among all children’s hospitals nationwide.
“It can’t be stressed enough how vital this federal funding is to providing quality medical programs and services to the children of our region,” said CHKDHS president and CEO Jim Dahling. “We are grateful to our two Virginia senators and our Hampton Roads representatives for their support in this effort and for continuing to be champions for our hospital and for the future of children’s health care.”
Senators John Warner and George Allen spearheaded the Senate effort to include CHKD’s needs in the legislation.
“This is great news for the Children’s Hospital,” Senator Warner said. “This money will help CHKD’s dedicated employees expand their services and increase the help available to abused and neglected children in the Hampton Roads area.”
Senator Allen echoed those sentiments.
“I am very pleased with the valuable and innovative work Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is doing,” Senator Allen added. “The funding for the expansion of both the CHKD Health System onto the Peninsula and the Child Abuse Program will enable the hospital to attract new jobs and improve the quality of life for children in Virginia.”
The legislative action in the U.S. House of Representatives on CHKD’s behalf was led by Representatives Ed Schrock and Jo Ann Davis. It was passed there on December 8.
The $750,000 provided for the CHKD Child Abuse Program in Norfolk will go to purchase equipment to facilitate the gathering and sharing of evidence with law enforcement and social service agencies. These dollars were earmarked in the Commerce-Justice-State portion of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill and will be provided through the Edward Byrne Grant program.
The CHKD Child Abuse Program was established in late 1998 and dedicated facilities to house the program were opened in 2001. Since that time, the program has assisted local communities throughout Southeastern Virginia in improving their response to child abuse by providing coordinated services to help evaluate, investigate, prosecute and treat abuse and neglect in the region. The program works to minimize stress on suspected victims by bringing together in one location the efforts of professionals in medicine, mental health, child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution and victim advocacy. During the last two years, more than 1,600 Hampton Roads children and families have been referred to the program for a variety of services.
“I am thrilled to see the CHKD Child Abuse Program among those projects funded in the Omnibus bill,” Congressman Schrock said. “These funds will help CHKD continue its valuable work to help children following abuse and neglect, and I’m glad I could help secure these funds for this important program.”
The $400,000 provided to assist in the construction of a multi-service CHKD Health Center on the Peninsula was earmarked in the Labor, Health and Human Services portion of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill and will be administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration.
The two-story, 43,000-square foot facility now under construction in the Oyster Point area of Newport News 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 Children’s Medical Group primary care practice. The center will open this spring and initially will house approximately 35 employees and handle some 24,000 visits annually. The site also provides sufficient space for future expansion, making it easier to pursue additional options for caring for local children – from additional specialty clinics to outpatient surgery.
“This funding will go towards improving our children’s health care system in the Peninsula area,” said Congresswoman Davis. “Children’s health care is a vital concern for our communities, and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters plays a pivotal role in helping to care for our young. This funding will help improve children’s health care in our region.”
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 150,000 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 childcare center, Center for Pediatric Research and health education initiatives.