Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Contact: Amy Wendel or George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043
State Approves CHKD’s First-Ever Health and Surgery Center
To be built in Newport News
HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters received state approval Monday to build its first-ever health and surgery center. CHKD obtained a Certificate of Public Need from the Virginia Department of Health, allowing the hospital to begin construction on a two-suite outpatient surgery facility adjoining the hospital’s soon-to-open Health Center in the Oyster Point area of Newport News. “This health and surgery center expands CHKD’s long-standing commitment to children and families of the Virginia Peninsula,” said Jim Dahling, president and CEO of the CHKD Health System. “Hundreds of Peninsula children come to the hospital in downtown Norfolk each year for outpatient surgery, and those numbers are growing. CHKD’s conveniently located center will not only better serve those children and families, but we believe it’s what they deserve: specialized and dedicated pediatric surgical care in their own community.” Dahling continued, “This approval clearly demonstrates the state’s recognition that the unique needs of the region’s children can be uniquely addressed by Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.” At this facility and on an outpatient (same-day) basis, Peninsula children will be able to undergo surgery in a number of pediatric specialty areas. Families using this Center will gain access to the best of the “CHKD-Norfolk experience” -- a team of professionals dedicated exclusively to the needs of children, from pediatric surgeons and nurses to anesthesiologists and child life specialists. Currently, children and families seeking dedicated pediatric surgical care must travel to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in downtown Norfolk. When it opens, this CHKD health and surgery center will be the region’s only other exclusively pediatric surgery center. “We are absolutely delighted that families from Williamsburg to Poquoson and Gloucester to Hampton will no longer have to travel great distances through heavy traffic to receive the CHKD outpatient surgery experience,” Dahling said. “And we are most grateful that the needs of children and families on the Peninsula were recognized every step of the way in the COPN process, from the Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency staff and board to the staff of the Division of COPN to the Commissioner of Health.” The new health and surgery centerwill be constructed as an extension to the Peninsula’s first multi-service CHKD Health Center, scheduled to open next month. The Health Center will be home to CHKD physician practices including Newport News Pediatrics and Children’s Surgical Group’s pediatric surgery, orthopedics and sports medicine and urology. The Center will also house physical/occupational and speech therapies, lab and x-ray services and Children’s Specialty Group offices. It is located at the corner of Rock Landing Drive and Omni Boulevard, near the Omni Hotel. Construction of the approximately 11,000-square-foot addition is expected to begin this summer and open by summer 2005. The hospital anticipates performing close to 1,000 surgeries at the health and surgery center in its first full year of operation. In Norfolk, CHKD performs nearly 10,000 surgeries per year, with close to 8,000 on an outpatient basis. Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is Virginia’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to children. CHKD serves the medical and surgical needs of families throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital, founded in 1961, provides care to nearly 150,000 children each year.