News Release

Monday, May 17, 2004

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

CHKD Dedicated First Peninsula Health Center

Facility Offers Area Families More Options Closer to Home

CHKD Health Center at Oyster Point
CHKD Health and Surgery Center at Oyster Point
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—A dedication ceremony held here today marked the much-anticipated opening of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ first dedicated, multi-service Health Center on the Peninsula. The two-story, 43,000-square foot facility provides 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, making it possible for area children to receive a wide array of CHKD’s outpatient care much closer to home. “Families from Hampton to Williamsburg, and from Gloucester to Newport News, now 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 for outpatient care 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 can 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.” Helping in today’s dedication 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. By the end of May, after a phased move-in that began earlier in the month, the 43,000-square-foot, $5.5 million Center will house the following services:
  • a primary care practice, Newport News Pediatrics, which moved from its Denbigh location and opened this morning
  • offices for a variety of pediatric specialists and surgeons providing evaluation, treatment and follow-up care, some of which are already in place
  • a full complement of rehabilitative therapy, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, which are now available, and
  • diagnostic and laboratory services, which are up and running. Concurrently, efforts are underway to secure $2.5 million in philanthropic support for the CHKD Health Center at Oyster Point, with an additional $400,000 provided through a fiscal year 2004 federal appropriation spearheaded by Congresswoman Davis, in whose district the Center lies. The Center is located on eight acres of CHKD-owned land at 11783 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 it also allows for the planned addition of an aquatic therapy pool and of a recently approved, pediatric health and surgery center, further expanding CHKD’s long-standing commitment to children and families of the Virginia Peninsula.” Construction of the 11,000-square-foot, two-suite outpatient surgery facility will begin this summer and open by Summer 2005. Then, Peninsula children will also be able to undergo surgery in a number of pediatric specialty areas on an outpatient (same-day) basis. The hospital anticipates performing close to 1,000 surgeries at the health and surgery center in its first full year of operation. 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 Health Center was designed by Rancorn Wildman Architects of Newport News, and the general contractor was W. M. Jordan Co., also of Newport News.