News Release

Friday, September 02, 2005

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


HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters was asked yesterday to help Sentara Health System staff one of the 40 FEMA field hospitals being set up in the Hurricane Katrina disaster area. These 250-bed hospitals require 100+ volunteers, and CHKD is answering the call by taking on the pediatric services needed for one of those facilities over a two-week period. The 14-person CHKD complement will consist of two physicians, 10 registered nurses and two respiratory specialists. CHKD also will provide a package of pediatric specific medical supplies and equipment. “The call for volunteers within our organization yielded an amazing response – more than 85 employees and physicians declared, within only a few hours of the call, their willingness to leave their homes and families for this humanitarian effort,” said Jim Dahling, president and CEO of the CHKD Health System. “From these volunteers, we’ll be keeping our list of willing and able should the need for additional future teams arise.” Today and Monday, the CHKD and Sentara team will be finalizing logistics in preparation for a planned departure as early as Wednesday for an as yet unspecified location. Sentara has the lead in organizing this effort, filling tractor trailers with supplies and equipping volunteers with the essentials to provide a triage hospital for victims of this tragedy. “I thank all those who are leaving, and I thank those who are remaining and filling in at CHKD to carry on for the children who need us right here in Hampton Roads,” Dahling said in an e-mail note distributed to everyone within the CHKD Health System. “Once again, our entire CHKD team makes me incredibly proud to be associated with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, and I am very grateful to know that so many are lending their aid to this effort in very personal as well as professional ways.”