News Release

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

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


HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters announced today it received a $25,000 grant from the Portsmouth-based Beazley Foundation to go toward the hospital’s goal of raising $10 million for the CHKD Child Abuse Program Endowment. Funds from the endowment are used to support the Child Abuse Program at CHKD, which costs approximately $1.5 million annually to operate and serves as the regional referral center for coordination of child abuse services and programs in the area. It offers a multi-disciplinary approach to care, involving all agencies that are involved in case investigation and protection of the child. This approach speeds up the investigative process, precludes the child from having to repeat his or story several times to multiple people and collects accurate and unbiased information that can be used in civil and criminal proceedings against alleged perpetrators. “Because child abuse continues to plague Hampton Roads, there is a great need for coordinated and comprehensive services,” said Jim Dahling, CHKD Health System president and CEO. “We are fortunate the Beazley Foundation shares our dedication to helping stop the abuse and begin the healing process. I know that Fred Beazley would be proud of the Foundation’s accomplishment in Portsmouth and our overall region.” The CHKD Child Abuse Program’s mission is to offer a variety of medical and mental health services to help abused and neglected children begin healing. The program’s facility offers a safe and nurturing environment that many times is not found in other offices of settings. The program coordinates the efforts of various investigative agencies working together on behalf of abused children, to help ensure the best outcome for each child is realized. Last year, program staff provided more than 3,600 services that helped 905 children. The Child Abuse Program is the only one of its kind in Hampton Roads and is the largest of only three in Virginia. “The Beazley Foundation is pleased to provide this grant and to support the wonderful work of the CHKD Child Abuse Program,” said Judge Richard S. Bray, president of the Foundation. “It is singularly unique in the critical services it provides to abused and neglected children and their families and to the courts, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and social services agencies. This gift is in keeping with the vision of the Beazley family and the Foundation they established to provide philanthropic support to help meet the needs of children and communities in our area.” The Beazley Foundation was established in 1948 with funds provided by the late Fred W. Beazley, his wife, Marie C. Beazley, and son, Fred W. Beazley Jr., all of Portsmouth. From its inception, the Foundation’s primary focus has been the needs of the community and young people, especially in the areas of health care, housing, education, recreation and like concerns through southeastern Virginia. 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 approximately 160,000 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.