News Release

Friday, November 16, 2007

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

CHKD to Host 18th Annual Bioethics Day

“Making a Difference: Advocating for Children”

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.— Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will host its 18th Annual Bioethics Day program November 29, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at the hospital’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk.

This year’s program, “Making a Difference: Advocating for Children,” focuses on: the ethical responsibility of the pediatric healthcare provider in advocating for children; how an idea to improve child health and safety becomes policy; laws regarding pediatric healthcare that started with advocacy and methods healthcare providers, families and communities can utilize to enhance the health and well being of children.

Keynote speaker (8-9:15 a.m.) will be Marilyn Tavenner, M.H.A, Virginia secretary of health and human resources. She was appointed by Governor Kaine in January 2006 and oversees 12 agencies employing more than 18,000 people, including the Departments of Health, Mental Health, Social Services, Health Professions and Medical Assistance Services. Secretary Tavenner spent the previous 25 years working for the Hospital Corporation of American, beginning her career as a staff nurse and subsequently rising through the ranks to become president of HCA’s outpatient services.

The program is free; however, pre-registration is required. Continuing education credits are available. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or visit