News Release

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Contact: Joy Vann, CHKD (757) 668-7043 or

CHKD Receives VDH Approval for 26 New Beds

HAMPTON ROADS – Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is pleased to announce that the Virginia Department of Health approved a Certificate of Public Need granting the addition of 26 beds to help CHKD cope with the community’s increased need for pediatric services.

The addition will include 20 medical/surgical beds and six neonatal intensive care beds, bringing the licensed bed capacity to 212. The project will be accomplished through renovations and reallocation of existing space. Completion is expected by November 2010.

“Everyone at CHKD is thrilled with this good news. We have experienced great capacity challenges in recent years in both general care inpatient units and in the NICU. Approval for expansion will allow us to care for more babies and children who need treatment by our pediatric specialists and surgeons,” said Jim Dahling, CHKD president and CEO. “We are grateful to our physicians and staff, members of our founding organization, elected officials, private citizens and patient families who lent their overwhelming support to this endeavor which will have a significant positive impact on the children in our community. This is indeed a milestone moment for CHKD and for the children of our region.”

Approval was granted in part because CHKD is the only hospital in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina dedicated solely to children. CHKD submitted a COPN application to the Virginia Department of Health in January 2008 after an analysis and strategic planning process indicated the hospital would need additional beds to meet the needs of the region’s pediatric population. The Eastern Virginia Health Systems Agency and the state’s Department of Certificate of Public Need recommended unconditional approval and it was signed by Deputy Health Commissioner James Burns on May 14, 2008.

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 last year handled approximately 6,200 inpatient admissions and 195,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, 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 organization also includes a child care center, health education initiatives and a multitude of avenues through which our very generous community provides philanthropic support, including numerous Thrift Store locations.