Government Relations

Governor Speaks at King's Daughters' Annual Celebration

Governor Robert F. McDonnell spoke to a crowd of more than 250 people on October 15, 2010 at The King’s Daughters annual recognition celebration last week at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, an event attended by CHKD board members and leaders including President and CEO Jim Dahling.

Gov. McDonnell praised CHKD’s founding organization for its fundraising, advocacy and volunteerism. While he indicated that the state will face challenges in meeting future health care needs, he also emphasized that he was working with state and federal groups to make sure Virginia provides the best care at the best cost.

Maryellen Baldwin, President of The King's Daughters, highlighted The King's Daughters' accomplishments this past fiscal year including 55,000 volunteer hours, the donation of 24,000 hand-made items and gifts, as well as cash donations totaling $567,000. The King's Daughters also celebrated collection of the final donation towards their five-year, $1-million endowment pledge in support of CHKD Child Abuse Program and nursing externship programs.


The Governor Addresses King’s Daughters and CHKD Administrators 
Here, the governor is greeted by CHKD president/CEO Jim Dahling on his way to address the board members, administrators and King’s Daughters gathered there.

The Governor Addresses King’s Daughters and CHKD Administrators 
Luncheon guests included CHS board chairman Jerry Kantor (left), Sr. VP for community relations Stephanie Calliott (center), pediatric neurologist and state senator Ralph Northam, and Sr. VP for outpatient services Joann Rogers.

The Governor Addresses King’s Daughters and CHKD Administrators 
King’s Daughters board member Brie Martinson with Sen. Ralph Northam

The Governor Addresses King’s Daughters and CHKD Administrators 
King’s Daughters president Maryellen Baldwin presented the governor a token of appreciation for his support of CHKD and for being keynote speaker at the annual meeting.

The Governor Addresses King’s Daughters and CHKD Administrators 
The governor chats with a CHKD patient and a member of The King’s Daughters members.

The Governor Addresses King’s Daughters and CHKD Administrators 
CHKD VP for support services David Bowers meets Gov. McDonnell.

The Governor Addresses King’s Daughters and CHKD Administrators 
Sen. Northam and and Gov. McDonnell

The Governor Addresses King’s Daughters and CHKD Administrators 
The governor addresses King’s Daughters and administrators from CHKD.


Senate Finance Subcommittee visits CHKD

The Virginia Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources held a meeting at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters on Monday, June 21. The meeting focused on Medicaid, with CHKD CEO Jim Dahling providing an analysis of CHKD’s funding challenges through its dependence on Medicaid and Disproportionate Share Hospital Payments as well as the expected impact of federal Health Care Reform.

Senate Finance Subcommittee visits CHKD 
Dr. Linda Pegram, director of the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at CHKD, talked with subcommittee members about the many and varied services that CHKD provides to approximately 500 childhood cancer patients and their families. Shown from left are Sen. Janet D. Howell; Sen. Emmett W. Hanger, Jr.; CHKD President and CEO, Jim Dahling; CHKD surgeon, Donald Nuss; CHKD VP of Government Relations, Amy Sampson, Sen. Edward Houck and Dr. Pegram.

Senate Finance Subcommittee visits CHKD

Sen. Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., (left) and Sen. Edward Houck, chair of the subcommittee, are shown here with CHKD’s Senior VP of academic affairs, Don Lewis, MD, on a tour of the hospital after the meeting.

Senate Finance Subcommittee visits CHKD

Senators Houck, Hanger, Whipple and Howell get a glimpse of a tiny neonate --- and all the expertise and technology needed to help her survive --- in CHKD’s 62-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit.

Senate Finance Subcommittee visits CHKD
Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple and CHKD CEO and President, Jim Dahling talk after the meeting. Read about Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple's impressions of CHKD.

Senate Finance Subcommittee visits CHKD
Sen. Ralph Northam welcomed everyone to the hospital. Northam is also a pediatric neurologist at CHKD.

Senate Finance Subcommittee visits CHKD
Sen. Edward Houck of the 17th District, chair of the subcommittee, led the meeting. Subcommittee members Sen. Emmett W. Hanger, Jr., of the 24th District; Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple of the 31st District; Sen. Janet Howell of the 32nd District; and Sen. Yvonne B. Miller of the 5th District also attended. Sen. William Wampler of the 40th District participated by teleconference.

Senate Finance Subcommittee visits CHKD

Senators Hanger, Northam, Howell, Whipple and Miller stopped for a quick group photo after the June 21 meeting of the Virginia Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Resources at CHKD.