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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Contact: Elizabeth Earley - (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

Local Walmart and Sam’s Club Stores Raise Funds to Benefit CHKD

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Hampton Roads Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will be raising money now through July 7 to help kids treated at CHKD. Customers and members can donate $1 or more at the checkout lane or self-checkout at any Walmart Store or Sam’s Club in Hampton Roads.

The annual campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises money for 170 children’s hospitals in the United States and Canada. To date, Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, members, and customers have raised more than $1 billion for the network’s hospitals, including $11.7 million for CHKD.

“This campaign is very important to our associates and customers, and every year they do a great job raising funds and awareness for children in the area,” said Brent Rains, Walmart Regional Manager in Virginia. “We are always hoping to make a difference in the community and we are excited to kick off this year’s campaign with the goal to help kids in need.”

Thirty-nine Walmart Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Clubs in Hampton Roads will participate, with a goal of raising $550,000. Help them reach their goal and fund critical treatment, equipment, research, and charitable care for CHKD kids at the same time!

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CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers, and satellite offices throughout its service region. Learn more at CHKD.org.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Contact: Elizabeth Earley at (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Goes Green for Mental Health Awareness Month

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – CHKD will be kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month by lighting its buildings green in May, and hosting a month of events to promote the mental health of children.

One of the highlights will be a screening of “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” an inspirational documentary that features children and young adults speaking about anxiety. CHKD is presenting the screening in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, a Richmond-based nonprofit dedicated to erasing stigmas, raising awareness, and providing mental health education. Cameron Gallagher, who struggled with these issues, lost her life due to an undiagnosed heart condition just after she crossed the finish line of the 2014 Shamrock Half Marathon.

A panel discussion with CHKD experts and special guests will follow the screening. Media representatives are invited to interview these experts on anxiety to advance the event.

The IndieFlix film about anxiety – the most common mental condition in the country – features an interview with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. He shares his story of being bullied and depressed, which led to severe anxiety. The winner of 28 Olympic medals encourages others with anxiety to talk about it and reach out for help.

A popular and well-received documentary, the Angst screening and discussion will be May 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Sparks Science Center at Cape Henry Collegiate, 1320 Mill Dam Road in Virginia Beach. The event, suitable for children 10 and older, is free, but space is limited. Visit CHKD.org/Angst to register. Representatives from the CKG Foundation will also attend.

  • CHKD also will be lighting buildings green the month of May, in partnership with other organizations across the country, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness Coastal Virginia, which will host a lighting ceremony on May 1, at 11:30 a.m., at Town Center Square fountain in Virginia Beach. Besides the main hospital, CHKD will light CHKD Health Centers and Urgent Cares at these locations: 1924 Landstown Centre Way, Virginia Beach; 817 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake; 3960 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach; 680 Oyster Point Road, Newport News.
  • This year’s CHKD RunWalk for The Kids on May 11 will be dedicated to mental health, with proceeds benefiting CHKD’s mental health program. The 14th annual RunWalk will be at the Waterside District in Norfolk and will include an 8K run, a 2-mile walk, and a 1-mile FunRun for kids. To register, visit RunWalkForTheKids.org.
  • For a full schedule of events, visit CHKD’s Mental Health Month Calendar of Events.

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CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers, and satellite offices throughout its service region. 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Contact: Elizabeth Earley: (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Epilepsy Center Earns Elite Level 3 Certification From the National Association of Epilepsy Centers

NORFOLK, Va. – The neuroscience unit at CHKD has been accredited as an esteemed Level 3 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, making it one of four pediatric facilities in the state to be certified.

The NAEC accredits Level 3 centers for providing a comprehensive team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, including medical, neurological, and psychological aspects. These centers bring together neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurse specialists, EEG technologists, pharmacists, social workers, and others to provide an integrated system of care.

The organization defines four levels of centers, and grants certifications to the two highest, Levels 3 and 4. In Virginia, eight hospitals are certified, with CHKD the only free-standing children’s hospital to achieve that designation.

"CHKD’s epilepsy center brings together highly trained pediatric specialists who work as a team using the most advanced monitoring equipment,” said Dr. Michael Strunc, a CHKD pediatric neurologist who is the medical director of the neuroscience unit.  “We’re honored to have earned this designation that reflects our commitment to children with neurological disorders.”

At CHKD, four video EEG rooms with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment enable neurologists and epileptologists – neurologists who specialize in epilepsy – to confirm the presence of seizures and to monitor them over time.

The most common treatment is medication, based on the type of seizure, age of the child, side effects, cost, and east of use. The center also offers surgical options. There’s also a treatment called “vagus nerve stimulator,” in which a pacemaker-like device is implanted to stimulate the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the torso. The device sends small pulses of energy to the brain to stop seizures. It works without patients even being aware of it most of the time, but if they sense a seizure coming on, they can swipe a magnet over the left chest area to send an extra burst of stimulation.

The unit also has a dietitian who oversees a ketogenic diet program, which is a special type of diet that reduces seizures in some children for whom medication doesn’t work.

In the two years since the neuroscience unit opened, close to 900 patients with seizures have been treated. For more information on epilepsy and treatments at CHKD, visit this website:  CHKD Epilepsy Program.

A 6-year-old patient is evaluated at CHKD's neuroscience unit, which was just accredited as a Level 3 epilepsy center by the American Association of Epilepsy Centers. The designation means the unit provides comprehensive, integrated services for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.

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CHKD is the only freestanding children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers, and satellite offices throughout its service region.

 

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