CHKD Turns 50 -- and Look How Far We've Come

In 1961, CHKD opened as an 88-bed hospital. In 2011, it is the heart of a comprehensive pediatric health system with ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient health centers and pediatric practices serving every corner of the region.

Here you can learn more about how the hospital came into being and how we’ve expanded over the decades to safeguard the health of the children in our community.

The King's Daughters

Fifty years ago a group of civic-minded women believed so strongly that children should have a special hospital, they rallied the community and raised the money to bring it to life. Read more.


50 Years of Children’s Hospital

Here When They Needed Us

CHKD Patient Stories

In the News

Norfolk children's hospital reaches mid-century mark from The Daily Press
A Hospital Just for Kids Turns 50 from The Health Journal

Through the Decades

Click on the picture to view the corresponding timeline by decade of CHKD.