About CHKD The Children’s Hospital of Virginia

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) is Virginia’s only freestanding children’s hospital and the heart of a comprehensive pediatric healthcare system that provides comprehensive medical and surgical care to children. CHKD’s primary service area encompasses southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, a region that is home to approximately 500,000 children under the age of 21.

Our Charitable Mission

  • CHKD was established in 1961 as an 88-bed, not-for-profit hospital by The King’s Daughters, a women’s service organization that has worked to improve the health and well-being of local children since the late 1800s. The King’s Daughters still support the hospital today, through fundraising, advocacy, and leadership on our boards.
  • The hospital has always upheld the charitable mission of its founders. Each year, Medicaid covers approximately 55 percent of its inpatient days, the highest percentage by far of any acute care hospital in Virginia.
  • Because Medicaid does not cover CHKD’s true cost of providing care, the hospital has a large annual shortfall between the costs we incur caring for Medicaid patients and the reimbursements we receive from Medicaid. In fiscal year 2022, that shortfall totaled nearly $33 million. The hospital also provided $2 million in charity care.
  • With the help of our generous community, CHKD is able to ease the government’s burden of caring for our region’s most vulnerable children. We subsidize needed pediatric services that no one else in the region offers. We advance general and professional understanding of children’s health, and collaborate with others who share our devotion to children to create a safer, healthier, and more equitable future for all. In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2022, CHKD’s total community benefit, minus offsetting revenue, totaled $132 million.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

  • Today, CHKD is a 266-bed, freestanding children’s hospital and the heart of an integrated pediatric health care system with nearly 4,000 employees. There are roughly 5,000 admissions to the hospital every year.
  • Every inch of our facility and all members of our medical team are devoted exclusively to the comfort of young people. Our patients benefit from the full range of pediatric specialists and support services available only at freestanding children's hospitals.
  • In 2020, the hospital completed a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with 60 private rooms and 10 rooms with two beds each, perfect for families with twins. This state-of-the-art design facilitates bonding and family-centered care, while offering the highest-level medical interventions to the region’s most fragile newborns. The NICU has approximately 500 admissions a year.
  • CHKD’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is the region’s largest and most sophisticated critical care facility for children and adolescents suffering from acute, life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The unit also provides post-operative care after complex surgeries. Child life specialists, social workers, and chaplains supplement the medical care provided. There are approximately 1,500 admissions each year to the PICU.
  • CHKD’s Neuroscience Unit provides specialized care for neurology and neurosurgery patients. The unit is a Level 3 epilepsy center, certified to offer the professional expertise and technology required to provide the highest-level medical evaluation and treatment, including extended monitoring for children with complex epilepsy.
  • The hospital completed a renovation of its inpatient pediatric Rehabilitation Unit in 2019. The unit is the only one of its kind in Virginia and provides comprehensive care to children and teens who have had a change or loss of functional skills after an illness, surgery, or accident.
  • CHKD's also renovated its Technology-dependent Intensive Care Unit in 2019. Designed specifically to accommodate ventilator-dependent patients who need longer inpatient stays, the unit offers many homelike touches and provides age-appropriate activities to optimize each child’s emotional, intellectual, and social development.
  • Any child or young adult with cancer or a blood disorder who requires hospitalization is admitted to our Hematology/Oncology Unit. On this unit, pediatric hematologists and oncologists lead a team of specially trained nurses and other medical professionals to care for patients with cancer and blood disorders. Special rooms equipped with HEPA-filtration systems keep immunocompromised patients protected from infection.
  • CHKD’s General Care Unit has 32 beds for patients who require medical management and pre- and post-surgical care for a wide range of pediatric diagnoses.
  • CHKD is a transplant hospital with the region's only pediatric kidney transplant program since 2005. 
  • A specially trained Transport Team of pediatric critical care nurses, registered respiratory therapists, and paramedics is on call 24/7 to bring critically ill children and newborns to CHKD from other area medical facilities. These teams work out of fully-equipped mobile intensive care units. They complete more than 2,000 transports every year, many for newborns who require care in CHKD’s NICU.
  • Support services for inpatients include, but are not limited to, child life therapy, chaplaincy, hospital school, medical social work, and pet therapy.
  • Children's Pavilion: In response to the region's growing need for pediatric mental health services, CHKD opened Children's Pavilion in 2022. This 14-story, $224 million facility offers 60 private, inpatient psychiatric rooms; outpatient mental health treatment, a partial hospitalization program, and complementary services.

Surgical Services

  • CHKD operates the region’s only Surgery Program just for children and teens. Each year, teams of pediatric surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists perform approximately 13,000 surgeries, making CHKD’s program one of the busiest pediatric programs in the state.
  • CHKD’s surgical program is designated as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center, the highest level possible, by the American College of Surgeons. Programs with this designation must meet rigorous criteria for staffing, training, facility features, and protocols for care.
  • CHKD’s surgery process is designed to make children and parents comfortable every step of the way. Patients can choose their own flavor of anesthesia, and walk or ride toy cars into the operating room. Our recovery rooms are equipped with rocking chairs for parents and slushie machines.
  • At our main hospital in Norfolk, we provide inpatient and outpatient surgical care from the most complex surgeries to minor outpatient procedures. We also offer outpatient procedures at our Health and Surgery Centers at Oyster Point in Newport News and Concert Drive in Virginia Beach.
  • The pediatric, fellowship-trained surgeons of CHKD Surgical Group offer care in six surgical specialties: cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, pediatric surgery, plastic and oral maxillofacial surgery, and urological surgery. Pediatric ear, nose, and throat surgeons and eye surgeons also operate at CHKD.
  • CHKD is an internationally renowned center for the treatment of pediatric chest wall deformities. In the early 1990s, CHKD surgeon-in-chief emeritus, Dr. Donald Nuss, developed a minimally-invasive procedure to correct pectus excavatum, the most common chest wall deformity in children. Since then, CHKD’s Nuss Center has become an international center for training, research, and treatment of pediatric chest wall deformities.

  • Outpatient Services

  • CHKD Medical Group consists of more than 100 primary care pediatricians who work in 20 practices at 31 offices throughout our service area. All of CHKD Medical Group practices have met the stringent certification requirements set by the National Committee for Quality Assurance to be patient-centered medical homes. The group offers convenient online appointment setting, and all practices make efforts to accommodate parents who want same-day appointments when their children are sick. Children make more than 300,000 visits to the pediatricians of CHKD Medical Group every year.
  • The pediatric subspecialty physicians of Children’s Specialty Group care for children facing health conditions such as cancer, genetic disorders, heart problems, developmental disabilities, asthma/allergies, and diabetes through more than 50 CHKD outpatient clinics. Children make approximately 250,000 visits to our outpatient clinics every year.
  • The hospital’s Emergency Department is the region’s only pediatric emergency department and Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. We provide care for patients and their families from birth to young adulthood with varied levels of severity from trauma and resuscitations to broken bones and asthma. Our collaborative team includes pediatric board-certified emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, ED techs, nursing care partners, mental health providers, pharmacists, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, respiratory therapists, and more. The emergency center handles around 60,000 visits a year.
  • CHKD’s pediatric Urgent Care Centers offer a level of care between primary care and emergency care in convenient Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, and Newport News locations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Parents can find the wait times for each center and save their spot online before heading out. CHKD’s Urgent Care Centers have about 100,000 visits annually.
  • CHKD’s unique, child-centered diagnostic services are available throughout our service region. Laboratory services are available at the main hospital and the CHKD Health Centers at Oyster Point, Burnett’s Way, Concert Drive, Oakbrooke, Loehmann’s, and Tech Center. CHKD’s lab performs almost 800,000 tests a year.
  • CHKD Radiology services are also available to families at our CHKD facilities in Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. The radiology department is a fully-integrated digital imaging center that performs more than 100,000 X-rays, fluoroscopic tests, urodynamics, bone density tests, CT, MRI scans, ultrasound, PVL, and nuclear medicine studies every year.
  • CHKD has the only pediatric outpatient renal dialysis team. Our team of skilled professionals works closely with patients and family members to ensure that children with kidney failure receive the best medical care possible.
  • The CHKD Child Advocacy Center (formerly the CHKD Child Abuse Program) provides comprehensive medical and psychosocial services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The center helps coordinate all of the interventions required to investigate and treat child abuse to prevent children from being retraumatized by this complex process. Children make approximately 4,000 visits to the program annually.
  • CHKD's Sports Medicine Program specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of sudden sports injuries, as well as those caused by chronic overuse. Major components of the program include orthopedic surgery, non-surgical sports medicine, sports medicine physical therapy, and sports performance training.
  • CHKD's Childhood Cancer Program provides care for approximately 500 local children with cancer. Cancer care at CHKD encompasses children’s physical, emotional, and educational needs and incorporates the whole family to help lessen the stress of coping with such a serious illness in a child.
  • Community-based CHKD Health Centers – offering a variety of outpatient services, including primary care, specialty medical and surgical care, and rehabilitative and diagnostic services – are located in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Newport News, and Williamsburg. CHKD Health and Surgery Centers in the Princess Anne region of Virginia Beach and the Oyster Point center in Newport News also offer the region’s only dedicated pediatric outpatient surgery centers.
  • CHKD's community outreach program offers a variety of educational programs and resources for parents, grandparents, coaches, professionals, community members, and children to support the development of healthy and happy families.
  • In response to a growing need in our community, CHKD began to expand its small outpatient mental health program in 2014. Over the past five years, that program has grown from eight licensed providers to 47. Outpatient therapy is available at locations throughout the region. In addition, CHKD received state approval to build a new, $224 million 60-bed pediatric mental health hospital and outpatient center, which is scheduled to open on the hospital’s main campus is 2022.