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Recent News Releases and Stories

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Contact: Elizabeth Earley at Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org or (757) 668-9049

CHKD Medical Group Welcomes New Pediatrician

Dr. Sara Smith, Suffolk PediatricsSUFFOLK, Va. – CHKD Medical Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Sara Smith to Suffolk Pediatrics in Suffolk, Virginia.

Dr. Smith grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.

She completed her master's of health science in reproductive and cancer biology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and then earned her medical degree at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Smith did her residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has been working in the emergency department at CHKD as a chief resident since 2020.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Smith to Suffolk Pediatrics and the CHKD Medical Group.

Dr. Sara Smith pictured right.

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CHKD Medical Group is part of the not-for-profit CHKD Health System, which operates Virginia’s only freestanding children’s hospital, along with surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers, and satellite offices throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. CHKD Medical Group operates 20 pediatric practices in 31 locations. For more information, click here.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Contact: Elizabeth Earley at Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org or (757) 668-9049

Local Walmarts and Sam's Clubs Raise Funds for CHKD Programs

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Hampton Roads Walmart and Sam’s Club stores raised over $285,000 during this year’s annual campaign to help kids treated at CHKD. Customers and members donated $1 or more at checkout lanes and self-checkouts at Walmart stores or Sam’s Clubs in Hampton Roads in June and July.

The annual campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raised money for children’s hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.

Funds from the local annual campaign support radiology for CHKD kids. This year, the local Walmart and Sam’s Club stores also supported two other CHKD programs, a Child Advocacy Center program that helps children who are victims of child trafficking, and support services for our hematology and oncology patients.

Pediatric healthcare is underfunded across the country, and money raised at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores helps close the gap for pediatric hospitals. All funds raised at Hampton Roads Walmart and Sam’s Club locations directly benefit the kids treated at CHKD.

You can still help make a difference by donating now at HelpKidsLiveHealthy.org.

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About CHKD

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. In 2019, CHKD broke ground on a 60-bed, 14-story mental health hospital and outpatient center on its campus to address the mental health crisis facing our youth. The new tower being built on CHKD’s campus in Norfolk is scheduled to open in 2022.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support and identify your member hospital at CMNHospitals.org.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Contact: Elizabeth Earley at (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Welcomes Child Psychologist to Mental Health Program

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – We’re pleased to welcome Jennifer Moran, PsyD, to CHKD’s mental health program.

Jennifer Moran, PsyD - CHKD Mental Health ProgramShe is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in providing therapy and assessment services to children, adolescents, and families. She grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and came to Virginia Beach for her pre-doctoral internship.

Jennifer Moran’s clinical experience includes diverse treatment settings, such as schools, hospitals, community health centers, and university-based counseling and assessment centers. Her work in school settings has given her experience conducting psychological and psychoeducational assessments, providing behavioral and academic consultation, and helping families understand school-related challenges and services, including the special education process.

Please join us in welcoming psychologist Jennifer Moran.

Jennifer Moran, PsyD, pictured right.

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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. In 2019, CHKD broke ground on a 60-bed, 14-story mental health hospital and outpatient center on its campus to address the mental health crisis facing our youth. The new tower being built on CHKD’s campus in Norfolk is scheduled to open in 2022.

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Monday, August 16, 2021
Contact: Elizabeth Earley at (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Medical Group Welcomes New Pediatrician

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – CHKD Medical Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Christina Neeley to Coastal Pediatrics in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Dr. Neeley grew up in South Carolina and attended medical school at Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her residency at Carolinas Medical Center.

Dr. Neeley has been a pediatrician for more than 20 years. The most important and rewarding aspect of her work, Dr. Neeley says, is getting to know her patients and their families and developing a team approach to their healthcare and well-being. Those relationships are the key to helping children and families reach optimal milestones in all areas of their lives.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Neeley to CHKD Medical Group.

Dr. Christina Neeley - Coastal Pediatrics

Dr. Christina Neeley pictured above.

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CHKD Medical Group is part of the not-for-profit CHKD Health System, which operates Virginia’s only freestanding children’s hospital, along with surgical practices, multi-service health centers, urgent care centers, and satellite offices throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern North Carolina. CHKD Medical Group operates 20 pediatric practices in 31 locations. For more information, click here.

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Friday, August 13, 2021
Contact: Elizabeth Earley at (757) 668-9049 or Elizabeth.Earley@CHKD.org

CHKD Welcomes Two New Doctors

NORFOLK, Va. – We’re pleased to welcome a new pediatric hematologist-oncologist to CHKD, and also a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor.

Dr. Kevin Todd - hematology and oncologyDr. Kevin Todd, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, completed his medical school and residency training in Hampton Roads at Eastern Virginia Medical School and CHKD.

He returns having completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where he focused his clinical and research efforts on bleeding and clotting disorders in children.

Even before he became a doctor, CHKD had a special place in his heart because his brother was born with trisomy 21, also known as Down syndrome, and received treatment at CHKD. "I have been inspired as a sibling, parent, and trainee at CHKD, and I’m ecstatic to serve as a partner alongside the tremendous staff that makes CHKD so phenomenal,” says Dr. Todd.

Dr. Kevin Todd pictured right.

Dr. Dana Dasher - physical medicine and rehabilitationDr. Dana Bartlett Dasher is a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor who received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Richmond.

She attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed her intern year in general surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Dasher returned to EVMS for her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Dasher has dedicated her career to the field of pediatric rehabilitation medicine by completing a specialized fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Todd and Dr. Dasher.

Dr. Dana Dasher pictured left.

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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. In 2019, CHKD broke ground on a 60-bed, 14-story mental health hospital and outpatient center on its campus to address the mental health crisis facing our youth. The new tower being built on CHKD’s campus in Norfolk is scheduled to open in 2022.

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