NORFOLK, Va. – United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore has donated $3,500 to CHKD’s mobile intensive care program that transports patients from other hospitals to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for lifesaving care.

The team of a registered nurse, respiratory therapist, and paramedic begins treatment right away with child-specific equipment that is the same quality found in the hospital. The team is projected to make 2,000 transports of children in the coming year, many of whom live on the Eastern Shore. In an emergency, every second matters, so this specialized pediatric care is critical.

The availability of the transport team allows community hospitals to refer patients to CHKD when a child needs a higher level of care than they can provide. The pediatric expertise and child-sized equipment and supplies provide a level of care and comfort that is unique to CHKD. Also, CHKD’s transport team is the only one in the region equipped to transport premature newborns who may have life-threatening conditions, illnesses or injuries.

CHKD’s transport team is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to meet the needs of children who are critically ill or injured. “We are grateful for support of the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to assist our efforts,” says CHKD CEO Amy Sampson. “This service is a vital lifeline for our Eastern Shore families.”

News Release - United Way of the Eastern Shore Donation - CHKD Transport

CHKD’s transport team is available 24/7 to transfer pediatric patients from outlying area facilities to CHKD in specially designed mobile intensive care unit ambulances.

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CHKD is the only freestanding, full-service, 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 2022, CHKD opened the 14-story Children’s Pavilion on its campus to address the mental health crisis facing our youth.