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Edward A. "Buzz" Heidt, Jr. Chairs CHKD Health System Board of Directors

Ridgely Ingersoll, (757) 668-9087

NORFOLK, VA, August 18, 2015 --- Edward A. "Buzz" Heidt, Jr., Chair and CEO of The Penrod Company, was elected Chair of the CHKD Health System Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2015. The CHS Board of Directors provides governance for the health system.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Heidt in this crucial leadership position," says Jim Dahling, President and CEO of CHKD Health System. "I have no doubt that his unique combination of knowledge, intelligence and commitment to our mission will strengthen our efforts today and our capabilities in the future."

In addition to his leadership in the private sector, Heidt has substantial experience in the administration of charitable organizations. He is a former Vice-Chairman of the American Red Cross Board of Governors and represents the American Red Cross on the Geneva-based Governing Board of the International Federations of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which oversees the charity's worldwide operations.

Heidt also has a strong legacy of service and support to local charitable organizations, including CHKD. Before joining the CHKD Health System Board in 2011, he chaired the Health System's Foundation Board, which manages contributions from CHKD donors and funds hospital programs and services.

Heidt succeeds John Lawson, who will remain on CHKD's Board of Directors after completing a four-year tenure as chair in June.

CHKD is Virginia's only freestanding children’s hospital and the heart of a comprehensive pediatric healthcare network that serves the medical and surgical needs of more than 450,000 children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.