NORFOLK, Va. – Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund has donated the first $100,000 of a five-year, $500,000 donation to support a mental health initiative at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. 

The Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund partners with children’s hospitals across the country, with regional Howard Hanna Real Estate offices raising donations for their local hospital. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Howard Hanna’s southeast region, the organization presented CHKD with a check of over $100,000 early this month, with more payments planned during the next four years.

The generous donation will support CHKD’s transformative Children’s Pavilion, a 14-story tower currently under construction on the same Norfolk campus as its main hospital. The building will have 60 private inpatient beds for psychiatric treatment that will begin opening later this year. Children’s Pavilion, located on Gresham Drive, will also feature healing amenities like creative expression spaces for music and art therapy, an indoor gym, and a rooftop recreation center where hospitalized children can get exercise and fresh air.

The new building will open to some services this spring, including a pediatric practice, sports medicine, and outpatient mental health care. The goal is to provide an environment that integrates access to mental health services into other routine services in order to de-stigmatize the identification and treatment of psychiatric conditions within the pediatric population. Inpatient services will begin later in the year.

To learn more about the mental health initiative, visit this Lighting the Way link


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 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. Learn more at