August 2023

What's New at CHKD?

The King's Daughters Milk Bank

Milk Bank Flyer ImageThe King’s Daughters Milk Bank at CHKD is a nonprofit, hospital-based donor milk bank with a mission to provide pasteurized donor human milk from carefully screened donors to premature and sick infants, improving their potential to survive and thrive. Our donor milk bank is the only one of its kind in Virginia and one of only 31 in the nation. It serves more than 50 hospital units from New Jersey to Florida.

Accredited and operating under the guidelines of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), The King’s Daughters Milk Bank carefully screens altruistic donors, pasteurizes pooled donations, and performs microbiological testing to ensure that the final treatments are safe and suitable for our nation’s most fragile infants.

The Milk Bank depends upon women who are willing to undergo the screening process and donate their extra milk to other babies. "Each woman's lactation period is different, but no one continues indefinitely. There is always an end point, so we are always in search of new donors," says Milk Bank director Ashlynn Baker, RN. "Right now, we are facing a critical shortage of donors and donor milk, so we're asking area physicians to help us distribute information to breastfeeding mothers about our need."

The Milk Bank has printed cards (pictured) available for providers who would be willing to place them in their waiting or exam rooms. To request a packet for your practice, please email

CMG Practices Named Patient-Centered Medical Homes

NCQA LogoChildren’s Medical Group (CMG), the primary care practices of CHKD Health System, have been recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the sixth year in a row. Practices that earn this recognition have made a commitment to provide the highest quality, patient-centered care. All 20 CMG practices across 30 locations have demonstrated continuous monitoring of quality of care with ongoing process improvement.


Physician Education and Events

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric grand rounds, sponsored by EVMS continuing medical education, are offered weekly to faculty, community faculty, residents, medical students, and other healthcare professionals. Come and learn more about different topics led by local and national clinical experts. All participants receive 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit for attending.

Grand rounds are held each Thursday, 8-9 a.m., virtually and in-person at Brickhouse Auditorium, located at 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA.

August topics include:

  • August 3: Medical Management of Withdrawal — Jeffrey Wilson, MD, from CHKD
  • August 10: Human Factors in Healthcare: Designing for Patient and Staff Safety — Laurie Wolf, PhD, from Virginia Tech
  • August 17: TBD
  • August 24: GI Jeopardy — C.W. Gowen, MD, from CHKD/EVMS
  • August 31: Divisional Jeopardy — C.W. Gowen, MD, from CHKD/EVMS

Click here for a schedule of Pediatric Grand Rounds at CHKD.

Tidewater Pediatric Society Meeting

Michael Strunc, MDThe Tidewater Pediatric Society will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at Omar’s Carriage House in Norfolk. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6 p.m.

The guest speaker will be  Dr. Michael Strunc, a child neurologist and sleep medicine physician at CHKD, who is passionate about sleep and how dysfunctional sleep affects a child and the entire family. His clinical interests include narcolepsy, sleep in special populations, and autism.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 23.

Resources for Patients and Families

Grieving and Growing: Helping Children of All Ages Cope with Change

Virtual event — Wednesday, August 16, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Learn how to understand and respond to children of all ages experiencing loss from divorce, death, deployment, adoption, foster care, or other life-changing circumstances. 

This event will not be recorded. Participants must attend live. 

How Your Parenting Personality is Helping You Shine and Holding You Back (Session One of Four)

Virtual event — Wednesday, September 13, 7–8 p.m. 

Why do parts of parenting come so easily to some people but not others? Why might you struggle with setting boundaries, self-care, playing with your child, or just deciphering where their needs end and yours begin? The key to unwrapping these challenges is identifying and understanding your parenting personality.

This event will not be recorded. Participants must attend live. 

Free Car Seat Distribution and Safety Event

Hall Toyota Virginia Beach — Monday, September 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. 

Hall, part of MileOne Autogroup, and CHKD have teamed up to make sure children are buckled up in properly installed car seats. Hall Autogroup will donate car seats to families in need while certified passenger safety technicians from CHKD educate on all aspects of car seats, including how to correctly install seats and harness children.

Pre-registration is required, and appointment times are limited. The process takes about 30-45 minutes per car seat, so please plan accordingly. 

CooPeR Saves Lives CPR Education Class

CHKD Health Center at Landstown — Tuesday, September 26, 6:30–8 p.m.

Through the generous donation of the CooPeR Saves Lives organization, CHKD is offering FREE non-certified CPR training for adult, child, and infant CPR. Skills to relieve choking as well as AED usage will also be included.

Registration is required and space is limited.