Advancing Children's Health

How an aquarium pet became a scientific star in childhood cancer research

Jul 7 2016

Q&A with Seth Corey, new chief of hematology and oncology, on the role of zebrafish in medical research and more Seth Corey, MD, MPH, joined Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and VCU Massey Cancer Center in October 2015 as the chief of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation. He is also the inaugural Children’s Hospital Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research, which is funded by a large grant from Children’s Hospital Foundation and a gift from Connor’s Heroes. Additionally, he is the co-leader of Massey’s Cancer Molecular Genetics research program and a professor of pediatrics and microbiology/immunology at the VCU School of Medicine. A board-certified pediatric oncologist and cancer researcher, Corey specializes in leukemias, bone... View Article

Kids Come First Files:
Caring for the whole family

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Jul 3 2016

Our latest Kids Come First Files post comes from Heather, a mom who remembers her daughter’s most recent hospital stay as a “scary, yet comforting time because of the staff members who were involved” in the care of her entire family. While Heather’s oldest daughter Layla was receiving care for kidney complications, her youngest was celebrating her third birthday. Dear Dr. Rubin, I had called and left you a message, but wanted to put in writing, my utmost compliments to Dr. Bunchman, his nurses (Jan and Jules), and the pediatric department inpatient staff at wonderful Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. My family and I are used to receiving care from a teaching hospital as we are natives of Morgantown. Before our move to Virginia we were always patients at WVU Hospital where we always received... View Article

Baby, you’re a firework

beautiful colorful firework
Jul 1 2016

By Dr. Evan Silverstein, CHoR pediatric eye expert July 4th is just a few days away… and that means, FIREWORKS! Attending professional fireworks is a great way to celebrate our nation’s independence, but setting off fireworks at home can be dangerous. As a pediatric ophthalmologist, I see eye injuries in children and adults every year from fireworks, and most of them are very preventable. Some injuries can be as devastating as a ruptured globe of the eye, which can cause lifelong blindness. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission‘s 2014 report about injuries from fireworks estimated 10,500 fireworks injuries were treated in US hospitals. Nearly 35 percent of these injuries occurred in children younger than 15 years and 19 percent of all injuries involved the eyes. Prevent... View Article

Meet Liam, Our June Calendar Kid

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Jun 24 2016

“Even when he’s not feeling his best, Liam still manages to smile or say something to make those around him smile,” says Tamara Neiderer, the CHoR team member who nominated Liam for our 2016 TidBits Calendar. Tamara is a certified occupational therapy assistant and part of the Feeding Program team that helped Liam develop the skills he needed to eat by mouth. Liam was a micro preemie and, because of many medical complications, he developed an aversion to anything or anyone coming near his mouth including food. According to his mom Shannon, when Liam began day patient feeding therapy last summer he was completely dependent on his feeding tube for nutrition. “Liam spent two months with the fabulous Feeding Program... View Article

Today is ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day…
One simple question has the power to save a life

Three multi-ethnic children enjoying sidewalk chalk in residential driveway.
Jun 21 2016

A gun, found by a child, can change lives forever in just a few moments. On ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day, June 21, parents are reminded how important it is to ask other parents and caregivers if there is a gun in the home where their child is going to play. One-third of households with children under age 17 have a gun in the home, so it is highly likely that at some point your child will visit a home where guns are present. All parents  need to be comfortable asking if there are guns in the homes their children visit and, if so, whether the guns and ammunition are safely locked and stored. These questions have the power to save... View Article

Safer jumping: Important trampoline safetytips

Jun 17 2016

  Visiting a trampoline park is a popular activity for indoor active fun on a hot summer day, but safety needs to be a priority as broken bones and other serious injuries can occur during trampoline use. In the article below, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Joanna Horstmann shares important information about safety precautions and related risks: Not recommended for home use Did you know… the trampoline was originally invented as a specialized tool designed to train gymnasts, acrobats and military pilots? During the last two decades, trampoline use has become more popular as a recreational activity. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautions families against home use of trampolines and suggests safety precautions for commercial jump parks. “One at a... View Article

New Virginia Treatment Center for Children receives Behavioral Healthcare Design Award

May 27 2016

We “topped out” our new Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) on April 13, marking the placement of the facility’s last steel beam and the beginning of construction for the exterior framing of the main building. Scheduled to open fall 2017 on the Brook Road Campus, this new pediatric mental health facility is already being recognized for its innovative patient-focused design. The VTCC was the only project honored with an Award of Merit in Behavioral Healthcare’s 2016 Design Showcase competition. The Award of Merit is their most prestigious award for projects representing outstanding innovative design solutions in new or renovated health and human services facilities. “The Behavioral Healthcare Design Award is a reflection of the multidisciplinary collaboration between physicians, nurses, patient advocates, designers, behavioral... View Article

Kangaroo-a-thon: Celebrating the benefits of Kangaroo Care

May 15 2016

CHoR is proud to be part of VCU Medical Center, a designated “Baby-Friendly” Hospital recognized along with less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals for providing an exceptional level of attention to newborn feeding and mother-baby bonding. One of the many ways CHoR supports and encourages newborn feeding and bonding is by promoting Kangaroo Care during the first hours and days of a newborn’s life and throughout an infant’s stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). May 15th kicks off International Kangaroo Care Awareness Week and we are joining the worldwide effort to educate families about this important technique. Our team will celebrate and promote Kangaroo Care this week during a special Kangaroo-a-thon. Each NICU family will receive a... View Article

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Know when to seek help

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May 5 2016

This month, CHoR joins organizations nationwide to raise awareness and build understanding of mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, held annually in May, and National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day which is May 5, 2016.  Did you know… one in five children experiences mental illness, but only 25 percent of those children actually receive the treatment they need. When problems emerge that cannot be handled within your support group or the pediatrician’s office, seeking help from a child mental health professional is important. Below is an overview of mental health conditions that can benefit from professional help. Your pediatrician can assist with the referral to a child psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker.  Depression Depression is an illness that can... View Article

Clinical Trials Awareness Week celebrates medical innovations of today and the treatments of tomorrow

Henry Rozycki   Pediatrics
May 2 2016

The week of May 2, 2016 marks the second annual Clinical Trials Awareness Week. During this week, national and local patient advocacy organizations, medical societies, research institutions and others join the Coalition for Clinical Trial Awareness to raise public awareness about the benefits of clinical trials. As part of an academic medical center, CHoR recognizes the important contributions of the many clinical trial researchers and participants here and at other institutions who have made new and innovative treatments a reality for patients worldwide. To help raise awareness and educate families about research and clinical trials, CHoR’s Vice Chair for Clinical Research Dr. Henry Rozycki put together the following checklist of questions for parents considering enrolling their child in a clinical... View Article