Advancing Children's Health

Child Protection Team – Treating and Preventing Child Abuse

Apr 17 2015

A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the United States. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage support for children and families. In this blog post you’ll learn more about Shamika Byars, MSN, CPNP, a Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) Child Protection Team (CPT) member who provides medical care and compassionate support for abused and neglected children. Shamika also shares insight on how we can all take part in the fight against child abuse. Q&A with Shamika Byars, certified pediatric nurse practitioner and child abuse prevention advocate What is the Child Protection Team? The Child Protection Team at CHoR is a group... View Article

Volunteer Hours Helped Define Student’s Career Path

Apr 15 2015

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we’re introducing you to Miriam Post, a 21-year-old junior at Virginia Commonwealth University. The bilingual psychology major began volunteering with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) her freshman year to meet required volunteer credit hours. Miriam’s ‘required’ time quickly turned into a love of working with children in the hospital setting, and ultimately helped define her career path towards becoming a child life specialist. From coloring in a child’s room to visiting the playroom for a round of board games, Miriam spends three hours a week making sure that kids come first at CHoR. “We look forward to Thursday mornings when Miriam volunteers,” said Heather Kinney, senior child life specialist at CHoR. “Play... View Article

In Season in Virginia: Strawberries

Apr 15 2015

Strawberries are in season in Virginia from April to June. It’s a great time to enjoy this nutrient-packed fruit and to add recipes featuring fresh strawberries to your family’s meal rotation. Delicious AND nutritious  One cup of sliced strawberries provides 163 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C (more than a whole orange), 12 Percent Daily Value of fiber and 9 Percent Daily Value of the B vitamin folate. Strawberries also contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin, which is found to protect the body against the kind of damage linked to increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Below are family favorite recipes and tips for enjoying this seasonal specialty recommended by Ashley Cappel, Registered Dietitian for CHoR’s Healthy... View Article

And the Award Goes to…

Apr 1 2015

Each year Richmond Magazine surveys doctors in Central Virginia, asking them to nominate their  ‘Top Doc’ peers. Over 60 Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) doctors were named in the 2015 ‘Top Docs’ list, and CHoR docs accounted for 75 percent of the ‘top vote getters’ in the available pediatric categories. Certified pediatric nurse practitioner, Nancy Thompson, also was honored in the April issue for ‘giving children comfort and their parents confidence in their care’. See page 103 to read more about Nurse Nancy. Do you see one of your family’s docs on the list? 2015 ‘Top Docs’ *Denotes top vote getter in category Click the doctor’s name to view their bio. Adolescent Medicine Richard Brookman *Stephanie Crewe Genetics... View Article

Sensible Snacking: Hot Topic for Healthy Eating

Mar 31 2015

One healthy eating tip dietitians often stress to families is not to let children fill up on too many snacks or sugary drinks between meals. While appropriate snack portions and healthy snack choices can boost energy levels, supply needed nutrients, and help prevent overeating during meals, too much snacking – or snacking only on items full of sugar, sodium and fat – provides unneeded calories and can lead to pickiness at mealtimes because children simply aren’t hungry when they come to the table. In honor of National Nutrition Month, CHoR’s dietitians would like to share information on sensible snacking from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” campaign. Each March, the Academy encourages Americans to return... View Article

Child Life Month – Meet Katie

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Mar 26 2015

Next up in our Child Life Month Month blog series… Meet Katie Barber, CTRS There isn’t much Katie Barber won’t do for her patients – including taking a pie to the face to help #WhipChildhoodCancer! Watch 10-year-old Thomas share a whip cream pie (topped with sprinkles!) with Katie. Q & A with Katie Q: How long have you worked at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR)? I’ve been with CHoR for over 25 years! I worked on the Brook Road Campus in recreation therapy for 16 years before comming to the ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic on the MCV Campus. Q: Why did you decide to become a child life specialist? I always knew that I wanted to... View Article

Every 3 Minutes a Child is Seen in an ER for a Sports-Related Concussion

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Mar 24 2015

CHoR is committed to educating families, caregivers and coaches about concussion symptoms and the devastating effects concussions can have – especially for children. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and we’d like to take this opportunity to encourage all of our readers to stay informed about this important health topic, this month and always. Did you know that 90 percent of most diagnosed concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness and that concussion symptoms may not appear right away? Improving care for concussions – and increasing the community’s understanding of this condition – is a focus of national efforts, educational programming and continued research. As concussions involve more behavior changes than visible physical injuries, it is especially important that... View Article

Child Life Month – Meet Chelsea

Mar 24 2015

Join us in welcoming the newest member of our child life team! Meet Chelsea Preuss, CCLS Chelsea might be a new face at CHoR, but her enthusiasm and dedication are making her well known! Personal experience It takes a special kind of person to support and advocate for children and families in the hospital. While Chelsea’s education and internship prepared her for a career in child life, her childhood experiences have provided her with invaluable insight into what patients and families go through physically, mentally and emotionally in medical situations. Chelsea was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 6-years-old. “I was in the hospital for a week during the month of July, and it was miserable knowing that... View Article

Child Life Month – Meet Kelsey

Mar 23 2015

Next up in our Child Life Month series… Meet Kelsey Williams, MS, CCLS Return to Richmond The team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is excited to have certified child life specialist, Kelsey Williams, back on campus! Kelsey completed her practicum at CHoR in July 2013 before heading to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to complete her child life internship. Kelsey’s education and clinical experience have prepared her to support families during a medical crisis, prepare children for surgery, and to just help kids be kids in the hospital. Helping the medicine go down Sometimes younger children and teens (and even adults) have difficulty swallowing pills. Like many supportive aspects of child life, helping a child learn to... View Article

Child Life Month – Meet Heather

Mar 22 2015

Next up in our Child Life Month series we’re introducing you to a child life specialist who has been a part of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) team for nearly two decades. Meet Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST During March, we celebrate team members like Heather, a senior child life specialist at CHoR who spends her time helping children and their families cope with the different health challenges and experiences they’re facing. Her passion for children and inspiring dedication is the reason many of her patients have decided they want to be child life specialists when they grow up. A day in the life of a certified child life specialist can take many forms. Some days are full of... View Article