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  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

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    By Tiffany Kimbrough, MD, pediatric resident I recently had the pleasure of attending a career fair at Fairfield Middle School in Henrico, Virginia, where over 600 7th and 8th graders were eager to learn more about becoming a doctor. The fair was held in their gymnasium, with booth after booth of professionals touting the “awesomeness” of their jobs. From chef to pharmacist, lawyer to police officer, nurse to doctor, there were a lot of careers for the students to learn more about. While Dr. Michelle Russ (pediatric resident) and I were setting up for the event, I could not help thinking about the last time I was in a school gym. The bells ringing, signaling that you were running late to…
  • CHoR’s NICU Earns Beacon Award for Excellence

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    Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the first NICU in Virginia to receive the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The Beacon Award recognizes individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. As one of only five NICUs in the country to receive this honor, CHoR is proud to be among nationally-recognized providers like Children’s Hospital Boston and Miami Children’s Hospital. CHoR’s NICU achieved the highest designation possible, gold-level status. “It is an honor that our unit received this acknowledgement,” said Sharon Cone, PhD, nurse manager of CHoR’s NICU. “CHoR’s NICU staff is committed to excellence, always going above and beyond to ensure…
  • From Garden to Table: Growing Healthy Families

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    Vegetable gardens are popping up more and more in our schools and communities, and for good reason. Gardening is an enjoyable way to expose children to different types of vegetables. Plus, the more children are involved in the growing and harvesting of healthy foods, the more likely they are to choose them at mealtime. There are many possibilities for growing your own healthy foods right at home, even in a small space. Ashley Cappel, a registered dietician for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Health Lifestyles Center, shares some of her ideas. Container gardening is easy and cheap, and you don’t need to buy fancy pots. Try old coffee canisters or hanging baskets – just make sure there are holes…
  • Welcome to the Team, CHoR Residents of 2014!

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    Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is proud to announce our new 2014 residents! This year’s applicant pool was extremely competitive with United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores at or above the national average. In fact, the 2014 resident matches broke the record for USMLE scores, marking an all-time high for CHoR’s program. "With every year, the pediatric residency match becomes even more competitive than the last,” said Dr. Suzanne Lavoie, pediatric residency program director and chief of infectious diseases at CHoR. “I am continually impressed by the success our residents have already achieved before they even have a chance to walk in our door. Already breaking records, the 2014 residents have proven they’re no exception. I know…
  • Career Day: Child Life Specialists

    While many young children dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, ballerinas and astronauts, those who encounter people like Heather Kinney, CCLS, CPST during their stay in the hospital often develop heroes of a different kind. During March, we celebrate heroes like Heather, a senior child life specialist at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (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 grow up and be a child life specialist just like Heather.Heather’s own desire to become a child life specialist developed in high school when her youth group worked…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Dental Clinic

    When children and families enter the Dental Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR’s) Brook Road Campus, they are immediately greeted by the receptionist peering out of the ‘submarine porthole’ window. The child-friendly Dental Clinic is specifically designed to make children feel as comfortable and safe as possible from the moment they enter, until to the moment they leave. “Our dental team works hard to calm children by explaining procedures in terms that they can understand,” said Donna Palmer, RN, dental services clinical coordinator on the Brook Road Campus. “Our little patients enjoy holding the ‘tooth mirror’ and learning the proper way to clean their teeth. Many of our patients have formed special bonds with the staff, and…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Bon Air Therapy Center

    From the big bright physical therapy gym filled with colorful balls and weights, to the ladders and plush mats children can “play” on during fun physical therapy sessions, the environment at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Bon Air Therapy Center is welcoming, child-friendly and cheerful. The  Bon Air Therapy Center provides psychology services as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy. Services range from voice therapy and the treatment of sports-related injuries to addressing gross motor skills. Children receive a comprehensive evaluation and an individualized treatment plan. “Treatment plans often require multiple therapy visits a week,” said Pat Stevens, Bon Air Therapy Center manager. “Community therapy centers like Bon Air provide a convenient neighborhood location for families. CHoR…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Transitional Care Unit

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    Sometimes a child's ongoing health condition requires both medical and nursing care, and special equipment or services. The Tranistional Care Unit (TCU) at CHoR’s Brook Road Campus provides a friendly, supportive and comfortable environment for both children and their families. From the moment you enter the unit, you know this is a place just for kids! “Montana is 11-years-old and has been a resident at CHoR’s TCU for seven years,” said his mom, Mary Beth. “Montana has multiple medical needs that require the level of nursing care he receives in the TCU. Cognitively speaking he is at the level of an 8-month-old. It’s incredibly difficult as a mother to know that your child is receiving the best care by allowing…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center

    From registered dieticians and interactive cooking classes to the exercise specialists and fun teen support groups, CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center, a comprehensive pediatric obesity treatment and research center, could easily be mistaken for a fun community recreation center. With 1 in 3 U.S. kids considered overweight or obese, childhood obesity is not only detrimental to a child’s health, causing issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but it can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center aims to stem the rising tide of childhood obesity by promoting healthy weight management, eating, exercise and lifestyle habits that can last a lifetime. “The longer unhealthy habits persist, the harder it becomes to change the behavior,…
  • Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Children’s Feeding Program

    Virtual Tour: CHoR’s Children’s Feeding Program
    Follow 10-year-old Jake on a virtual tour of the Feeding Program at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR’s) Brook Road Campus. The bright and colorful spaces, ocean themed halls and pediatric focused equipment are specifically designed to meet the specific needs of children. Whether a child has a medical, behavioral or developmental problem that hinders their ability to eat normally, CHoR’s friendly interdisciplinary team of pediatric specialists is dedicated to help each child overcome feeding issues and establish good habits. “The Feeding Program and the team at CHoR have been such a blessing in our lives. Learning to overcome food anxiety has changed my 5-year-old son Conor’s life both socially and emotionally,” said Shannon, Conor’s Mother. “With help from…