Advancing Children's Health

And the award goes to…
2016 ‘Top Docs’

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Apr 18 2016

Each year Richmond magazine surveys doctors in Central Virginia, asking them to nominate the doctors they consider to be “Top Docs” in our region. Once again, more than 60 Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) doctors were named in the “Top Docs” list. Fun fact: CHoR had more pediatric doctors nominated than any other hospital in our community. Do you see one of your family’s doctors on the list? See what our Facebook friends say about our ‘Top Docs’. 2016 ‘Top Docs’ *Denotes doctor who received the most votes in category. Click the doctor’s name to view their bio. Adolescent Medicine Richard Brookman Stephanie Crewe* Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Alexis Aplasca Neil Sonenklar General Pediatrics Sean McKenna* Niran (Romesh) Wijesooriya Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Jenny... View Article

ABCs of occupational therapy

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Apr 11 2016

The therapy world can often be full of unfamiliar vocabulary, especially when it comes to child development. In honor of April, Occupational Therapy Month,  members of our occupational therapy team put together a list of terms that can help clarify some of the many components that contribute to a child’s development, as they learn and experience the world around them, and provide parents of children who are undergoing a therapy program with the tools to communicate confidently with their child’s care team.  Adaptive response – An action that responds to information from the environment in an appropriate and successful manner. Adaptive responses are the goal of sensory integration, and allow the child to learn and interact safely and appropriately. For example, an adaptive response to... View Article

Meet Peyton, our April calendar kid

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Apr 1 2016

Six-year-old t-ball star Peyton Taylor says her favorite Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHOR) memory is getting her asthma under control, so it’s fitting that she was chosen to be pictured with an article on managing asthma for an active life in CHoR’s 2016 Tidbits calendar. Before coming to CHoR’s pulmonary medicine team in 2014, Peyton’s asthma attacks were so frequent that she was in the emergency room or doctor’s office at least once a month. She also coughed so much at night that she couldn’t sleep. Her mom, Linda, said Peyton “would cough a lot and gasp for breath” and was frequently prescribed medications to reduce the inflammation in her airways. But within a week of meeting Dr. Michael S.... View Article

Broken bones:
How do you know when it’s more than just a bump or bruise?

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Mar 30 2016

With their active lifestyles, kids are frequently taking tumbles and injuring themselves as they run, climb and play. Broken bones, or fractures, are common in childhood, but not every fall results in a broken bone. How do you know when it’s more than just a bump or bruise and when to take your child in to see the doctor? In the article below, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Victoria Kuester outlines what parents need to know about the signs of a broken bone and when to seek medical care. Signs of a fracture Broken bones are most common in the upper and lower extremities (limbs). The upper extremities include the arms, elbows, wrists and fingers and the lower extremities include the legs,... View Article

President’s post: Ushering in the future of children’s health

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Mar 9 2016

Content originally posted on President’s posts. This afternoon, we cut the ribbon on the long-awaited Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Children’s Pavilion, an outpatient pediatric specialty care clinic at Broad and 11th streets. In doing so, we did more than celebrate the opening of an impressive and beautiful new building; we ushered in the future of children’s health. Bar none, VCU’s new Children’s Pavilion is the most advanced outpatient center for children in our region. It is a landmark facility for Central Virginia that re-enforces the fact that VCU has a premier medical center on par with the best anywhere in the nation. The new Pavilion is an oasis for children and their families, a safe, welcoming and convenient... View Article

Meet Emma, our February Calendar Kid

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Feb 25 2016

Six-year-old Emma Blair says she’s “happy to bring a smile to others” as the featured patient for the month of February in CHoR’s 2016 Tid*Bits calendar. Photographed in a lab coat to illustrate a research-themed article, Emma says her favorite part of the experience was watching staff make “potions” for the beakers she held in the picture. “It was so much fun,” she says. “I love smiling for the camera.” Emma is an enthusiastic first grader at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Richmond. Art and religion are her favorite subjects, but she says she likes science a lot too and is currently learning “about the stages of life in nature” in her science class. At home she likes to spend... View Article

Heart month: Caring for children’s hearts

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Feb 22 2016

Within months after Henry Johnson moved to Richmond, specialists from the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center at CHoR discovered the severity of his heart condition and were able to surgically repair his four heart defects. Henry, who once tired easily when walking or moving, is now a two-year-old “ball of energy.” Heart defects are the most common type of birth defect, occurring in about one in 100 live births. As we celebrate this heart-themed month, and patients like Henry, we also celebrate the important milestones in pediatric heart care that make life-changing stories possible – including the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center which was established just over one a year ago. The Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center advances pediatric heart... View Article

Tour de CHoR: Take a virtual tour of the new Children’s Pavilion!

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Feb 16 2016

The grand opening of our new outpatient Children’s Pavilion is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! The Children’s Pavilion will consolidate outpatient services under one roof. Everything from clinics and diagnostic testing to same-day surgery and dialysis. The Pavilion experience is designed to be convenient, while providing a welcoming environment for children to find healing, hope and happiness. The Pavilion is stacked with features created with families in mind, like 600 parking spaces, a Sibling Center, and an outdoor Sky Terrace. But change always requires a little adjustment, and with the excitement of opening a new Children’s Pavilion may come some anxiety about how to get around. We’ve created a special... View Article

Emotional health: Promote self-expression through art journaling

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Jan 31 2016

Scared? Stressed? Sad? Emotions can be overwhelming when faced with life-changing events like illness, death of a loved one or trauma, or even the ups and downs of daily life. For a young person, emotions are a relatively new experience and can be intense. Channeling these feelings can be tough and even viewed as something to avoid. Among other benefits, art journaling can help children and teens better understand their emotions and help them de-stress (or let go of intense emotions). The act of creating has been proven to reduce physical and emotional effects of illnesses and to encourage self-expression, communication, social interactions and self-discovery. Pablo Picasso once said: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life... View Article

Kids Come First Files:
The other side of the stethoscope

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Jan 25 2016

The latest addition to the Kids Come First files comes from two physicians who recently found themselves on the other side of the stethoscope when their daughter needed comprehensive care from a team of pediatric immunology experts. Dear Dr. Rubin, One of the burdens of your job must be to receive complaints and critiques regarding organizational problems and patient care concerns. Thankfully, this letter contains neither. Rather, we are writing to thank you for the excellent care our daughter has received from Drs. Ward and Irani in the pediatric immunology clinic, and the deep gratitude we feel for having access to the professional and caring staff at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. We have been impressed not only with... View Article