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Preparing for surgery as a family

Adorable little doctor
Apr 12 2017

Surgery can cause anxiety for both children and parents, particularly when experiencing it for the first time. Child Life Specialist Siri Bream has some preparation tips to help everyone face the day with confidence. How can parents prepare? The best thing you can do as a parent is educate yourself first. Ask questions of the health care team so you feel like you have a good understanding of what to expect. Talking with your child Be honest when talking with your child about an upcoming surgery and explain it in a way that they will understand. Listen to your child’s questions to see if they have any misconceptions so you can help alleviate these fears. You know your child, so... View Article

Social media safety tips for the health care setting and beyond

A happy, young female patient with a medical bracelet takes a self portrait on her mobile phone while she waits for a doctor in an examination room at a hospital.  British Columbia, Canada
Apr 7 2017

Social media has made it easier than ever to connect with friends and family. It has also opened new doors for people with ill intentions to take advantage of others. Whether it’s your baby’s first doctor’s appointment or celebration after a successful therapy visit, be mindful of what you share online to protect your child’s private health information. When you’re in the hospital or another health care setting, there are some specific guidelines to keep in mind prior to posting on social media. Be sure that there are no other patients in the background of photos. This is an important privacy consideration. Ask health care team members for their permission before including them in photos. For your safety and privacy,... View Article

‘Top Docs’ for kids in our community

Apr 6 2017

Each year Richmond magazine asks doctors in Central Virginia to nominate fellow ‘Top Docs’ in the region. In 2016, 63 Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU docs were recognized. This year 68 of our physicians and surgeons made the list, with a representative in every pediatric category of the survey. The magazine named ‘Top Docs’ across 90 categories. Pick up a copy of the April issue  to view the full list. “It is exciting to see the number of CHoR ‘Top Docs’ increase as we grow and strengthen our bench of pediatric physicians and surgeons,” said Jeniece Roane, interim vice president of Children’s Services at CHoR. “You’ll see many familiar faces on the list and a number of our new and bright junior faculty.” “We... View Article

Helping your anxious child

Apr 1 2017

Dealing with an anxious, distressed child can be one of the most heart-wrenching experiences for a parent. And while your instinct may be to be protective and minimize a child’s distress, doing this can actually worsen their anxiety in the long term. Helping children to understand anxiety – and encouraging them to face their fears – can be a much more effective approach, according to childhood anxiety expert Dr. Jaee Bodas. Here’s more from Dr. Bodas on childhood anxiety and this positive approach: Break the cycle of anxiety When a child is scared of going to school, they may exhibit anxious behaviors such as crying, screaming and pleading to stay home. When parents then allow the child to stay home, the child’s... View Article

Bullying: How parents can help

Pensive hispanic little boy looking through a window
Mar 28 2017

Though bullying has gained significant attention in recent years, it continues to rear its ugly head in schools and social settings nationwide. Targets of bullying are often those who don’t feel they can stand up to the injustice, so they attempt to ignore it. Unfortunately, bullies see this as an invitation to keep piling on the grief. Why do children bully? Bullying behavior stems from a sense of inadequacy and wanting control, which is transferred to the victim. Some bullies are depressed and angry and project this onto others whom they perceive as weaker. Frequently, children who become bullies were once bullied themselves. Signs of bullying Children do not always share verbally that they’re being bullied. They tend to react... View Article

CHoR set to welcome new class of pediatric residents

Mar 24 2017

Less than a month following VCU Health’s recognition with the DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award for exceptional medical education, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) proudly announces its incoming class of pediatric and med-peds residents. These future pediatricians will join the CHoR team in June for continued and comprehensive hands-on education. “By choosing to complete their residencies at CHoR, these talented individuals will experience tremendous opportunity in the field of pediatric medicine,” says Dr. Suzanne Lavoie, director of the pediatric residency program and infectious diseases specialist at CHoR. “They will have exposure to clinical settings from level 1 trauma to primary, specialty and subspeciality care with some of the nation’s leading experts, all in a supportive and collaborative environment.”... View Article

Celebrating one year in the new Children’s Pavilion

Mar 21 2017

The opening of the Children’s Pavilion marked a milestone in advancing children’s health and helped meet the growing need for coordinated outpatient services in our community. We’re celebrating the kids and families who have benefited from the Pavilion in just one year, and the exciting advancements to come. Meet Caroline, a cancer survivor and Children’s Pavilion patient who aspires to be the next Ellen! Watch as Caroline gives patients, families and team members ONE word to describe ONE year in the Pavilion!

VCU Health earns national recognition for training of future physicians

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Mar 14 2017

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has presented VCU Health with the second annual DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr. Award. This award recognizes institutions with accredited residency and fellowship programs that are exemplary in providing a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and the delivery of patient care.   At Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, we are excited to be a part of VCU Health, an academic medical center that is dedicated to providing exceptional medical education. –Dr. Suzanne Lavoie, director of the pediatric residency program and infectious diseases specialist at CHoR Sixty sites from across the nation were invited to submit applications for the award based on how they teach physicians in residency training about professionalism and foster... View Article

Families find peace in new room thanks to Willow Tree Foundation

Mar 9 2017

On March 3, 2013, Cindy and Owen Wyatt were told that their three-year-old son, Logan, had a malignant tumor in his brain. Exactly four years later, they found themselves back at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for a very different reason. On the anniversary of their son’s diagnosis, they celebrated the opening of a room designed to offer peace and tranquility for families. The room is located on the pediatric acute care unit of Main Hospital, 7th Floor, and was made possible by the Wyatt’s foundation, Willow Tree Foundation. Thankfully, Logan’s treatment was successful and he continues to be in remission. Cindy and Owen remember all too well, however, what the days, weeks and months were like in the midst... View Article

Suicide prevention: Know the warning signs and how to help

Mar 8 2017

Childhood and the teen years are challenging under the best of circumstances. Additional stressors (family problems, bullying, trauma, sexual or gender identity issues, etc.), along with depression and anxiety, could result in thoughts of suicide or even a suicide attempt – and this is not at all rare. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among children and adolescents. It’s important for all parents, teachers, caregivers, etc. to be aware of the facts, the warning signs/risk factors and how to help. In the article below, Dr. Aradhana “Bela” Sood, child and adolescent psychiatrist at our Virginia Treatment Center for Children, expands upon suicide prevention information provided by the VTCC to highlight what every parent and caregiver needs to know about this... View Article