Advancing Children's Health

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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