Advancing Children's Health

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

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

Meet Carter, our March calendar kid

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Mar 15 2016

Carter Dean Rath was born with a defect in his abdominal wall known as gastroschisis. This condition can cause problems with a baby’s intestines, stomach and liver and requires special care from a team of experts. A team that Carter’s mom Maggie found right here in Richmond at CHoR. Carter spent nine months in the neonatal intensive care unit and underwent surgery to correctly position his affected organs and surgically close the opening in his belly. Now an energetic soccer-and-baseball-loving 4-year-old, Carter continues to receive care and support from specialists at CHoR for issues related to his shortened small intestine, which is a result of the surgery to repair his birth defect. Carter comes frequently for appointments and is one of... 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