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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

Combat colds: Simple steps to stop the spread of infection & relieve symptoms

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Mar 6 2017

Despite the warm weather we’ve had recently, it’s still cold and flu season. While a child can catch a cold any time of the year, many consider the winter months to be a peak time for colds. Children typically spend more time indoors during colder months which means they have many more opportunities for passing around germs. More than 200 viruses are known to cause the common cold and these infections spread through the air and through close personal contact. Teaching children proper hand washing is key to reducing germs. Here’s more about this technique and other steps you can take to limit the spread of infection and help relieve cold symptoms. Hand washing and other techniques that help combat... View Article

Reading aloud with little ones

Mar 1 2017

Reading with an adult should be a fun and wonderful experience for a child, and time spent reading together is about more than just the written words and pictures. Reading with a child is a special time to bond and books provide a great opportunity for language development. Books allow children to travel to new places and provide exposure to new vocabulary, ideas and people. The Children’s Reading Foundation suggests that parents read with their children for at least 20 minutes a day. But with little ones new to reading, or with those who are wiggly and often on the move, this can feel like a daunting task. As soon as sharing a book together becomes something you have to make... View Article

One year later: Look at Kai’Ayshia now

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Feb 14 2017

It’s been nearly a year since Kai’Ayshia Johnson’s last surgery. In that time the bright and cheerful child started school and celebrated her fifth birthday – two milestones for which she and her family are tremendously grateful. Kai’Ayshia still comes to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) for monthly check-ups with her specialists and takes medicine to keep her clotting under control. Thankfully, these days she spends the majority of her time doing the things she loves most – dancing, playing, shopping with Mommy and making friends wherever she goes. The little girl who overcame all odds and woke up requesting ice cream for breakfast surely enjoys a healthy share of frozen treats as well! “Her being happy is a... View Article

Meet Marquise, our February 2017 Calendar Kid

Feb 2 2017

Marquise Brown’s relationship with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is truly a family affair. Among other long-time connections, our February 2017 Calendar Kid sees the very same CHoR pediatrician that his mom Kiara saw throughout her childhood. Pediatrician Dr. Linda Meloy has provided care to members of the Brown family for nearly 20 years. “She’s always been awesome,” Kiara’s mom, Raquel, says. “Dr. Meloy is so nice and friendly. She’s easy to talk to and remembers stuff about my kids and what they’re doing – extracurricular and all. I can’t say enough about how wonderful she is.” Lisa Ripp, a registered nurse in CHoR’s primary care clinic, has a similar long-time association with the Browns. Kiara fondly remembers Lisa... View Article

The many benefits of infant massage

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Feb 1 2017

The ancient art of infant massage has been practiced for centuries by cultures around the world and is one of the earliest stimuli a parent can provide for their infant. By using simple massage strokes, you can enhance your role as a parent and provide the right type of stimuli to promote optimal development. You and your baby will experience many benefits from infant massage during a child’s first years and for years to come. Here’s more about the benefits of this special technique from our physical therapists who are certified in infant massage Massaging your baby is a wonderful and loving way to begin a lifelong relationship The growth in popularity for infant massage instruction is due to positive... View Article