A Secret Surprise for our Children Revealed

Nov 19 2012

By Leslie Wyatt, Vice President of Children’s Services and Executive Director of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Shhh…we have a fun secret to share. Today Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is revealing our new Children’s Garden! The open air rooftop space is a unique outdoor environment designed for inpatient children and families. The 4,000 square-foot garden is located on the 7th floor of the MCV Campus and features beautiful landscaping, comfortable sitting areas and, of course, a playground. It’s a relaxing place for parents to escape for some fresh air and natural scenery; and it’s the perfect place for kids to just be kids. The Children’s Garden is open to patients, siblings and families admitted to the... View Article

The ABCs of Pediatric Reflux

Nov 15 2012

By Robert E. Kane,  MD Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University As an adult you may have experienced heartburn or an uncomfortable feeling in your chest after eating a big meal or spicy food. From time to time this is normal, but if these symptoms occur frequently it may be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). But GERD isn’t just a problem for adults — it affects kids, too. In babies with GERD, breast milk or formula regularly refluxes into the esophagus, and sometimes out of the mouth.  Infants experience this more often when their stomach is full or their position is changed abruptly, particularly after feeding. Some infants may regurgitate forcefully or experience “wet burps” or fussiness... View Article

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU welcomes “home” conjoined twins

Nov 2 2012

Conjoined twins Maria and Teresa Tapia were surgically separated one year ago by medical experts at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. The Richmond Times Dispatch originally covered the successful surgical procedure and was on hand for the homecoming to describe how the twins are doing one year later: “They have great health, and they love to play” [Lisandra] Sanatis said. That was confirmed during an afternoon check-up at VCU. Dr. David Lanning, surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, led the separation surgery, which involved more than 40 medical staff members. Transplant surgeon Robert Fisher, pediatric surgeon Claudio Oiticica and plastic surgeon Jennifer Rhodes also had key roles in the surgery, which lasted 18 hours for one twin... View Article

Unraveling the Mystery of Children’s Mental Health

Nov 1 2012

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU recently partnered with the Virginia Treatment Center for Children to host “Unraveling the Mystery of Children’s Mental Health: From Brains to Behavior,” a presidential symposium which highlighted advances in science and research and focused on understanding pediatric mental health issues.  The event drew over 230 professionals, including physical therapists, psychiatrists and even veterans, to discuss children’s mental health, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and substance abuse. Bela Sood, M.D., medical director of the center and a nationally recognized expert on children and adolescents with mental health problems, says this goes a long way toward removing the stigma of mental health. “The more we talk about mental health as professionals, the more we show our... View Article