Life’s Little Miracles

Apr 29 2013

Given all the heartbreak surrounding the recent events in our nation, we cannot think of something better to share with you than a story filled with hope and joy. One week ago today, six-month-old conjoined twins, A’zhari and A’zhiah Jones from Franklin, Va., were surgically separated at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). Currently, the girls are in stable condition recovering in CHoR’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with help from the same nurses who have cared for them over the first six months of their lives. “We’re very optimistic that the twins will have a full and complete recovery,” said David Lanning, M.D., Ph.D., surgeon-in-chief at the CHoR. “At this point we don’t anticipate any future need for long... View Article

April is Autism Awareness Month

Apr 26 2013

At the Child Development Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, children walk into the office of Chitra Pidaparti, Ph.D., greeted by an array of games and toys. Dr. Pidaparti observes children as they play, watching for important social, communicational and developmental cues. She looks to see if the child shows her their favorite toy, talks about the games or switches attention to another toy after a period of time, all the while searching for any developmental signs which could indicate a child is on the autism spectrum. Approximately 1 in 88 children in the U.S. have an autism spectrum disorder. Chances are, among the children in your child’s school grade, at least one has an autism spectrum disorder.... View Article

Childhood Ear Infections: Top 5 Risk Factors and Symptoms

Apr 23 2013

Since a young age Kelley Dodson, MD, of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, always knew she wanted to become a doctor. “My friend and I used to play doctor all day long,” said Dr. Dodson. “I think I’ve always known this was the career path I was meant to take.” It wasn’t until medical school that she discovered her interest in pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) medicine. “I found the anatomy fascinating and I couldn’t think of a better opportunity to improve the quality of life of children.” As a mother of three children, Dr. Dodson knows firsthand how difficult it is when your child isn’t feeling well. Ear infections tend to affect children in particular, and are... View Article

Virtual Tour: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Inpatient Amenities

Apr 18 2013

The team at CHoR knows getting better is about a lot more than medicine. At CHoR, we understand the playful nature of children — from their energetic spirits and imaginations, to their desire to play and just have fun! Our team embraces these important aspects of childhood, and often times you can find us playing a little bit too! With amenities like our rooftop Children’s Garden, children and families have the opportunity to enjoy some fresh air or even do physical therapy on special outdoor equipment. The Children’s Garden is complimented by multiple indoor playrooms, providing safe places for children to play—and just be kids. From toys and crafts to games and books; the playrooms have everything a child needs... View Article

Virtual Tour: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic

Apr 16 2013

From the waiting room filled with crafts and games, to the “fish bowl” where children can play with iPads and watch movies during treatments, the environment in the ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is child-friendly and comforting. CHoR’s hematology and oncology specialists have expertise ranging from iron deficiency to rare childhood cancers. They provide team-based, comprehensive treatment programs to treat the whole child – not just the illness. With staff ranging from pediatric trained doctors, nurses and psychologists to education consultants and social workers, the ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic provides the most comprehensive hematology and oncology care in the region. In fact, CHoR is part of the only bone... View Article

Virtual Tour: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s PICU

Apr 11 2013

From the child life specialists who prepare children for procedures during their stay to the private rooms and compassionate nurses, CHoR’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides care to meet both the medical and emotional needs of patients and families. CHoR’s is home to the only Level 1 PICU in Central Virginia, that’s a fancy way of saying it provides the most advanced lifesaving technologies and treatments to care for critically ill and injured children, including 24/7 access to pediatric specialists. The dedicated PICU team cares for everything from respiratory complications to monitoring after an organ transplant. Take the virtual tour to see what the PICU is like from a child’s point of view. The PICU provides a healing environment... View Article

Virtual Tour: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Pediatric ER

Apr 9 2013

Walking into the pediatric emergency room at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is like entering a vibrant rainforest, a far contrast from adult hospital environments. Children and their families are greeted in CHoR’s rainforest-themed ER by frogs, toucans, monkeys…and a compassionate pediatric medical team. As part of VCU Medical Center, the region’s only designated level 1 trauma center, CHoR’s pediatric emergency room (ER) provides the highest level of emergency care in the region including 24-hour access to pediatric specialists—from dentists and anesthesiologists to trauma surgeons. “Children are not just small adults,” said Chris Woleben, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and associate dean of student affairs for the VCU... View Article

Virtual Tour: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s NICU

Apr 5 2013

When you walk into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), the first thing you will see are the smiling faces in the pictures of NICU graduates. From the play room for siblings to the talented specialists, the NICU at CHoR takes some stress off new parents while their baby gets strong enough to go home. With babies staying anywhere from 48 hours to 4 months, the NICU often becomes like a second home and the staff become family. “We develop such strong relationships with the families that we often keep up with them after the child graduates,” said Dr. Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, William Tate Graham Professor and chair of neonatal medicine at CHoR. “I... View Article

Virtual Tour: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Acute Care Units

Apr 3 2013

“With features like playrooms, an air hockey table and a rooftop Children’s Garden, you would hardly remember you’re in a hospital,” said Siri Bream, certified child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. The Acute Care Units at CHoR serve children with acute or chronic illnesses and injuries. The units are divided by age with 17 beds for infants and toddlers under age 4 and 24 beds for older children and adolescents. A large home-like palliative care room is also available for children in need of pediatric palliative care and pain management services. Patient care on the acute care units spans a wide range of conditions – from the treatment of asthma or the flu to week-long chemotherapy... View Article