Burnin’ Up

Jun 27 2013

Summer is a great time for cookouts, camping and fireworks. Unfortunately, it is also a time of increased injury. “With school out for the year and summer beginning, we start seeing more injuries occur as children get more involved in outdoor activities,” said Sam Bartle, MD, emergency medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. “When dealing with these potential safety hazards, nothing is better than awareness and close supervision of children, but it is important to take some common precautions.” Firework Safety Fireworks cause almost 10,000 injuries a year, with more than half of those injuries coming from burns to the hands and fingers and 17 percent coming from one of the most unsuspecting types of firework: sparklers.... View Article

Friday Night Lights Out

Jun 25 2013

Like most 16-year-olds, Dusty Moore likes music and sports. But in October, he traded his favorite tunes for soothing classical music. Why?  A particularly rough night on the football field resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI, also referred to as a concussion), and Dusty was on what his doctors called “brain rest.” During a Friday night home game, Dusty, a high school junior, ran a play he had practiced many times in drills. It wasn’t until returning home from his first full-pads practice since that game that the vomiting, headaches, blurred vision and stumbling started. Dusty suffered a traumatic brain injury called a concussion. Dusty’s mom, Charlene, is a nurse herself and insisted Dusty go to the Traumatic Brain... View Article

Will you be participating in ASK day?

Jun 21 2013

Is there a gun where your child plays? It’s a question we don’t always think to ask, but it could save our child’s life. June 21 is ASK Day – a day started by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center to Prevent Youth Violence to encourage parents to ask other parents if there is a gun in their home before allowing their child to go over to play. About one in three homes with kids has a gun, which is not always safely secured. Talking to your child about gun safety is a good idea, but isn’t the only step you should take to protect your child. When your child goes to a friend’s house for the... View Article

When Tragedy Strikes

Jun 20 2013

With recent events like the Sandy Hook massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing and even the Oklahoma tornado flooding our news, it is often hard for us to understand these tragedies, much less explain them to our kids. It becomes especially difficult when other children are involved in horrific events like the tornado that hit Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary Schools in Texas. Our initial instincts urge us to shield our children from the pain and guard their safety. But what happens when those little eyes catch a glimpse of the television screen or older kids at school chat about the events? How much do we share, if anything, and what exactly is the best way to introduce children to the... View Article

5 Sun Safety Tips Every Parent Needs to Know

Jun 18 2013

With all of the different terms from SPF, to UVB to Broad Spectrum, protecting your child’s skin from the sun sounds more complicated than it should. To top it off, the changing regulations and differing opinions on the best sun safety skincare practices are enough to confuse just about anyone looking for the best method to protect their child from the sun’s harmful rays this summer. But with the potential to cause skin cancer, currently the number one cancer in the United States, it’s important to take skincare safety seriously. Dr. Laurie Shinn, a childhood dermatology expert at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, provides simple and important tips to help parents keep their children safe in the sun. 1.... View Article

Proposed Children’s Hospital is Next Step in Advancing Children’s Health

Jun 13 2013

  As you have probably heard, there are some exciting things happening at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). Not only was CHoR recently ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, but VCU Health System has announced a proposed model for a new, free-standing children’s hospital! The momentum for advancing children’s health is incredible. Because so many things have happened in such a short time, we know there will be questions. The information below addresses recurring questions related to VCU’s announcement regarding plans for a new, free-standing children’s hospital: How will this new hospital model benefit children over what we have today? CHoR has nearly a one hundred year legacy of providing for... View Article

VCU Health System Presents Plan for a New, Free-standing Children’s Hospital

Jun 11 2013

             VCU Health System Presents Plan for a New, Free-standing Children’s Hospital  Proposal marks the next phase of a multi-year investment to advance children’s health RICHMOND, Va., (June 11, 2013) –Virginia Commonwealth University Health System today announced that it has proposed a model for a new free-standing children’s hospital to the VCU Health System Authority for its consideration. The proposal was developed following an extensive analysis that was requested by the Authority board.  The proposal represents the next phase of a multi-year plan to advance children’s health, and is built on a solid foundation of top pediatric talent, comprehensive pediatric health programs, and facilities dedicated to the unique needs of children. “It is important to move forward with a vision for... View Article

CHoR Awarded National Ranking by U.S. News & World Report

Jun 11 2013

U.S. News & World Report has named Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) among the top nationally ranked pediatric nephrology (kidney care) programs in the country. In 2010, CHoR identified a critical need for better access to pediatric kidney care in Richmond. In response to this gap in care, CHoR expanded its nephrology program, hired a multidisciplinary team of specialists, opened additional satellite clinics for increased access and tripled appointment availability. Children with kidney problems require continuous comprehensive care, from frequent lab work and clinic visits, to multiple dialysis appointments per week. CHoR’s revitalized nephrology program was specifically developed to provide families with a multidisciplinary approach to care. The team includes nephrologists to meet a child’s medical needs, a... View Article

CHoR’s 3rd Birthday Bash

Jun 6 2013

In honor of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s 3rd birthday, were celebrating the many children whose lives have been impacted by our doctors, nurses and staff. Over the past three years, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) has treated children like Trace, the young infant born with a life threatening congenital heart defect, ensuring he, along with other children, can celebrate many healthy and happy birthdays to come. In fact, thanks to the expert care and treatment from a team of CHoR specialists, Trace’s life threatening heart defect is now fixed and he was able to celebrate his first birthday with a Wiggles themed bash. “CHoR helped Trace celebrate a healthier, happier birthday by saving his life. No ifs,... View Article