April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Apr 28 2014

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) founded Alcohol Awareness Month to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol and alcoholism. Held at the start of prom and graduation season, it provides a timely opportunity to address underage drinking. Here are a few facts from the NCADD to consider: In one study, 80 percent of teens said their parents were the largest influence on their decision whether or not to drink. About 10 percent of 12-year-olds, and half of 15-year-olds, have tried alcohol. Teens who experiment with alcohol before age 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent when they are older than those who wait until age 20. Parents should start talking with children about... View Article

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Apr 21 2014

By Tiffany Kimbrough, MD, pediatric resident I recently had the pleasure of attending a career fair at Fairfield Middle School in Henrico, Virginia, where over 600 7th and 8th graders were eager to learn more about becoming a doctor. The fair was held in their gymnasium, with booth after booth of professionals touting the “awesomeness” of their jobs. From chef to pharmacist, lawyer to police officer, nurse to doctor, there were a lot of careers for the students to learn more about. While Dr. Michelle Russ (pediatric resident) and I were setting up for the event, I could not help thinking about the last time I was in a school gym. The bells ringing, signaling that you were running late to... View Article

CHoR’s NICU Earns Beacon Award for Excellence

Apr 18 2014

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is the first NICU in Virginia to receive the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. The Beacon Award recognizes individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. As one of only five NICUs in the country to receive this honor, CHoR is proud to be among nationally-recognized providers like Children’s Hospital Boston and Miami Children’s Hospital. CHoR’s NICU achieved the highest designation possible, gold-level status. “It is an honor that our unit received this acknowledgement,” said Sharon Cone, PhD, nurse manager of CHoR’s NICU. “CHoR’s NICU staff is committed to excellence, always going above and beyond to ensure... View Article

From Garden to Table: Growing Healthy Families

Apr 14 2014

Vegetable gardens are popping up more and more in our schools and communities, and for good reason. Gardening is an enjoyable way to expose children to different types of vegetables. Plus, the more children are involved in the growing and harvesting of healthy foods, the more likely they are to choose them at mealtime. There are many possibilities for growing your own healthy foods right at home, even in a small space. Ashley Cappel, a registered dietician for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Health Lifestyles Center, shares some of her ideas. Container gardening is easy and cheap, and you don’t need to buy fancy pots. Try old coffee canisters or hanging baskets – just make sure there are holes... View Article

Welcome to the Team, CHoR Residents of 2014!

Apr 1 2014

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is proud to announce our new 2014 residents! This year’s applicant pool was extremely competitive with United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores at or above the national average. In fact, the 2014 resident matches broke the record for USMLE scores, marking an all-time high for CHoR’s program. “With every year, the pediatric residency match becomes even more competitive than the last,” said Dr. Suzanne Lavoie, pediatric residency program director and chief of infectious diseases at CHoR. “I am continually impressed by the success our residents have already achieved before they even have a chance to walk in our door. Already breaking records, the 2014 residents have proven they’re no exception. I know... View Article