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New Virginia Treatment Center for Children receives Behavioral Healthcare Design Award

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May 27 2016

We “topped out” our new Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) on April 13, marking the placement of the facility’s last steel beam and the beginning of construction for the exterior framing of the main building. Scheduled to open fall 2017 on the Brook Road Campus, this new pediatric mental health facility is already being recognized for its innovative patient-focused design. The VTCC was the only project honored with an Award of Merit in Behavioral Healthcare’s 2016 Design Showcase competition. The Award of Merit is their most prestigious award for projects representing outstanding innovative design solutions in new or renovated health and human services facilities. “The Behavioral Healthcare Design Award is a reflection of the multidisciplinary collaboration between physicians, nurses, patient advocates, designers, behavioral... View Article

Kangaroo-a-thon: Celebrating the benefits of Kangaroo Care

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May 15 2016

CHoR is proud to be part of VCU Medical Center, a designated “Baby-Friendly” Hospital recognized along with less than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals for providing an exceptional level of attention to newborn feeding and mother-baby bonding. One of the many ways CHoR supports and encourages newborn feeding and bonding is by promoting Kangaroo Care during the first hours and days of a newborn’s life and throughout an infant’s stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). May 15th kicks off International Kangaroo Care Awareness Week and we are joining the worldwide effort to educate families about this important technique. Our team will celebrate and promote Kangaroo Care this week during a special Kangaroo-a-thon. Each NICU family will receive a... View Article

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Know when to seek help

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May 5 2016

This month, CHoR joins organizations nationwide to raise awareness and build understanding of mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, held annually in May, and National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day which is May 5, 2016.  Did you know… one in five children experiences mental illness, but only 25 percent of those children actually receive the treatment they need. When problems emerge that cannot be handled within your support group or the pediatrician’s office, seeking help from a child mental health professional is important. Below is an overview of mental health conditions that can benefit from professional help. Your pediatrician can assist with the referral to a child psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker.  Depression Depression is an illness that can... View Article

Clinical Trials Awareness Week celebrates medical innovations of today and the treatments of tomorrow

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May 2 2016

The week of May 2, 2016 marks the second annual Clinical Trials Awareness Week. During this week, national and local patient advocacy organizations, medical societies, research institutions and others join the Coalition for Clinical Trial Awareness to raise public awareness about the benefits of clinical trials. As part of an academic medical center, CHoR recognizes the important contributions of the many clinical trial researchers and participants here and at other institutions who have made new and innovative treatments a reality for patients worldwide. To help raise awareness and educate families about research and clinical trials, CHoR’s Vice Chair for Clinical Research Dr. Henry Rozycki put together the following checklist of questions for parents considering enrolling their child in a clinical... View Article