Advancing Children's Health

Author Archives for Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Aug 18 2017

Eclipse eye protection: An ophthalmologist’s advice

You’ve probably heard the buzz about the total solar eclipse coming up on Monday, Aug. 21. The last time the U.S. experienced such an event was 38 years ago! During the eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun for a period of time and resulting in daytime darkness. While the sun will only appear completely blocked within the 70-mile-wide path of totality from Oregon... View Article


Aug 18 2017
Aug 9 2017

JACK’s Scholars wrap up intensive summer learning program at CHoR

“I’ve wanted to join this program since before coming to med school,” said Faye Mendoza of the JACK’s Summer Scholars Program. Mendoza is one of ten promising future health care professionals from throughout the country who had the opportunity to take part in this year’s program. The JACK’s Summer Scholars Program has a long history of fostering education of medical professionalism and quality improvement research needed to improve care in pediatric-neonatal medicine.... View Article


Aug 9 2017
Aug 4 2017

Dolls have special meaning for patients and families

When Amy Taylor, LPN, joined the team at our Transitional Care Unit five years ago, she got the best of both worlds, she says, in a profession that allowed her to combine her love of nursing and her love for children. “I think about our patients on days that I’m off. I worry about them, just like I would for my own child,” she explains, noting that many of the... View Article


Aug 4 2017
Aug 1 2017

Fidget spinners: Help or hindrance?

Fidget spinner has quickly become a household term. In fact, it’s likely you have one or more of these little gadgets in your home. The idea behind fidget spinners is that they help kids stop fidgeting and focus their attention on the task at hand. Manufacturers have even promoted them as having health benefits for children with a variety of conditions, including ADHD. Do experts agree? “I call it the... View Article


Aug 1 2017
Aug 1 2017

Vaccines help keep kids healthy

By Dr. Tiffany Kimbrough, pediatrician The first vaccine was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner for smallpox – this was done by taking fluid from a blister of someone infected and injecting it into another person’s skin (YUCK!). We have come a long way since that time with our knowledge about vaccination and how to make vaccines safe. Why are vaccines important? Vaccines protect children against 16 diseases that can... View Article


Aug 1 2017
Jul 31 2017

Meet our July 2017 Calendar Kid

Now that he’s been cancer-free for 18 months, Gwendolyn Carnes says her son Mark, 15, is able to tell the start of his story in a somewhat lighthearted way: “I went to Chipotle Sunday afternoon (his favorite), then to the hospital. And we didn’t come home for two weeks.” The summer before his eighth grade school year, Mark began experiencing stomach pain. He’d been an avid baseball player for years,... View Article


Jul 31 2017
Jul 27 2017

Honoring Dr. Richard Brookman

Sometimes his kid-friendly tie was the first thing you’d see coming down the hallway. It was an outward emblem of an engaging nature and quiet humor that we’ve relied on since his arrival in Richmond in 1981. Over his 35-year tenure, Richard R. Brookman, M.D., has skillfully and compassionately influenced the care of countless children and adolescents in the community as well as the training of generations of students and... View Article


Jul 27 2017
Jul 26 2017

Camp TALK: Not your average summer camp

“Look! He has ears like me!” That’s what three-year-old Thomas Patterson excitedly tells his parents when he sees other children with hearing aids or cochlear implants. When he attends Camp TALK, CHoR’s week-long summer camp for children receiving audiology services, Thomas is surrounded by kids “like him.” This year, he was one of 32 children who participated in this unique program designed just for them. Planning with a purpose “TALK... View Article


Jul 26 2017
Jul 10 2017

Evan’s children’s hospital is nationally ranked!

We’re honored to be ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals for kidney care by U.S.News & World Report. Not for the shiny badge, but for Evan, and the countless kids like him who inspire us to keep climbing higher. Learn more about Evan and why he’s shouting from the rooftops! Evan’s journey Doctors suspected something was going on with Evan’s kidneys before he was even born. An early ultrasound showed... View Article


Jul 10 2017
Jul 1 2017

Sports safety: Get back in the game (Safely!)

Youth sports provide tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children throughout their lifetime; they also come with the risk of sports-related injuries. Children’s bodies are still developing which puts them at an increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries. The most common injuries seen in children include traumatic injuries (sprains, strains, tears, fractures, dislocations, etc.) and overuse injuries (injuries that get progressively worse from a repeated movement and can worsen over... View Article


Jul 1 2017