Advancing Children's Health

Author Archives for Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Emily Horse Copy
Jul 12 2019

Emily’s story: Back in the saddle after scoliosis surgery

Angela Davis gave her 11-year-old daughter Emily a hug like she had done many times before, but this time something felt different. “She noticed that my shoulder blades didn’t seem like they were in the right place,” said Emily. “We went to the doctor the next day.” Although Emily had seen her pediatrician just six months prior for her regular checkup, her scoliosis wasn’t discovered until she hit a growth... View Article


Jul 12 2019
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Jun 28 2019

Kids Come First Files: From the start

Our latest addition to the Kids Come First Files blog series is a note from a thankful mother that tells a story of encouragement, heart and family.  “It’s hard to wrap my head around the last few months, but I know that we would not be where we are today without each of you. From the beginning, #VCURRTCFamily was there! From the start, you helped us get to where we belonged – VCU! Lydia is... View Article


Jun 28 2019
Charlotte
Jun 24 2019

June Calendar Kid: Strong support from start to finish

After receiving a book about a cat who visits the library, three-year-old Charlotte Williams became obsessed with the idea. So just last week she became the joyful recipient of her first library card. With the new card in hand, Charlotte characteristically led the way: “She ran right in, pulled three books off the shelf, sat at a table and started ‘reading,’” her mom Crystal shares. Full of this energy and attitude... View Article


Jun 24 2019
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Jun 12 2019

Potty training: Ready! Or not?

Potty training…what a huge developmental milestone for your child! Mastering toilet training is an important leap toward independence. The process can be met with excitement, frustration, anxiety or a little bit of it all for both parent and child. A question we often hear as medical professionals is: “My child is ‘X’ months/years old and is still in a diaper. Shouldn’t they be potty trained by now?” But when a... View Article


Jun 12 2019
Groundbreaking
Jun 10 2019

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU breaks ground on inpatient hospital

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU broke ground Saturday on its inpatient children’s hospital — kicking off construction of a $350 million facility that will complete an entire city block dedicated to the care of kids. The hospital will replace existing inpatient unit beds and consolidate inpatient and emergency care to one location, adjacent to the outpatient Children’s Pavilion on the VCU Medical Center campus. The new hospital is part of a comprehensive... View Article


Jun 10 2019
Nick Calendarkid
May 30 2019

May Calendar Kid: Specialized surgery and continued care

Beth Ramsay’s lasting memory of her son’s surgery wasn’t the fear she experienced when he was taken from her arms for the procedure. It was that he giggled and smiled so soon after, despite his eyes being swollen shut and his head bandaged. “Nick’s experience was definitely a lesson for me in how resilient kids are,” she says, reflecting on the skull surgery her son had as an infant and... View Article


May 30 2019
I'll Always Be Here For You...
May 15 2019

Be prepared: First aid for mental health

Unlike common childhood physical injuries, where a band-aid or brace may be an obvious solution, parents often wonder whether behavioral changes and emotional ups and downs are expectable parts of the developmental progress, or signs that additional care might be needed. Just as you’d be there to provide first aid for a cut or scrape, there are important steps to take when a child experiences a rough patch or crisis... View Article


May 15 2019
Beckett
Apr 29 2019

April Calendar Kid: Good morning Princess. We’ve been waiting for you!

Five-year-old Beckett Tapscott twirls through life. Even when she’s here for one of her four-hour blood transfusions, she’s ready to dance. “At her last transfusion Beckett and three other girls had a dance party,” her mom, Morgan, recalls. “One of the nurses was trying to help a child feel better and started playing ‘Baby Shark’ and it just went from there. Doctors and nurses joined in too.” Onstage, Beckett twirled... View Article


Apr 29 2019
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Apr 18 2019

Virginia Treatment Center for Children renames program in honor of Cameron K. Gallagher

The ribbon has been cut and the former Children’s Mental Health Resource Center is now officially the Cameron K. Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center following a $250,000 gift from the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation has supported the work of the Mental Health Resource Center at our Virginia Treatment Center for Children since 2014 when David and Grace Gallagher started the foundation in memory of their... View Article


Apr 18 2019
Mother And Daughter
Apr 4 2019

Extra comfort, extra cuddles and other ways you can ease your child’s anxiety before their surgery

A little preparation and extra comfort go a long way for a child facing surgery. Our child life team has special training – and lots of real-life kid experience – in just what can help. From the weeks leading up to surgery to “no food” the night before and a special send-off when you leave your child’s side, there are several ways you can support your child and ease their... View Article


Apr 4 2019