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The Children’s Pavilion Groundbreaking

Sep 10 2012

By Leslie Wyatt, Vice President of Children’s Services and Executive Director of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU               There is energy and momentum around advancing children’s health in Richmond, and today marks our newest milestone. Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is breaking ground on a multi-story, high-tech ambulatory pavilion for pediatric services.  The new facility will meet the growing need for outpatient services for children in our community. The Children’s Pavilion is scheduled to be completed in 2015, and will be the largest, most advanced outpatient facility dedicated to children in the region. The new pavilion will include diagnostic and treatment services for children, bringing together the majority of outpatient pediatric services... View Article

The Game Changer in Health Technology

Aug 29 2012

In a world where paper is becoming obsolete, it only makes sense that medical records become digital too. Not only do electronic records provide faster, easier communication between doctors and other care providers, they also provide a single source of up-to-date information on a patient’s history, test results, physician notes, medications and more. Many EMRs also include what’s referred to as a “patient portal,” which allows physicians to communicate with patients as well. Sean McKenna, MD, assistant professor of general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, says that while parents take in a lot of information about their child’s health during a half hour appointment, many leave with questions on their minds. Dr. McKenna is working to build... View Article

The Childhood Obesity Epidemic – What Parents and Pediatricians Can Do

Aug 23 2012

The childhood obesity epidemic is increasing at an alarming rate in the U.S. More than 23 million children in the U.S. are diagnosed as overweight or obese – that’s one in every three children. A child or adolescent is considered obese when they are 20 percent above the average weight for his or her age and height. Childhood obesity is not only detrimental to a child’s health, causing issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol but it can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. In 2007, Virginia was ranked 25th in obesity prevalence compared to other states. The study showed that 31 percent of children in Virginia were overweight, and 15.2 percent were considered obese. That’s... View Article

Standing by the Plan

Jul 25 2012

An article in the July 2012 issue of Richmond Magazine addressed the issue of children’s healthcare in Central Virginia, and more specifically, access to services and specialists for children in the region.  Although there is much debate about how this should be done, everyone agrees that collaboration is key. “This needs an integrated strategy; they’re right on that,” says Roice Luke, professor emeritus in VCU’s Department of Health Administration. After reviewing regional statistics on pediatric hospitalization at Richmond magazine’s request, he concludes that as a practical matter, VCU and PACKids must return to the negotiating table if there is any hope for the proposal to be realized in a substantive way. “They’re asking VCU to close down capacity to meet... View Article

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Receives National Award for Achievements in Quality Care

Jul 2 2012

Award honors best practices in skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities Shira Cantor Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (804) 828-7035 scantor@mcvh-vcu.edu     The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living have selected the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU – Brook Road Campus as a 2012 recipient of the “Silver – Achievement in Quality” for its outstanding performance in the health care profession. The competitive award highlights select facilities across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long-term care. “This award is a benchmark of distinction in the journey to providing high-quality care,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “The long-term and post-acute care community applauds Children’s Hospital... View Article

Happy Birthday Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU!

Jun 30 2012

Today is the second birthday of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, and marks two years since VCU Health System and Children’s Hospital came together to form Richmond’s only full-service children’s hospital. Thank you for celebrating our birthday with us this week and for your well wishes sent by Facebook, Twitter and video.  We plan of many more years of advancing children’s health in Richmond, Va. “Like” Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU on Facebook and follow @childrensRVA.

Kids, Sports and Safety –the key is balance, say experts

Jun 18 2012

By Kellie Murphy Richmond Family June 2012 Sometime during the preschool years and elementary school, many parents and their children enter the world of organized sports. For us it started with four-year-old soccer, a sport that consists mainly of parents watching several children move in a single clump up and down the field. From there, we moved on to basketball, baseball, football, lacrossee, and field hockey, filling our home with all the gear and equipment that goes with it. In the U.S., there are approximately 35 to 40 million kids participating annually in organized sports, a dramatic increase in recent decades. But along with what most of us consider a positive upward trend in sports participation comes an equally sharp... View Article

New plans could disrupt current care, collaborations

May 31 2012

As a pediatric surgeon practicing in Richmond for the past eight years, I have a unique perspective on hospital-based pediatric care in this region. I interact on a routine basis with pediatricians, as well as pediatric sub-specialists in the outpatient clinics, on the inpatient wards, in the intensive care units, as well as in the operating room. My patients range from newborn, premature babies up to children who are adult-sized. And because my partners and I provide essentially all of the general and thoracic pediatric surgery in central Virginia, we care for children both in an academic, teaching hospital and in community hospitals. Having attended medical school and spent the majority of my career in the Richmond area, I have... View Article

Dominican Republic Honors Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Surgeon

Apr 12 2012

With formerly conjoined twins Maria and Teresa Tapia and the rest of their family looking on, Dominican Republic president Leonel Fernandez Reyna presented pediatric surgeon David Lanning, M.D., with the country’s highest civilian honor for his efforts to separate the girls in a dramatic 22-hour surgery late last year. During a ceremony at the National Palace in Santo Domingo, Lanning received the Order of Christopher Columbus rank of Knight, an honor usually reserved for Dominican citizens or military.  Only a handful of non-civilian, foreign-born individuals have received the award since it was established in 1937. The Order is given for distinguished service to the Dominican Republic or for humanity and merit outstanding in the arts or sciences. “This is a... View Article