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Given all the heartbreak surrounding the recent events in our nation, we cannot think of something better to share with you than a story filled with hope and joy. One week ago today, six-month-old conjoined twins, A’zhari and A’zhiah Jones from Franklin, Va., were surgically separated at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). Currently, the girls are in stable condition recovering in CHoR’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with help... View Article

Apr 29 2013

At the Child Development Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, children walk into the office of Chitra Pidaparti, Ph.D., greeted by an array of games and toys. Dr. Pidaparti observes children as they play, watching for important social, communicational and developmental cues. She looks to see if the child shows her their favorite toy, talks about the games or switches attention to another toy after a period of... View Article

Apr 26 2013

Since a young age Kelley Dodson, MD, of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, always knew she wanted to become a doctor. “My friend and I used to play doctor all day long,” said Dr. Dodson. “I think I’ve always known this was the career path I was meant to take.”It wasn’t until medical school that she discovered her interest in pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) medicine. “I found... View Article

Apr 23 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdaHnFhT3OMThe team at CHoR knows getting better is about a lot more than medicine.At CHoR, we understand the playful nature of children — from their energetic spirits and imaginations, to their desire to play and just have fun! Our team embraces these important aspects of childhood, and often times you can find us playing a little bit too! With amenities like our rooftop Children’s Garden, children and families have the... View Article

Apr 18 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvoOW62-F80From the waiting room filled with crafts and games, to the “fish bowl” where children can play with iPads and watch movies during treatments, the environment in the ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is child-friendly and comforting.CHoR’s hematology and oncology specialists have expertise ranging from iron deficiency to rare childhood cancers. They provide team-based, comprehensive treatment programs to treat the whole... View Article

Apr 16 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xIf-Bl4iPsFrom the child life specialists who prepare children for procedures during their stay to the private rooms and compassionate nurses, CHoR’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides care to meet both the medical and emotional needs of patients and families. CHoR’s is home to the only Level 1 PICU in Central Virginia, that’s a fancy way of saying it provides the most advanced lifesaving technologies and treatments to care for... View Article

Apr 11 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqOqO3a1W5QWalking into the pediatric emergency room at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) is like entering a vibrant rainforest, a far contrast from adult hospital environments. Children and their families are greeted in CHoR’s rainforest-themed ER by frogs, toucans, monkeys…and a compassionate pediatric medical team.As part of VCU Medical Center, the region’s only designated level 1 trauma center, CHoR’s pediatric emergency room (ER) provides the highest level of emergency... View Article

Apr 9 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbiw9y7IG4YWhen you walk into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), the first thing you will see are the smiling faces in the pictures of NICU graduates. From the play room for siblings to the talented specialists, the NICU at CHoR takes some stress off new parents while their baby gets strong enough to go home. With babies staying anywhere from 48 hours to... View Article

Apr 5 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHlEy2yRzn4“With features like playrooms, an air hockey table and a rooftop Children’s Garden, you would hardly remember you’re in a hospital,” said Siri Bream, certified child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.The Acute Care Units at CHoR serve children with acute or chronic illnesses and injuries. The units are divided by age with 17 beds for infants and toddlers under age 4 and 24 beds for older... View Article

Apr 3 2013