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 child – not just the illness. With staff ranging from pediatric trained doctors, nurses and psychologists to education consultants and social workers, the ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic provides the most comprehensive hematology and oncology care in the region. In fact, CHoR is part of the only bone marrow transplant center in Virginia that treats children, and is the only pediatric comprehensive sickle-cell program and Children’s Oncology Group hemophilia center in Central Virginia.“Patients feel comforted here because we meet not only their medical needs, but their emotional needs as well,” said India Sisler, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of pediatric hematology and oncology and the medical director of the pediatric comprehensive sickle-cell program at CHoR. “Patients often tell us they consider the clinic an extension of their home and the staff an extension of their family.”For many patients, having a condition such as sickle-cell anemia, affects all aspects of their life. This is why CHoR’s ASK Hematology and Oncology Clinic provides comprehensive care and treatment to address everything from a patient’s emotional and behavioral needs, to their social and educational development. And, the passionate physicians at CHoR continue to be on the cutting edge of research in these specialties, always trying to find new ways to help their patients.“At least year’s Tackle Sickle-Cell Anemia Gala fundraiser, a previous patient opened his remarks with, ‘I’m here today because I’m healed of sickle-cell, and CHoR made that possible.’ It doesn’t get more meaningful than that,” said Sisler.Take a virtual video tour of the clinic and see the child-friendly environment that many children don’t want to leave when their appointment is over! See if you can find what animals two of the exam rooms are named after and submit your answer on our Facebook page for a chance to win CHoR swag. Also, be sure to check back soon for a look at the amenities offered at CHoR’s various facilities.