Tid★Bits Magazine Fall 2010
Friday, December 31, 2010
In this issue:
- A New Day for Pediatric Health Care in Central Virginia
- Definitions of Pediatric Medical/Surgical Specialists
- Car Seat Guidelines & Teen Driving Safety Advice
- Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyles
- Map of CHoR Locations
A New Day for Pediatric Health Care in Central Virginia
Better Access to Pediatric Care
Until now, Richmond was one of only two cities of its size without a comprehensive children?s hospital. As the area?s first comprehensive pediatric health care provider, CHoR has a scope of services that ranges from emergency and specialized inpatient care to medical/surgical treatment for serious conditions, therapy to improve skills, and general pediatric services like checkups. Many children can now receive all of their care from one unified organization.
Top children?s hospitals throughout the country have strong links to academic medical centers where training and research take place. Training the next generation of pediatric professionals to ensure children will always be able to receive care geared to their unique needs is an important priority for CHoR. Opportunities in this area, in pediatric research and for bringing top pediatric medical and surgical specialists to our region are all greatly improved with our organizations joining together as part of the VCU Health System. Plans include new facilities, like the pediatric emergency room already under construction on VCU Medical Center?s MCV Campus. We will build a model of care for children that will attract even more skilled clinicians and scientists to the region. The combination of these two institutions is indeed a milestone for children?s health care in the region and only the beginning of an even brighter future.
Unparallelled Continuum of CarE
Children?s Hospital and VCU Children?s Medical Center have successfully worked together on care programs for many years. Being united as one organization improves communication among care providers and further enhances our capacity to provide care that is coordinated, consistent and compassionate. CHoR has nearly 1,350 full-time and 1,200 part-time employees who provide nationally recognized care to children. With 10 locations throughout the Richmond area and in Petersburg and Fredericksburg, we have the widest range of pediatric services and the largest number of pediatric specialists, therapists and nurses in Central Virginia. Existing services of both organizations will continue, now unified as the most comprehensive continuum of pediatric care in our area.
We invite you to learn more about what this new day in pediatric health care means for children in Virginia. This issue of Tid?Bits features definitions of many of the pediatric physicians and specialists who treat children. At CHoR, we consider parents to be the center of a child?s care team and hope that sharing this information can help families develop a greater understanding of the variety of services available for children. For more on CHoR?s services and programs, please visit our website, www.chrichmond.org, or contact Shira Cantor, Public Relations Coordinator, at (804) 828-7035. We look forward to sharing more about CHoR and the exciting changes this new hospital
brings for Virginia?s children and families in future issues of Tid?Bits.