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January 17th, 2012
Nearly 50 legislators and administrative staff attended the ninth annual Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) Legislative Reception on Jan. 12 at the General Assembly building. Members of the CHoR Advocacy Committee partnered with the hospital’s leadership team, Virginia Treatment Center for Children and students from the VCU School of Social Work to promote this year’s “Kids Come First” message and encourage lawmakers to prioritize funding for children’s education and health care.
Also in attendance were hospital patient Kyla and her parents, Gerry and Julee, who shared their experiences accessing CHoR’s specialized care and discussed why all children need children’s hospitals. Each year, this event provides the opportunity for the hospital to focus on educating legislators and their staff members.
“To help tell the story of children’s health care, you need to put a face on what children’s health care really is,” remarked Kendall Lee, Associate Director of Government Relations, VCU. “It is rewarding to be able to discuss how Children’s Hospital of Richmond benefits its patients and the community—or one family—through the services it delivers.”
Kendall also explained, “Continued investment in good health and good prevention is extremely helpful in improving quality of life for kids as well as lessening the cost of health care to everyone.”
Photo - Nine-year-old Kyla, a patient at CHoR, visited with Delegate Betsy Carr of the 69th District and other legislators at CHoR’s ninth annual Legislative Reception earlier this year.Return to Current News >>