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When Children’s Hospital Foundation Board member and former Children’s Hospital Board member Roderick Bell Mathews passed away two years ago, the Foundation established a $1 million permanent endowed chair to support a pediatric gastroenterologist position in his memory. This fall, John E. Fortunato, MD, joined CHoR as the first Roderick Bell Mathews chair.
A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Fortunato began his training as a general and vascular surgeon before shifting his focus to pediatrics. He completed his pediatric residency with additional training in pediatric gastroenterology (GI) and neurogastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University. This subspecialty allowed him to continue his clinical interest working with the pediatric population, utilize the technical skills he acquired during his surgical residency and work as an academic physician with strong research ties. Dr. Fortunato has been on faculty at Wake Forest University and Children’s Hospital Colorado, published numerous research projects and in 2011, was the first pediatric gastroenterologist to be awarded a grant from the American Heart Association as principal investigator. He has also served for12 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
“I believe Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU has an important role to play in the treatment of Richmond’s children,” said Karla Mathews, Rod’s widow and a member of the Foundation’s Senior Board. “If we want our children to have the best care available, then it is important to recruit and support pediatric specialists like Dr. Fortunato.”
Dr. Fortunato’s goals at CHoR include supporting the growth and expansion of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and partnering with other CHoR specialists to establish new multidisciplinary programs with GI focuses. He said he plans to emphasize family centered patient care and strive to integrate other disciplines into GI subspecialty programs to provide more focused and evidenced-based practice standards.
“I know Rod would be amazed and humbled by the establishment of the endowed chair in his name,” Karla said. “He would have been excited to meet Dr. Fortunato and hear of his plans for the gastroenterology department.”
Pictured above: As the recipient of the Roderick Bell Mathews Endowed Chair, John Fortunato, MD, visited with Karla Mathews, Rod’s widow, during a special reception in October. The endowed chair was established in 2012 to support a pediatric gastroenterologist position at CHoR.
Audrey Costa may have been born with chronic kidney disease, but thanks to the care she receives at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, she is a happy and active 2-year-old. Hear Audrey’s parents, Tiffany and Tony, tell their daughter’s amazing story.
Since starting physical, occupational and speech therapy at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, four-year-old Allie Jones has started school, is learning to pedal a bicycle, is expanding her spoken vocabulary and recently graduated from the Children’s Feeding Program.
When Ellen Sulanke became ill with a severe respiratory virus at five weeks of age, she spent six days at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU where she was cared for by physicians in the Progressive Care Unit. www.chfrichmond.org
Check out our CBS6 commercial for the Children’s Hospital Foundation Four Mile Walk/Run, which will be held on Saturday, September 21! Learn more and register today at www.CHFRace.org.
After breaking her arm at gymnastics practice, 10-year-old Sydney Emery was treated by multiple specialists in Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Emergency Room. www.chfrichmond.org
Beginning Friday, December 7th, 2012, Lite98 and Q94 brought the community together and showed how much they care for local children by hosting the 36 Hours for Kids Radiothon. Local talent from both Lite98 and Q94 gathered at the Brook Road Campus of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and at Short Pump Town Center for three days to help raise vital funds for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Watch highlights from the annual Kappa Delta Tour Day, held on Saturday, November 3. Children’s Hospital Foundation is a national philanthropy of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Over 400 children came to our Petersburg Health and Safety Day on May 15, 2012. The event featured a fire safety house from the Fort Lee Fire Department, a water safety demonstration by the YMCA, and games and exercises from the hospital therapy department. Additional community partners included American Family Fitness, Petersburg School System, Petersburg Public Library, and many others.
More than 400 dancers took the stage on Jan. 28, 2012 during the 13th Annual Virginia Dance Festival organized by Jessica Morgan School of Dance. This year’s festival raised more than $13,000 for Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Proceeds from the 2011 Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball will be used to renovate a rooftop play deck, named the Children’s Garden, on the MCV Campus of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Once completed, the rooftop play deck pictured in these photos will serve the more than 5,000 children and families admitted each year to the acute care pediatric areas on the seventh floor of the Main Hospital.
Members of the Junior Board of Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce that the 48th Annual Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation Ball raised $217,000 for the renovation of the rooftop play deck at Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). The Ball was held on November 4 at the Country Club of Virginia and was attended by more than 650 guests.
The 40th Anniversary Dong’s Martial Arts Tournament, held Saturday, November 5th, produced a $29,180 donation for Children’s Hospital Foundation, bringing the total to $300,334.58 raised for the foundation in the past 15 years. The tournament at the Arthur Ashe Center had 360 participants and about 3,500 spectators.
On Saturday, November 5th, riders on more than 900 motorcycles delivered teddy bears to patients at Children’s Hospital of Richmond during the 29th Annual Teddy Bear Run! The event is organized by the Blue Knights VA III, a local law enforcement motorcycle club.
The ninth annual Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation 5K/10K Walk/Run sponsored by American Family Fitness and Richmond Family Magazine Kids Mascot Mile was held around the grounds of Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Richmondâ€™s Brook Road Campus on Saturday, Oct. 8. Nearly 600 participants walked and ran through Richmondâ€™s Northside neighborhoods to support Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation.
The 40th Anniversary Dongâ€™s Martial Arts Tournament is scheduled for November 5, 2011 at noon at the Arthur Ashe Center, 2907 North Boulevard. As a benefit for Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation, this annual event is a celebration of the true spirit of martial arts - the willingness to help others as well as yourself.