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Bringing Halloween spirit to children

CHoR patients enjoyed a Halloween party hosted by Spirit Halloween on Oct. 16. In addition to providing costumes, games and crafts for the annual event, Spirit Halloween has raised more than $530,000 for CHoR’s Child Life Department through its Spirit of Children program since 2007. Donations have enabled Child Life to hire five additional child life specialists in CHoR’s inpatient, emergency and mental health settings.

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VCU Health System CEO announces retirement

Dr. Marsha D. Rappley, CEO of VCU Health System and Senior Vice President of VCU Health Sciences, recently announced her retirement, effective Jan. 2, 2020.

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Hospital to celebrate 100 years of caring for children

Although the needs of the community have changed over the last century, CHoR remains committed to its original mission of caring for every child. Thanks to generous community support, CHoR has been able to develop new clinical programs, recruit more specialists, support research and training, and help hundreds of thousands of children and families over the years.

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Saving lives when minutes matter

​Dr. Frank Petruzella joined Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU in July as chief, division of emergency medicine. Last year, more than 21,000 patients were treated through CHoR’s emergency department, the only Level 1 pediatric trauma center in the region and home to the Evans-Haynes Burn Center, a Level 1 pediatric burn center.

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Medical-Legal partnership works to improve patient health and well-being

“Doctors can provide the best medical care, but kids won’t get better if there are issues at home,” said Allison Held, associate general counsel for Medical-Legal Partnership Richmond (MLP-Richmond). “A clinical care team can’t do much about a landlord’s refusal to abate the asthma-inducing mold in a patient’s apartment, but a lawyer can. Similarly, a lawyer might be able to intervene when a patient is wrongfully denied nutritional support or health insurance coverage.”

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Enhancing cardiac care for children

An internationally-renowned interventional cardiologist, Dr. Jin Lee joined Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU earlier this year from The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has been involved in the development of pediatric heart programs internationally and is a co-author of publications in high impact journals as well as in multi-center studies of the Pediatric Heart Network. Dr. Lee serves as co-director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center, which was established in 2014 through generous donor contributions.

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