What We Do
Children’s Hospital Foundation is dedicated to funding and advocating for pediatric initiatives that improve the status of health care and the quality of life for children in our region. The Foundation provides support for the programs of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and the many children it serves each year.
Making a local impact
In a single year, nearly 60,000 children receive care at CHoR, and Children’s Hospital Foundation helps ensure that these children continue to have world class pediatric health care close to home, right here in Central Virginia. Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s primary service area is the Richmond Metro area and the Tri-Cities. More than 260,000 children live in those communities, and more than 1 out of every 8 children in the region visited the hospital for care in 2015 alone.
Children served in 2015
Improving the Lives of Children
The children featured on this website represent just a small fraction of the children that come to Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU each year. We hope their stories will help demonstrate how your support allows Children's Hospital Foundation to provide the funding necessary to develop the clinical, research, and teaching programs that will benefit our community’s children now and into the future.
Sydney, 15 months
Richmond | Services: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neurology, Nephrology, and Emergency Medicine
“It’s every mother’s nightmare to find their child unresponsive in the middle of the night,” said Melissa Kalman. For Melissa and her husband, Noah, that nightmare became a reality last March when they found their 3-month-old daughter, Sydney, in her crib after being awakened at 3:30 a.m. by cries from Sydney’s twin sister, Zoe.
Richmond | Services: Center for Craniofacial Care
During the second trimester of her pregnancy, an ultrasound revealed that Casi had bilateral cleft lip and palate, an opening in the lip, gum and roof of the mouth that can impact feeding and speech.
Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center
Expert care that touches the hearts of our community's sickest children.
In December 2014, Children's Hospital Foundation pledged $28 million over 10 years to establish the Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center. The CHF Heart Center is the only one of its kind in our community and offers services
ranging from fetal cardiology and interventional cardiac
catheterization to surgery and transplant.
Featured Program: Surgery
From routine, same-day outpatient surgeries to complex, delicate procedures, surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU utilize the most current, effective surgical methods. These include robot-assisted surgery to minimize pain, scarring and blood loss, and other minimally invasive surgical procedures. CHoR is the only accredited adolescent bariatric surgery center in Virginia, and one of several in the mid-atlantic region.
Children’s Hospital Foundation has pledged $500,000 towards construction of a pediatric perioperative center, a waiting area for patients before surgery. CHF has also given funds to add a 5th full time surgeon at CHoR.
Community Members Gather to “Mend, Heal and Carry On” in Support of the CHF Heart Center
The first annual “Mend, Heal and Carry On” fundraising event, held on February 9 at the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club, raised $21,905 through ticket sales, silent auction purchases, and generous donations.
Black and Gold Raise Green for Kids
Since the Steel City Connection started supporting CHF in 1990, more than $64,650 has been collected from individual donations, special events and Pittsburgh memorabilia raffle drawings.