Mission of Children's Hospital
Children’s Hospital is a resource and provider of specialized medical and therapeutic services customized to meet the specific needs of children and their families.
More Than a Mission
Children’s Hospital is changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. From teaching a premature infant how to eat by mouth to helping a young adult with cerebral palsy live independently, our expertise in pediatric specialty services and our commitment to providing compassionate care in a family-centered environment turns hope into healing every day.
Our specialty programs serve a diverse, but very concentrated, population of children. Well known for our interdisciplinary approach to treating children with illnesses and disabilities, we also help families address and manage childhood development concerns. Plus, we take our mission even further by providing extensive outreach, safety and education programs to thousands of children in our community.
Our main hospital in Richmond offers inpatient, day patient and outpatient services providing evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of short-term and lifetime medical conditions. To serve the growing number of families who depend on us we also have therapy centers in other Virginia locations, including Bon Air, Glen Allen, Fredericksburg, and Petersburg. All of our facilities are staffed by a team of devoted medical professionals who provide expert and loving care in an atmosphere of respect, compassion and dignity. Our core services are listed below:
- Our Pediatric Therapy Program serves more children than any other in the region and does so with five area locations to meet the needs of the families we serve.
- Our Transitional Care Unit provides developmentally appropriate inpatient care for children and young adults with complex medical needs, within a supportive, family-centered environment.
- Our Multispecialty Clinics for cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spasticity and spina bifida bring together numerous disciplines at one time, allowing families to get the expertise they need for their child’s care all in one place.
- Our Pediatric Dental Program provides comprehensive services—from routine checkups to complex surgical procedures—to all children, including those with special health care needs.
- Our Children’s Feeding Program, one of only a few programs of its kind in the entire country, helps children who have a medical condition that has affected their feeding and growth.
For additional information about these programs and our other services, please visit our Patients and Visitors
We are continuously enhancing our services, programs and facilities to meet the needs of our patients and their families. To read about our recent accomplishments click on the topics below.
Dental Health Program Makes Learning Fun
Nearly 9,500 area kindergarten and first grade students received dental education and training during the 2009-2010 school year thanks to a partnership between Children’s Hospital and the Virginia Department of Health – Dental Division and a generous donation from Kohl’s Department Stores. The Dental Education Program was developed in 2007 to teach local elementary students about dental health and hygiene.
Bon Air Open for Business
Children’s Hospital’s Bon Air Therapy Center opened in late December 2009 with 5,300 square feet of space that includes two gyms, two sensory motor areas, seven quiet treatment spaces, a psychology office, a comfortable waiting room with a dedicated children’s nook and additional staff and office space.
Advocacy Day Honors Child Advocates, Shares Spiritual Journeys
The Spirit of Advocacy awards, funded through gifts from the hospital's three auxiliary boards, recognize a family or family member of a Children's Hospital patient and a community partner for advocating for the health care needs of their child or the broader needs of children in the community.
Kohl’s Gift Expands Dental Outreach Program
Beginning this fall, thanks to an $88,662 donation from Kohl’s Department Stores, the program will add five schools in Richmond and Henrico County, expand into the kindergarten curriculum in all schools except Richmond and reach nearly 9,000 students through a new “Train the Trainer” program.
Therapy Centers Officially Open New Space
To celebrate the opening of Children’s Hospital’s fourth therapy center in Petersburg and the expansion of the West Therapy Center in Glen Allen, grand opening events were held on March 5 and 13.
Hospital Homepage Gets a Makeover
Last fall, the homepage of Children’s Hospital’s website received a makeover. A little more than two years after the entire site was redesigned, the most recent upgrade focused on making information easier to locate and enhancing the look with animation, photographs and an improved graphic design.
TCU Expansion Enhances Services
Sixteen months after construction began, the renovated and expanded Carolyn Bennett Arnold Transitional Care Unit (TCU) opened in fall 2008 with 24 additional beds, renovated patient living and activity areas and additional nursing and staff space.
Residents of Children's Hospital's Transitional Care Unit celebrated the first week of summer by participating in activities and outings as part of Camp WAVES (Wheeling Around Virginia Enjoying Summer). Read about this unique camp and the experiences our children participated in.
Legislative Priorities Shared with General Assembly Members
Children’s Hospital representatives discussed the hospital’s legislative agenda with elected officials and staff at the hospital’s legislative breakfast in January 2008. Read about what the hospital is doing to protect Medicaid and the messages that were shared during the fifth annual event.
Dental Outreach Takes Message to Schools
One in 10 children ages 6 to 11 has never been to the dentist, even though tooth decay is the major cause of tooth loss. Read about how Children’s Hospital is taking important dental education to area elementary schools in an effort to improve children’s dental health.
Using Your Head
Read what second graders had to say about the hospital's eighth annual Bike Safety Program. Thanks to a generous donation from the Richmond Kiwanis Club nearly 175 students from four City of Richmond schools participated in the safety program and received a bicycle helmet individually-fitted to each student’s head.
Scouting for Fun
Read about how the hospital’s Recreation Therapy Department started a Girl Scout Troop in our Transitional Care Unit (TCU) and how they are using assistive technology to help the girls earn their badges.
Dental Program Expansion Complete
Read about the recent expansion and renovation of our dental suite and how these improvements are part of a hospital-wide strategic initiative to expand the dental program and enhance treatment space for both routine and specialized pediatric dental services.
TCU Recognized with Community Involvement Award
Read about how a patient’s dream for a beach trip turned into an annual event for our Transitional Care Unit (TCU) residents and how it resulted in the hospital receiving a Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) award.
Children's Hospital Reveals New Brand
Read about why the hospital developed a new brand and how it's capturing the “heart” of who we are today.