Pediatric Heart Care Gets a Boost in Richmond, VA

A baby just hours old. A deformed, fragile heart the size of a walnut. A local hospital ill-equipped to handle emergency pediatric cardiac care. That’s the state of things in Richmond, VA, but thanks to a totally unprecedented $28 million gift from the Children’s Hospital Foundation, things are about to change.

Soon, there will be a Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center at CHoR, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. Soon, parents won’t have to go out of state for invasive, scary surgeries their children may need early in life. Leading the new center will be Thomas Yeh Jr., MD, Ph.D., a senior board-certified thoracic surgeon. The pick will be a real game-changer for pediatric cardiac care at CHor.

"With this incredible gift and the recruitment of Dr. Thomas Yeh, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU has the ability to stand up a robust heart center to care for any cardiac need a child might have around the clock," saod Thomas Duval, CEO of CHoR. "From increased access with same-day appointments to 24/7 coverage of emergent issues, this gift will advance comprehensive cardiac surgical care in our community and prevent families from feeling they must leave Richmondand their support systemduring a critical and stressful time."

"This is another example of how VCU is helping to ensure that the children of the Richmond region have access to world-class health care in their own backyard," said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and VCU Health System. "We are a nationally premier research university that is focused on discovering causes and cures across the spectrum of health care that enable our diverse patient population to live longer and better lives. That mission begins with children."