Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal gets $2.9M from foun­da­tion for its urol­ogy pro­gram

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - METRO2 - BY KATIE O’CON­NOR ko­con­nor@times­dis­patch.com (804) 649-6813 Twit­ter: @__KatieOCon­nor

A gift from its foun­da­tion will help the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Rich­mond at VCU strengthen its pe­di­atric urol­ogy pro­gram, which it has been rapidly ex­pand­ing for over a year.

The Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion — which pro­vides phil­an­thropic sup­port to the down-town-based chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal — awarded the urol­ogy pro­gram $2.9 mil­lion.

“This is one step closer to hav­ing a pre­mier pe­di­atric urol­ogy pro­gram in the mid-At­lantic,” said Dr. An­thony Hern­don, chief of pe­di­atric urol­ogy and co-sur­geon in chief at the chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal.

The pe­di­atric urol­ogy pro­gram of­fers med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal ser­vices, rang­ing from in­con­ti­nence to uri­nary tract in­fec­tions.

Of that pledge, $1.5 mil­lion will be used to estab­lish an en­dowed chair in pe­di­atric urol­ogy; $1.15 mil­lion will go to­ward re­cruit­ing ad­di­tional pe­di­atric urol­o­gists; and $221,000 will go to­ward find­ing a clin­i­cal re­search co­or­di­na­tor to over­see a na­tional reg­istry for chil­dren di­ag­nosed with pre­na­tal uri­nary tract di­la­tion, which oc­curs in about 1 per­cent of preg­nan­cies.

Hern­don will be the hos­pi­tal’s first Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion en­dowed chair in pe­di­atric urol­ogy.

He was re­cruited in June 2016, and since his ar­rival, he said the clin­i­cal vol­ume has tripled, sur­gi­cal vol­ume has dou­bled and the ro­bot­ics pro­gram is up 900 per­cent.

“I couldn’t have got­ten (this pledge) last year,” he said. “It’s an in­vest­ment based on our abil­ity to demon­strate growth in a short pe­riod of time.”

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