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