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Expanding care for kids and health care at home

A look ahead at new VCU Health initiatives to serve patients in 2023.

Large building with bridge connecting to another building The bridge connecting the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Children's Tower to the VCU Medical Center Gateway Building. (Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU)

By Sara McCloskey 

 

For many, the New Year is filled with new projects and goals to better ourselves and support our loved ones. As we look toward 2023, there are many exciting developments happening at VCU Health that will expand options to care at home and for our youngest patients, as well as provide opportunities for innovative research. 

 

Home Hospital: Care from the comfort of your home 

 

We will soon be launching a program that allows patients to receive acute, hospital-level care from home. Home Hospital gives patients the option to have short-term treatment or recovery care at their home instead of staying at the hospital. Physicians and trained staff will be on hand, through remote and in-person visits, to provide support to patients and family members assisting with their care. 

 

VCU Health will be the first health care system in central Virginia to offer a hospital-at-home program. Studies have shown a wide variety of benefits for patients of these types of programs, such as reduced costs and fewer readmissions to the hospital, among others. 

 

Completing an entire city block dedicated to caring for kids

 

The countdown is on for the opening of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Children’s Tower! The entire building is dedicated to the care of children and families with inpatient, emergency and Level I pediatric trauma care all under one roof.  

The tower’s 72 private rooms are among the most spacious pediatric hospital rooms in the country. When combined with the outpatient Children’s Pavilion, the tower will be about 1 million square feet. There are also patient and family amenities, including playrooms, kid-friendly dining options and a family gym, all designed to make the hospital feel more like home. And for easy accessibility for all families, there will also be free parking on site.

 

Celebrating the one year anniversary of a transformative gift for liver health 

 

As one of the top 50 public research universities in the United States and an academic health system, every level of support for our researchers, students and patients matters. 

 

In February, we will mark the first anniversary of a historic $104 million gift that established the Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver Disease and Metabolic Health. The gift solidified VCU’s position as a global leader in liver disease and metabolic health research, teaching and patient care. 

 

This year was only the start. We plan to continue to find innovative research opportunities to improve the quality of life for our patients. 

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