Year in review
As we look back at 2013, VCU Medical Center can be proud of its game-changing achievements. We established innovative clinical advances, progressed in our visionary research and upgraded several of our facilities. Plus, we were honored with some pretty impressive distinctions and accolades recognizing the quality of our care in multiple disciplines.
We invite you to explore a timeline highlighting just some of our newsworthy accomplishments and breakthroughs from 2013. To view a comprehensive list of 2013 news stories, visit the VCU News archives.
Massey Cancer Center and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU first in Virginia to receive advanced certification for palliative care
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval recognizes Massey’s and CHoR’s commitment to providing the highest level of care for patients with serious illnesses.
$10 million gift bolsters research and recruitment at VCU Pauley Heart Center
The Pauley Family Foundation’s $5 million gift will be matched by the VCU Glasgow Endowment, creating a $10 million total gift to expand and enhance recruitment and research at the world-class cardiology program.
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU receives Diamond Jubilee medal
The medal honors CHoR’s specialty pediatric care to St. Vincent’s smallest citizens – more than 75 percent of whom suffered from pediatric heart conditions.
VCU Medical Center implants telescope for macular degeneration
Physicians at the medical center are the first in Virginia to successfully implant a telescope in a patient’s eye to treat the leading cause of blindness in older Americans.
VCU receives grant to study novel therapeutic for tobacco cessation
Researchers from VCU will work with a pharmaceutical partner to develop a new avenue for treating nicotine dependence.
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU recognized as Level I trauma center
CHoR is the first pediatric trauma center in Virginia to earn the distinction.
VCU Medical Center offers LGBT-exclusive behavioral health clinic
The clinic aims to raise awareness of the unique mental health needs of the LGBT community and provide culturally sensitive training opportunities for young health care professionals.
Advanced Trauma Resuscitation Room opens
The only one of its kind in the area, the Advanced Trauma Resuscitation Room is uniquely designed to handle mass trauma events such as those caused by natural disasters, large-scale accidents and terrorist attacks.
Labor and Delivery Unit unveils new facilities
The renovated unit provides a family-friendly environment supported by a comprehensive team of experts.
VCU Medical Center receives achievement award from American College of Cardiology
The medical center is one of only 32 hospitals nationwide to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2013.
VCU receives $3 million grant to study genetic markers of chronic depression
Findings from the federally funded study may lead to a more tailored and improved treatment for depression.
VCU Medical Center honored for superior stroke care
The medical center was recognized for a fourth consecutive year by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
School of Nursing receives NIH grant to study chronic low back pain
Researchers will examine the influence of genetic factors on pain perception and how this may contribute to an increased risk of chronic low back pain.