Expert pediatric care

At Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, our pediatric specialists strive to not only deliver the best care, but also the most compassionate child-friendly care. We strive to give our youngest patients as pleasant an experience as possible during their hospital stay.

Our pediatricians and nurses give your child and family the attention they deserve with our pediatric physicians and staff, on site, 24/7.

Our pediatric services

  • Pediatric Emergency Department with board-certified pediatric physicians on site 24/7
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with board-certified pediatric physicians on site 24/7
  • A dedicated floor for children and young adults with four PICU beds, including a negative pressure/isolation room, and eight general pediatric beds
  • Pediatric nurses who are all certified in advanced pediatric emergency care
  • Access to pediatric sub-specialists
  • On-site, full-service laboratory and point-of-care testing
  • Pediatric imaging, including MRI and CT
  • Pediatric neurodiagnostic services, including EEG
  • A playroom stocked with age-appropriate toys, games, books, movies and video games
  • A kitchenette stocked with child-friendly snacks and a refrigerator and microwave to prepare meals from home
  • 24/7 visitation for parents
  • Pastoral care upon request
  • Outpatient pediatric speech, occupational, and physical therapy
  • Wireless internet

Pediatric hospitalists

If your child’s pediatrician chooses to utilize the hospitalist services, a pediatric hospitalist will manage and direct your child’s care while they’re here, providing around-the-clock expert care. Our pediatric hospitalists will see your child each and every day that they are here with us, giving your child the attention they deserve.

Your pediatrician still plays an important role in caring for your child while they are hospitalized. Your pediatrician receives regular updates regarding your child’s plan of care and their progress, and when they are discharged, a pediatric hospitalist transitions your child’s medical care back to your pediatrician.

Pediatric emergency room

Time is precious and the last place you want to be is in an ER. But sometimes things happen – especially with children. When your child needs medical attention, we offer the pediatric expertise they require in a warm and caring environment.

The Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Pediatric ER provides a wide array of sophisticated testing and imaging technologies on-site. Our facility also features the latest in technology and imaging services including CT, X-ray, fluoroscopy and ultrasound testing.

Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

Our PICU enables us to give critically ill children, or those requiring close observation, the specialized care their condition requires. A team of pediatric intensivist physicians supervises the care of our PICU patients. These pediatric intensivists are available for referral 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Like our pediatric hospitalists, the pediatric intensivists will update your pediatrician on your child’s care and progress.

Child Life Specialist

The hospital can be a scary place for a child. Child Life Specialists are here to provide normalization to your child’s hospital stay by providing opportunities for coping through therapeutic and medical play. We focus on the emotional, social, and developmental well-being of your child, as well as support parents, siblings, and other family members involved. With the use of age-appropriate language and activities, we offer individualized preparation and distraction before, during, and after procedures, tests, and surgery. Our goal is for you and your child to have a positive hospital experience with as little fear and anxiety as possible.

For more information, please contact:

Megan Chewning, MSEd, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Phone: (804) 289-4532

Meet Our Medical Directors

Dr. Kevin Connelly
Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Department

Kevin Connelly, MD, completed his Pediatric residency at VCU and has been full time in Pediatric Emergency Medicine since 2000. Previously, Dr. Connelly served as the Assistant Medical Director at the Chippenham Pediatric ED, where he was involved with peer review chart evaluations and pediatric education for the ED staff.

Dr. Connelly is now the Medical Director of the Pediatric ED at Henrico Doctors' Hospital. He and the pediatric ED staff hope to create a caring, convenient environment that parents consider the premiere destination for urgent and emergent pediatric care in Richmond's West End and beyond.

Pediatric Emergency Department
Henrico Doctors' Hospital 1602
Skipwith Road Richmond, VA 23229

Dr. Ronald Flaster
Medical Director, Pediatric Hospitalists Program

Ronald Flaster, MD, FAAP, joined Henrico Doctors’ Hospital as Medical Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program in 2014. He is a board certified pediatrician with a strong focus on pediatric hospitalist and emergency care.

Prior to joining Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Dr. Flaster was Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Services at Sheridan Healthcare. Before joining Sheridan, he was the Assistant Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist/ED program at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, the first Pediatric Hospitalist program in the Stamford area, and also established a pediatric AIDS clinic at the facility.

Dr. Flaster received his board certification after attending the University Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. He completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Flaster recently served on Dr. Broselow’s advisory board for the development of his computerized based dosing system and related CME courses.