“The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma will be the focal point of a national movement to improve the level of pediatric trauma care available across the country.

We will assemble the right team to conquer this national crisis. The Childress family is committed to making the Childress Institute the leader in pediatric trauma care and will lead the charge on behalf of injured children everywhere.” — Richard and Judy Childress

When Richard and Judy found out that traumatic injury was responsible for the death of more children in the U.S. than all other causes combined and how little attention this crisis was receiving nationally, they knew they had to do something about it. The Childresses teamed up with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to launch the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. Their goal is to help save the lives of injured children throughout the U.S. and all over the world.

Distributed 100 Stop-the-Bleed kits and provided training to NC Schools

January 25, 2018

Provided funding for development of pediatric trauma toolkit to share with hospitals

December 5, 2017

Funded Advanced Burn Provider Course at Southern Region Burn Conference

November 2, 2017

Provided 25 scholarships in 2017 for EMS and athletic trainer pediatric trauma continuing education

October 20, 2017

Funded pediatric portable screening device to identify brain bleeds

October 6, 2017

Announced $100,000 pediatric trauma research grant to Dr. Duron at Columbia University

September 21, 2017

Held sports medicine course for EMS, youth football safety clinics in NYC and Atlanta

August 11, 2017

Launched Player Down! sports medicine training video and webinar

July 21, 2017

Moderated Pediatric Trauma Caucus Congressional briefing on virtual care

June 15, 2017

Unveiled mobile simulation lab to provide pediatric trauma training in eastern NC

May 10, 2017

Funded pediatric trauma dashboard report project from Childress Summit recommendations

March 7, 2017

Initiated Rural Needs Assessment research project as first step for establishing a virtual pediatric trauma network.

January 10, 2017

Launched free pediatric airway online course for NC EMS

November 21, 2016

Awarded first pediatric trauma device grant to 410 Medical

November 17, 2016

Produced video featuring RCR pit crews to show importance of having the right tools for pediatric trauma caregivers

November 4, 2016

Published Childress Summit II findings in Journal of Trauma announcing future research project focus

October 12, 2016

Funded EMS Scholarship at EMS World Expo 2016 in New Orleans, LA

October 7, 2016

Held sports medicine education and injured athlete simulation for EMS, athletic trainers and coaches

August 8, 2016

Featured on In America with James Earl Jones on PBS

May 27, 2016

Helped launch Pediatric Trauma Caucus in Congress with Reps. Hudson and Butterfield

May 24, 2016

Funded youth soccer head impact pilot study

February 2, 2016

Matthew Gfeller’s story featured in People Magazine, references research funded by Childress Institute

December 29, 2015

Launched Dillon Brothers 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament to the public

November 3, 2015

Partnered with The NASCAR Foundation to fund a pediatric trauma training course in Alabama

October 16, 2015

Held press conference with pediatric trauma survivor and NASCAR’s Austin Dillon to raise awareness

October 3, 2015

Jeff Hinshaw Presents Youth Sports Injury Courses to international audience at EMS World Expo in Las Vegas

September 18, 2015

Funded multi-year ATV intervention study and video to prevent injury

August 1, 2015

Founding member of the Four Corners Consortium to collaborate on research, prevention and treatment for kids injured playing sports

July 16, 2015

Partnered with Eddie Smith Foundation and Vidant Medical Center to improve rural pediatric trauma readiness

June 9, 2015

Hosted second Childress Summit of key pediatric trauma leaders in U.S.

May 18, 2015

Teamed with Matt Gfeller Foundation to fund Heads Up youth football clinics

May 16, 2015

Awarded second national research grant to Dr. Larry Cook at the University of Utah to study how EMS affect outcomes for kids with TBI

January 1, 2015

Launched #HelmetSelfie campaign with our famous friends to encourage kids to wear helmets

November 26, 2014

Austin Dillon and Cheerios visited Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

September 4, 2014

Childress Summit white paper published by Journal of Trauma

September 1, 2014

Christopher Budd endowment provides athletic trainer for youth football team

August 30, 2014

Robert J. “Bob” Gfeller named first full-time executive director

April 30, 2014

Launched national research grant application, awarded to Dr. Fred Rivara at the University of Washington

January 1, 2014

Partnered with The NASCAR Foundation to provide pediatric trauma medical education at Homestead Hospital

November 5, 2013

Published research project partially funded by Institute garners national news

July 18, 2013

Andrea Doud selected as second CIPT Scholar

July 1, 2013

Partnered with The NASCAR Foundation, the Joshua’s Friends Foundation, Safe Kids, police bike patrol and RCR to promote bike safety

May 9, 2013

Hosted Childress Summit of the Pediatric Trauma Society

April 21, 2013

Featured on Jeff Burton’s No. 31 Chevy for Martinsville race

April 7, 2013

AdvoCare launched season-long campaign to support Institute based on Austin Dillon’s race finishes

February 16, 2013

Launched national PSA featuring Richard Childress

August 1, 2012

Featured on Betty Crocker products at all Kroger grocery stores across U.S.

June 1, 2012

Joined Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS)

April 1, 2012

Hosted our first international pediatric trauma web symposium

February 23, 2012

Moved into new office at Wake Forest Biotech Place

February 1, 2012

Began partnering with the Matt Gfeller Foundation for its annual Doughnut Run

October 1, 2011

Named first CIPT Scholar, Dr. Alison Gardner

July 1, 2011

Started funding HITS pilot research study of head impact in youth football

July 1, 2010

Funded pediatric medical device study

November 1, 2009

Dr. J. Wayne Meredith (right) served as executive director July 30, 2008 – April 30, 2014, while maintaining his full-time duties at Chair of General Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

July 31, 2008

Childress family launched Institute with Wake Forest Baptist

July 30, 2008