Pennington Foundation Grant Continues to Expand Pediatric Services for Our Communities

March 14, 2018

Thanks to the Pennington Foundation’s $7.5 million donation made in 2016, the past year has been another excellent year for pediatrics in our community. While in 2016, we recruited six new pediatricians to Renown Children’s Hospital (RCH), in 2017 we were fortunate to recruit eight additional pediatricians. In addition, we have seven more coming onboard in 2018 and will continue recruiting several others.

We are proud to continue expanding our pediatric services to help keep care close to home for our littlest patients.

Pediatricians added in 2017:

  • New Renown Medical Group providers:
    • One pediatric hematologist/oncologist: Dr. Martin Johnston, who also serves as the Division Chief of Pediatric hematology/Oncology
    • One adolescent medicine physician: Dr. Karen Browner-Elhanan, who helps prepare for an envisioned pediatric residency training program in Reno
    • One pediatric endocrinologist: Dr. Kathryn Eckert, who serves as the Section Chief of Pediatric Medical Specialties
    • One general pediatrician: Dr. Jose Cucalon
  • New providers associated with Renown Children’s Hospital:
    • Three pediatric intensive care physicians: Dr. Aida Field-Ridley, Dr. Courtney Petersen and Dr. Maria Enrione, who helps prepare for an envisioned pediatric residency training program in Reno
    • One pediatric hospitalist: Dr. Rami Kharrubi

Pediatricians already added in 2018:

  • New Renown Medical Group providers:
    • One general pediatrician: Dr. Lauren Sandefur
    • One pediatric Infectious Disease specialist: Dr. Sara Healy
    • One pediatric pulmonologist: Dr. Shipra Singh
  • New providers associated with Renown Children’s Hospital:
    • One part-time pediatric psychiatrist: Dr. Jeremy Matuszak, who serves as the Division Chief of Pediatric Behavioral health.

Pediatricians confirmed for 2018:

  • New Renown Medical Group providers:
    • One pediatric nephrologist: Dr. Elie Firzli (April 2018)
    • One pediatric endocrinologist: Dr. Anamaria Manea (September 2018)
  • New providers associated with Renown Children’s Hospital:
    • One pediatric neonatologist