August 29, 2016
RENO, Nev. (August 29, 2016) – The William N. Pennington Foundation recently announced a gift of $7.5 million to Renown Health Foundation—the largest gift the health system has received—to improve the health and well-being of families in the region and establish the William N. Pennington Fund for Advanced Pediatric Care.

In Washoe County, there are 96,000 children under the age of 18. The William N. Pennington Foundation recognized the need for this substantial support as many sick or injured children in northern Nevada travel to other states for specialized care that isn’t typically available in a community of our size.
“Keeping kids and families in our community healthy is something Mr. Pennington was very passionate about,” said the William N. Pennington Foundation. “He believed in helping children and we are so pleased to see his values and spirit reflected in this contribution.”
While the national average of active pediatricians is 15 physicians per 100,000 people, there are only 9.6 pediatricians per 100,000 people in Reno. With this financial investment from the William N. Pennington Foundation, enough specialized pediatricians will be practicing in the community to allow Renown Children's Hospital and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, to apply for a pediatric residency program in the coming years. More pediatricians training in northern Nevada ensures there will be skilled pediatricians to care for our community’s smallest patients now and in the future.
“This generous gift from the William N. Pennington Foundation will allow Renown to give sick and injured kids the quality healthcare they deserve – at home, together with their families,” said Max Coppes, MD, Professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, and Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children’s Hospital. “Renown is already hard at work bringing specialists to our area with this gift including the recent hiring of a pediatric emergency medicine physician as well as a pediatric neurologist and pulmonologist who start in the coming months.”
Additional specialized pediatricians Renown is working to bring to the region include those in pediatric infectious disease, surgery, adolescent medicine, and pediatric pathology, as well as other essential subspecialties. The host of pediatric specialists this gift will bring to our area will impact thousands of children and their families.
Though many steps have been taken to pave the way to a healthier future for every child in the Truckee Meadows, the plan requires considerable resources and collaboration. Thanks to the generous support of donors, Renown will continue to work closely with the University of Nevada, Reno and several other nonprofit and social service agencies to address the health access challenges in our community.
Renown Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in northern Nevada, and offers a variety of programs and services designed specifically to care for the community's families. It has the region’s only Children’s ER and Pediatric ICU. Renown Children’s Hospital is the only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in the region and local CMN Hospitals' programs and events directly benefit children in the Truckee Meadows. It is also the only hospital in the region affiliated with CHA (Children’s Hospital Association). For more information, visit

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