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New pediatricians join local hospital

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH)– Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced that parents have greater choice than ever in finding a provider for their children’s health and wellness needs.

Pictured from left are pediatric providers Jixi He, MD; Jane Yoon, MD; Jennifer Prince, DO; and Jurian F. Kaunang, MD.

While recruiting providers — particularly in remote, rural areas like Ridgecrest — continues to be a widespread challenge in healthcare, “The good news is, we have been successful in recruiting several more pediatric providers,” said Dr. Jennifer Prince, Pediatric Medical Director of RRH.

The Southern Sierra and Rural Health clinics now offer three full-time pediatricians, one part-time pediatric nurse practitioner, five part-time pediatricians, and one pediatric cardiologist. These providers, who have chosen to build their lives and practices in our area, are a testament to their dedication to our community’s health. We are thrilled to be able to offer this level of choice and quality to our community,” said Dr. Prince.

“The challenges in recruitment, for us and every other medical facility, has been well documented. So I must credit Dr. Prince and the rest of our team here for their dedication and persistence in finding providers who are a good fit for our community,” said Jim Suver, RRH CEO.

Dr. Prince meticulously reviewed dozens of CVs and conducted in-depth conversations with each prospect to ensure that they were not only qualified but also a good fit for our community and the high desert life.

Watch future editions for profiles on new and continuing pediatric providers.

Suver and Prince also addressed concerns about the impact on pediatrics, given the recent suspension of labor and delivery.

“Our pediatric clinic will remain open to provide routine care for children and infants,” said Dr. Prince. “A pediatrician will also remain on call for those seeking treatment at the emergency department.”

In keeping with current clinic practices and procedures, Suver said that children needing hospitals will be transported to the closest children’s hospital to ensure their safety and access to specialist equipment, support, and physician care. Pediatric patients 12 years and older can still be admitted to RRH upon approval of pediatric providers.

To find a pediatrician, call 760-499-3846 or 760-446-6404. Information is also available at https://www.rrh.org/treatment-care/pediatrics/.