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New pediatric specialist provides 24/7 care for cancer patients



castaneda-214x300-9772562-1708951Renown Children’s Hospital welcomes Victoria Castañeda, MD, a full-time pediatric hematologist/oncologist. Castañeda is providing 24/7 physician coverage locally for children, their families and referring physicians.

“Renown Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce this expanded physician coverage, which means families can receive quality healthcare here at home,” said David Veillette, executive vice president of specialty hospitals at Renown Health. “Previously, there had been visiting physician coverage in the community just three days a week. Having Dr. Castañeda provide full-time coverage right here in Reno seven days a week is a tremendous resource for families in our community.”

Castañeda is board certified in pediatric hematology/oncology. She completed an internship and pediatric residency at Driscoll Foundation Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, an affiliate of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. Dr. Castañeda began her fellowship in hematology/oncology in 1987 at State University of New York and concluded her fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where she received additional training in hematopathology, a branch of pathology which studies diseases of cells originating from the bone marrow.

She practiced pediatric hematology and oncology at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville from 1993 to 2011. Most recently, Castañeda practiced those two specialties at Helen Keller Memorial Hospital in Sheffield, Ala.

Castañeda speaks fluent Spanish and Tagalog (Philippines). She said she is very excited to be practicing in northern Nevada and to be closer to family in the region. In her free time, Castañeda enjoys gardening, arts and crafts and fishing.

Renown Children’s Hospital is the continuing leader in children’s healthcare. Among its offerings are Children’s Specialty Care and the Children’s Infusion Center.

About Renown Children’s Specialty Care
Renown Children’s Hospital has the only Children’s Specialty Care in the region that treats children and adolescents with cancer, including leukemia, solid tumors, brain tumors and diseases of the blood, kidneys and lungs. Specialized physicians, including a full-time pediatric hematologist/oncologist, provide care right here in our community.

Children’s Specialty Care services include the region’s only Children’s Infusion Center, board-certified pediatricians and specially trained critical care pediatric nurses, chemotherapy, certified Child Life Specialists, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, pediatric clinical trials, medication management, X-Ray and Imaging, counseling and support groups, patient consultations and follow-up care and Cystic Fibrosis Program.

If Children’s Specialty Care is the right treatment for a child, parents may inquire about having treatment authorized through their insurance carrier, even if Renown Health is not contracted with their insurance. Children’s Specialty Care is contracted with most local insurance providers. It is only available at Renown Children’s Hospital, so a referral may be required. Contact your insurance provider for details.

Renown Health, Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit integrated health network, is home to the region’s only NACHRI-affiliated Children’s Hospital; the region’s only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals; the region’s only Children’s ER; the region’s only Wilbur D. May Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the largest Neonatal ICU in northern Nevada; The John and Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden; northern Nevada’s only Cystic Fibrosis Program; and the region’s only Children’s Specialty Care center, treating patients with tumors, cancer, blood disease and other major illnesses.

For more information and to follow the hospital’s progress, visit renown.org/children.

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