Sierra Nevada Family Medicine

Residency Program

Our Rural Training Program has Successfully Launched


New Residents at Gala

Photo: (Center) Dr. Glenn Gookin, MD, Residency Program Director, welcoming our first two residents at the Inaugural Summer Residency Gala. New residents (Left) Nicholas Sparr, originally from Beaverton, Oregon and (Right) Kelty White, originally from Truckee, California.  


After years of meticulous planning and strategic capacity building, the Sierra Nevada Family Medicine Residency Program has achieved a significant milestone with its official launch. Earlier this summer, the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation proudly hosted the Summer Residency Gala, an event dedicated to commemorating this remarkable achievement. The gala served as a platform to bring together essential partners, generous donors, Hospital representatives, Chapa De Indian Health staff, and esteemed community leaders to celebrate this pivotal moment.

The event was highlighted by a momentous welcome ceremony, which introduced the inaugural two physician residents embarking on their training journey within the program. Dr. Nick Sparr and Dr. Kelty White have the honor of being the first participants in this rural residency initiative. Dr. Sparr hails from Bend, Oregon, while Dr. White comes from Truckee, California.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation's commitment to the program was fortified by significant grant funding secured several years ago. Recently, a fundraising campaign was undertaken, successfully amassing $300,000 to establish a program of excellence. Sandra Barrington, Executive Director of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, announced during the gala, "We are thrilled to declare that we have not only achieved but surpassed our fundraising goal for the program this year." Barrington added, "When combining grant funding with the remarkable support of our community, SNMH Foundation has raised a total of $1.1 million for the program so far. Our dedication to post-graduate medical education remains unwavering, ensuring the enduring success of the program in our community."

The Sierra Nevada Family Medicine Residency Program is poised to make a lasting impact on medical education and healthcare within the region. The gala marked the initiation of a new era, as the program sets out to nurture and empower future medical professionals to serve the community diligently.

About Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital:

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is a leading healthcare institution dedicated to providing exceptional patient care, advanced medical treatments, and comprehensive health services to the community it serves. With a commitment to excellence and compassion, the hospital strives to enhance the well-being of patients and their families.

Sierra Nevada Family Medicine Residency Program:

The Sierra Nevada Family Medicine Residency Program is an integrated rural training program based out of the Dignity Health Methodist Hospital of Sacramento Family Medicine Residency Program. Residents will complete their intern year at Methodist Hospital and Mercy Family Medical Clinic in Sacramento, CA. In their 2nd and 3rd years, residents will train in the beautiful, historic town of Grass Valley, CA at Chapa-De Indian Health Clinic, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, and local subspecialty outpatient offices.

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