New Executive Leader to Support Children’s Commitment to Pediatric Behavioral Health

Updated on September 24, 2023

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is pleased to announce a new executive leader to help strengthen behavioral health services for children and adolescents throughout the region. Following a national search, Renee Rafferty, M.S., LPC, has accepted the role of Children’s senior vice president of behavioral health. In this new leadership role, Rafferty will oversee the strategic growth and operations of critical behavioral health services, including the planned Behavioral Health & Wellness Center at Children’s.  

Rafferty comes to Children’s from Anchorage, Alaska, where she most recently has served as senior director of behavioral health services for Providence. First joining the health system as a mental health specialist, Rafferty has more than 20 years of leadership experience, helping Providence grow to be the most comprehensive provider of behavioral health services in the state. Her innovative approach to care led to the creation of a school-based therapy service, long-term residential treatment addressing complex trauma and the development of a much-needed crisis stabilization center.  

“Renee is the right leader at a pivotal time, as we seek to expand our behavioral health services to better address the pediatric mental health crisis impacting our region’s young people,” said Kathy English, Children’s executive vice president & chief operating officer. “We are confident that her rich experience building innovative, impactful programs, coupled with her heart for advocacy, will greatly benefit our patients, families, team and community.”

“I am honored to be joining a team that is dedicated to caring for its community through the continued development of a high-quality, innovative pediatric mental health service system,” said Rafferty. “As a passionate advocate for mental health and wellbeing, I look forward to working alongside the team and the community to improve the lives of children and families.”  

About Children’s Hospital & Medical Center  

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is the only full-service, pediatric health care center in Nebraska, providing expertise in more than 50 pediatric specialty services to children across a five-state region and beyond. Children’s is home to Nebraska’s only Level IV regional Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the state’s only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Children’s is recognized as a 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report, ranked among the best in the specialty Pulmonology. Visit us online at

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