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Thomas Graf, MD, FAAFP Chief Executive Officer, Chief Clinical And Quality Officer, Renown Health
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Sy Johnson, MBA PRESIDENT
Sy came to Reno from PeaceHealth in Vancouver, Wash. where he served as Chief Executive Officer for the Columbia Network. In his role at Renown Health, Sy oversees operations at Renown Regional Medical Center, Renown South Meadows Medical Center and Renown’s network services. A national award-winning senior executive with over 20 years of healthcare experience, Sy has a solid background in strategic, operational and financial business planning; physician relationships and clinical integration; as well as a keen focus on quality and patient service enhancement.
Ann Beck, MBA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ann offers more than 20 years of experience building and leading high-functioning, engaged teams. She is a practiced healthcare finance leader with 13 years of CFO experience. She has been instrumental in her service to the Acute Care Division, Revenue Cycle, and Health Information Management before her promotion to system Chief Financial Officer. She is deeply experienced in advising and guiding corporations through complex restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, process improvement, and debt financing. Ann joined Renown in 2018. Before her work at Renown, she was the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Carson Tahoe Health System. She restructured existing debt and structured new money issuance to reduce both cost of capital and balance sheet risk. Ann also championed an orthopedic service line improvement project, resulting in reduced length of stay and supply costs.
Chris Bosse, CHIEF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICER
Chris Bosse has worked in healthcare and for Renown Health for more than two decades. As Chief Government Relations Officer for Renown Health, Chris is responsible for developing strategic relationships between Renown Health and government and community bodies. She is also responsible for educating federal and state legislators, government, and community leaders about healthcare and the issues that put Renown's services at risk. Before her role in government relations, she focused primarily on financial projects as Vice President of Finance for Renown Regional Medical Center and Vice President of Financial Operations for Renown's Integrated Health Network. This included traditional financial responsibilities such as financial reporting and budgeting to more healthcare-specific obligations such as reimbursement, medical records, admitting, social services and case management. She serves on the Nevada Hospital Association, HealthInsight Nevada, HealthInsight Management Corporation, HealtHIE Nevada, and Northern Nevada HOPES boards.
Paul Harris, CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL
Paul R. Harris serves as the Chief Legal Officer for Renown Health. Paul is responsible for providing legal counsel and guidance to the health system, advising senior leadership on legal matters, and supervising the health network's representation in legal proceedings. Paul served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at CentraCare Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system in St. Cloud, Minn. He has more than 30 years of legal experience, including oversight of legal and compliance, government relations, risk and team management, as well as serving in private practice. Paul is a member of numerous professional associations and currently serves as counsel and advisory on several professional and community boards.
Suzanne Hendery, MA, APR CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Suzanne joined Renown Health from Baystate Health in Springfield, MA, one of the country's top integrated health organizations. As a seasoned healthcare executive, she partners with clinicians, colleagues and community members to listen and collaboratively develop programs, communications and experiences that exceed their expectations. At Renown, she advances the organization's strategy and mission by growing reputation, engagement, loyalty, referrals and volumes in conjunction with her marketing, internal and external communications, web/digital/social media and media relations team. Suzanne has over 25 years of business strategy experience, including marketing, program development, collaborative innovation through branding and digital strategy, customer experience design, and team member and customer engagement. Suzanne earned her Master of Arts in Marketing Communications from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor's degree in Media Systems and Management from Westfield State University in MA. She is a guest lecturer at Harvard University's Masters in Management program, the American Marketing Association Health Care Executive Board, and the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development.
Rahul Mediwala, MD CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, HEALTH SERVICES
Rahul Mediwala, MD, is a nephrologist and physician executive who has been with Renown Medical Group since 2008 with a focus on driving operational efficiency and quality. He initially joined Renown to lead the nephrology program and as a Medical Director for the dialysis unit. He is now the Chief Medical Officer of the Health Services Division. Over the years, Dr. Mediwala has taken on various leadership roles throughout the health system, such as the Chair of Medical Specialties and Chief Medical Officer for the Renown Accountable Care Organization.
Dr. Mediwala has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in biomedical engineering and a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Before coming to Renown, he served as chief resident for Internal Medicine at University Hospitals in Cincinnati and subsequently completed a nephrology fellowship in Cincinnati. He also practiced with a large nephrology specialty group in Ohio.
Melissa Piasecki, M.D. Chief Academic Officer Renown Health
Dr. Melissa Piasecki holds the dual role of Chief Academic Officer for Renown Health and Acting Dean for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Her role reflects the institutional partnership and oversees the integrated clinical education and clinical research enterprises shared by Renown Health and the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Piasecki brings 26 years of experience in academic medicine leadership and dedication to the education of students and residents. In her joint position with Renown Health, she works as a member of the leadership team to advance our shared vision of “A Healthy Nevada.”
Chuck Podesta, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Charles (Chuck) Podesta has more than 37 years of experience working in information technology (IT), 26 of which he served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at healthcare organizations across the country, including at the University of California Irvine Health, University of Vermont Health Network, Steward Health in Texas and Berkshire Health System in Massachusetts. Chuck joined Renown Health from the University of Connecticut Health System.
As CIO of Renown Health, Chuck leads our patient-oriented IT teams and develops technological innovation strategies that drive financial and quality improvement. In addition to his strategic involvement leading healthcare IT organizations at academic medical centers, health systems and community hospitals, Chuck also brings expertise in spearheading programs and solutions related to cybersecurity, virtual care and analytics.
Chuck is an avid marathon runner for various charities including cancer research, Multiple Sclerosis, Teams for Kids, Alzheimer’s and other rehabilitation programs across the country. He has completed the Abbott Six-Star World Major Marathons which include Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin and Tokyo.
He volunteers for Catholic Charities USA and is active in his church. In addition, Chuck is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society as well as the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Society for Information Management.
Gregory Walaitis, MA CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Greg Walaitis has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, board development, fundraising and donor stewardship. As Chief Development Officer, Greg works alongside the Renown Health Foundation Board Chair and Renown's leadership team to guide and drive philanthropy while creating a culture of giving and executing Renown's strategic plan. He joined Renown from Sutter Health, where he served as Executive Director and managed $55 million in donor assets for Sutter Sacramento, Sutter Davis and Sutter Solano Medical Centers. Greg started his career at Arizona State University and served at Fresno State and Trinity Health in advancement positions. Greg has raised significant philanthropic dollars to support many clinical services, programs, technology and equipment. One partnership stands out, Sophie's Place music therapy program with Steve Young's foundation. Greg earned both his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Arizona State University. He is an active member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He and his wife, Karen, have two children (Megan and Derek), both in college. In his free time, Greg coaches lacrosse as a volunteer for the UNR Men's Lacrosse club team.
Renown Health Board
Adam Kramer, Chair
Board of DirectorsThe Renown Health Board is responsible for the entire health network including strategic direction and approval of capital and operating budgets.
Pictured (left to right):
Back row: Todd McKenzie; Blake Smith; Adam Kramer; Steve Johnson; Alvaro Devia, MD; Clifford Deveny, MD; Mike Peterson.
Front row: Harvey Fennell; Christi Matteoni, MD; Tammy Dermody; Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH; Jim DeVolld; Kim Cooney; Jeff Resnik; Joanne Olsen, PhD, RN.
Not Pictured: Mark Knobel; Marc Mora, MD; Eathan O'Bryant; Brian Sandoval.
Cliff Deveny, MD
Christi Matteoni, MD
Marc Mora, MD