Renown Health just announced a new, digital tool designed to keep our community safe and healthy. Symptom Checker, which launched today, is a user-friendly, web-based platform that assesses patients’ symptoms and seamlessly directs them to the appropriate level of care within the Renown network. Symptom Checker can be accessed 24/7 by visiting Renown Symptom Checker. From there, a patient can identify the area of the body responsible for their discomfort, and specify their symptoms. Upon entering their symptoms, patients receive a detailed health summary and care guide, which helps them determine the most appropriate action to take. Patients are able to schedule a visit at a Renown location directly through the Symptom Checker portal. Patients experiencing a medical emergency should not use Symptom Checker and instead call 911. “Thanks to Symptom Checker, our patients will have around-the-clock support at their fingertips to help them make informed decisions about their healthcare needs,” said Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, President and CEO of Renown Health. “We understand that determining the right level of care for you or your loved ones may bring about some uncertainty, which is why we are proud to continuously offer new and innovative technologies that make it easier for our community members to live healthier lives.” “As we continue experiencing cases of COVID-19 in Washoe County, many individuals with COVID are unsure when they should seek medical care, as well as the appropriate location to receive care,” said Melodie Osborn, RN, Chief Quality and Nursing Officer, Health Services. “With Symptom Checker, people can easily input their symptoms, and include the symptom severity, to be directed to the best level of care for their individual health needs—making it an extremely valuable tool as we fight to keep our community safe and healthy amidst this pandemic.” Symptom Checker is free to use and does not require users to be Renown patients. In addition to nearly 200 children and adult symptom care guides, the platform also features 55 first-aid topics, 147 parenting advice topics, and 25 over-the-counter drug dosage tables for children and adults. The Symptom Checker content is written by medical doctors, Barton Schmitt and David Thompson, who are nursing triage experts; and symptom care guides stem from clinical protocols used by doctors and nurses worldwide. Evidence behind the Symptom Checker can be accessed here. For more information, or to use Symptom Checker, please visit Renown Symptom Checker. About Renown Health Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 7,000. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition and commitment to continually improve the care and the health of our community. For more information, visit renown.org.
Renown Health's Chief Human Resource Officer Recognized By Ragan Communications Among Top Women In HR And Wellness
Michelle Sanchez-Bickley was identified as the healthcare industry's only HR leader to receive this prestigious honor. Renown Health proudly announced today that its Chief Human Resource Officer, Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP was recognized by Ragan Communications and Workplace Wellness Insider for her leadership and innovation in human resources. Sanchez-Bickley joins an impressive list of more than 30 influential women around the nation selected as Ragan’s 2020 Top Women in HR Awards honorees, which recognizes female leaders who cultivate work environments where talent and business can thrive. Profiles of the winners appear online here. Sanchez-Bickley is the healthcare industry’s only HR leader to receive the accolade. “It is an honor to stand alongside such impactful leaders and represent the healthcare industry,” said Sanchez-Bickley. “As I reflect on 2020 and the many challenges and opportunities that came with it, I am reminded of the importance of effective human resources strategies to empower employees to not only overcome, but thrive amidst adversity.” “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michelle has played a critical role in helping us establish safe, enjoyable and effective working conditions for our more than 7,200 employees at Renown,” said Tony Slonim, MD, DrPh, FACHE, president and CEO at Renown Health. “This includes making the switch to long-term remote work for over 700 Renown employees after revealing improved employee satisfaction and productivity. Michelle’s constant innovation, mentorship and attentiveness to the needs of current and potential employees makes Renown a better place to work.” For nearly 19 years, Sanchez-Bickley has lead a wide range of improvements in employee recruitment at Renown. She implemented a chatbot to make it easier to connect qualified candidates to the recruitment team, and also established a new-hire pipeline with a nursing assistant apprenticeship program. Understanding the ultimate value of employee benefits, Sanchez-Bickley has identified many unique enhancements, including on-site career and rewards counseling sessions to maximize retention. She’s also made significant improvements to Renown’s employee assistance program, which offers employees and their families seamless connection to resources, support and guidance for nearly any life event. With a bachelor's degree in political science and justice studies from Frostburg State University in Maryland, Sanchez-Bickley earned her master's degree in human resource development from Georgia State University. She is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR) and holds a Senior Professional Human Resources Credential (SHRMSCP). In U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital rankings, Renown South Meadows Medical Center was listed #1 in the State of Nevada. Renown Regional Medical Center was named #2 Best Hospital in Nevada. A hospital's score is based on multiple data categories, including patient outcomes, safety and volumes. Hospitals earning a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average. Renown is currently recruiting outstanding employees at careers.renown.org. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally owned and governed, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,000 employees, Renown has fostered a longstanding culture of excellence, determination and innovation. The organization comprises a trauma center, two acute care hospitals, a children’s hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, a medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest, locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown’s institute model addresses social determinants of health and includes: Child Health, Behavioral Health & Addiction, Healthy Aging and Health Innovation. Clinical institutes include: Cancer, Heart and Vascular Health, Neurosciences and Robotic Surgery. Renown is currently enrolling participants in the world’s largest community-based genetic population health study, the Healthy Nevada Project®. For more information visit, www.renown.org. About Ragan Communications For more than 50 years, Ragan Communications has been delivering trusted news, training and intelligence for internal and external communicators, HR professionals and business executives via its conferences, webinars, training, awards, subscriptions and membership divisions. Its daily news sites—PRDaily.com, Ragan.com and Raganwellness.com —are read by more than 600,000 internal and external communicators monthly. Its Communications Leadership Council is one of the fastest-growing membership groups for communications executives. Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Insider is a new brand serving Wellness, HR and communications professionals at www.raganwellness. com and on Twitter and Instagram.