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Reno Home to Two of the Nation's Best Physician Communicators

March 14, 2023

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Dr. Marie McCormack of Renown Medical Group and Dr. Daniel Spogen of University Health selected as Best in the Nation with 2023 “Excellence in Healthcare” Award from Professional Research Consultants

“One of the best I have ever seen.” “Prepared, thorough and tuned in to whole picture.” “Compassionate and listens.” “Wonderful.” “Excellent physician.” Always willing to congratulate successes, answer questions fully and in a way that I can understand and give good advice.” “Exceptional!” “You are knowledgeable, thorough, intelligent and compassionate.” “I love you. I thank you.” These are some of the comments made by patients regarding two Reno physicians lauded by Professional Research Consultants, a national firm that interviews patients following their physician and healthcare visits. 

The Excellence in Healthcare annual award honors physicians who demonstrate exceptional communications skills in their clinical practice, as awarded by their patients. Recipients of this award are ranked as Top Performers in the “Overall Doctor Rating” and rank in the 100th percentile nationally. Over 3 million patients responded to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CG-CAPHS) or Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient experience survey in 2022.

“We at Renown Health are so proud of Dr. Marie McCormack of Renown Medical Group and Dr. Daniel Spogen of University Health. As Excellence in Healthcare awardees, every one of their patients surveyed in 2022 gave them an A+. These physicians set the gold standard for excellent communications with patients, scoring in the top 1% nationally,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO for Renown Health. “We are honored that over 500 physicians and advanced practice providers of Renown Medical Group and University Health care for more than 200,000 patients annually at medical practices across Reno, Sparks, Carson City and in our rural communities of Fallon, Fernley, and Silver Springs. In 2022, 17,600 Renown Medical Group patients were surveyed by PRC; 83% of them ranked Renown Medical Group providers as a 9 or 10, the highest rating possible, for physician communication with patients, a key indicator of overall patient satisfaction.”

Marie McCormack, MD is a board-certified family physician with an emphasis on preventive health care. She has cared for thousands of patients, from the smallest of babies to golden agers in northern Nevada for 15 years. Dr. McCormack graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Kansas.  She currently serves as Medical Director of the Primary Care Group for Renown Medical Group, overseeing primary care for 18 medical offices and more than 70 primary care providers for the largest not-for-profit healthcare network in Northern Nevada. She previously served as the Medical Director for the Rural Clinics seeing patients in Fernley, Fallon, Silver Springs, and Carson City. Dr. McCormack has garnered the highest 5-star rating from over 1,359 actual patients and their comments can be read on the Renown “Find a Provider” website. See video of Dr. McCormack discussing her passion for patient care.  

Daniel Spogen, MD is also a board-certified family physician. He has a special interest and emphasis in sports medicine and has served thousands of patients and athletes over his 21 year career with University Health, assisting them with care, treatment, rehabilitation and training so they can return to their sport. Dr. Spogen also served as former Chair, Department of Family Medicine at University of Nevada School of Medicine for over 16 years. He completed his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Southern California and his residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in CA. More information about Dr. Spogen can be found at https://www.renown.org/find-a-doctor/daniel-spogen

“It is an honor to recognize Marie McCormack, MD, and Daniel Spogen, MD, of Renown Health with the Excellence in Healthcare Awards for their deserving work,” said Joe M. Inguanzo, Ph.D., President and CEO of PRC. “It takes true dedication and determination to achieve this level of excellence in healthcare and Renown has shown their commitment to making their hospital and medical practices a better place to work, a better place to practice medicine, and a better place for patients to be treated.”

To learn more about healthcare services or to schedule an appointment with a Renown Medical Group or University Health provider, visit mychart.renown.org or call our agents available by phone- Wed-Fri: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat-Sun: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 775-982-5000.

Renown Health is hiring! To join the Renown Health team visit www.renown.org/careers.

To learn more about the 2022 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, including eligibility and criteria, visit PRCCustomResearch.com

About PRC

PRC, a leader in the healthcare intelligence space with the most comprehensive healthcare discovery platform, is taking surveys to a new level. PRC’s surveys and intuitive reporting focus on changing the way organizations manage and improve five key areas of the healthcare experience—patient, physician, employee, community, and brand. Over 2,800 healthcare organizations across the United States have used PRC to listen, understand, and take action to create cultures of excellence. To ensure clients have access to leading practices, coaches, and learning resources, PRC is partnered with Healthcare Experience Foundation (HXF) to accelerate paths to excellence. The PRC healthcare discovery platform is a system designed to drive action, optimize engagement, and increase loyalty while building a positive culture across the healthcare ecosystem. www.PRCCustomResearch.com

About Renown Health

Renown Health is Nevada’s largest, 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 locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. To join the Renown Health team visit www.renown.org/careers

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