Dr. Slonim brings over 15 years of executive healthcare leadership experience, in addition to being a physician, professor, author and fellow. Most recently, Dr. Slonim served as the executive vice president and chief medical officer for Barnabas Health in West Orange, N.J., overseeing all initiatives supporting the delivery of exceptional patient care including clinical care areas, accountable care initiatives and information technologies.
Dr. Slonim is on the forefront of healthcare innovation and has shaped the future of medicine for more than a decade. He is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and the College of Critical Care Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine Critical Care and Pediatric Critical Care and holds faculty appointments at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the Jefferson College of Nursing and Health, and is a tenured professor of Basic Sciences, Medicine and Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He also holds a master's degree and a doctorate in Administrative Medicine and Health Policy from George Washington University School of Public Health.
Dr. Slonim, who goes by Tony, has volunteered for the New Jersey Special Olympics Committee since 1992 and has been active in his community. He is board chair of the not-for-profit CMR Institute which offers expert healthcare training programs to more than 12,000 professionals annually and 75 healthcare companies nationwide. Outside of work, Dr. Slonim enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He avidly enjoys bicycling, eating healthy and cooking.
"When you combine a great organization like Renown and a great community like Reno, it was really an easy decision. The people I met and the ownership they feel for the health and well-being of this community stands out. These are people I want to work with and a place where I feel like I can make a difference for patients."
Dawn D. Ahner, MBA, CPA, FACHE, is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Renown with responsibilities for shared non-clinical service areas across the Renown health network including Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, Information Technology, Environmental Services, Security, Real Estate Services, and Strategic Planning and Business Development. In addition, Dawn oversees Renown’s transitional services division which covers the range of Renown’s post-acute continuum of care with hospice, palliative care, home care, and Renown Rehabilitation hospital.
Dawn has had a 23 year career with Renown and was the executive responsible for bringing LEAN into the organization. She trained in Japan and at Virginia Mason Health Care System before introducing the program to the organization in 2010.
“I am proud to work at Renown Health where we have a strong and long lasting commitment to provide healthcare to our community. Personally, Renown has provided me with incredible opportunities to learn and grow, and Reno has been a great place to raise my girls.”
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, Johnson oversees operations at Renown Regional Medical Center, Renown South Meadows Medical Center, Renown’s network services including service lines. He also oversees Hometown Health, Renown Health’s insurance division.
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.
“I was attracted to Reno for the opportunity to work at Renown, as well as for the beautiful and family-oriented environment and active outdoor life the region offers.”
Tripp comes to Renown from Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, Georgia where he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. An astute legal professional with 22 years of diverse practice experience including 14 years focused in health law, Tripp brings solid leadership in corporate governance and legal affairs within the healthcare regulatory framework.
In his role at Renown, Tripp provides oversight and guidance to all levels of the organization. He advises senior leadership on legal issues of importance to the health network’s operations and supervises the representation of the health network in all legal proceedings.
He is highly adept at counseling administration on business and legal matters, strategy and policy development, drafting and negotiating contractual arrangements, responding to HR matters, and achieving staff buy-in on change initiatives.
Tripp earned his Juris Doctorate from Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law. He is a recipient of the American Jurisprudence (AMJUR) Award in Legal Writing and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“Renown has a well-earned reputation as a community-focused, collaborative health system. I moved across the country to have the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful, forward-thinking organization.”
Dr. Ash-Jackson has more than 30 years experience in healthcare leadership and has been with Renown since 2005.
In her role as CMO for Hometown Health, Dr. Ash-Jackson is responsible for facilitating patient care and interacting with physicians to ensure the highest quality outcomes are achieved. She oversees the quality management, case management, and utilization review programs. She actively pursues the highest standards within the industry.
Dr. Ash-Jackson earned a medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia with distinction. She served her residency in internal medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, where she was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard University School of Medicine.
“It is all about doing the right thing.”
Dr. Bajo is board certified in internal medicine and anti-aging medicine and has been practicing in the Reno area since 1981.
Dr. Bajo provides strategic direction and oversight to Renown’s multi-specialty physician group practice. A key focus of his role is driving collaboration between employed and independent physicians.
Dr. Bajo also manages Renown’s Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Hospitalist programs.
In total, Dr. Bajo oversees more than 25 Medical Group locations and over 200 medical providers.
Dr. Bajo received his medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed his residency at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
“I am pleased to be working with the Renown team on the Triple Aim for health care: Improving patient experience; improving the health and quality of care of the populations we serve; and maximizing the cost effectiveness of the healthcare we deliver.”
Mark is responsible for smooth and efficient operations of Renown Medical Group and works to develop and foster effective collaboration between clinic operations, divisions, medical leadership and other affiliated services.
He has been with Renown since 2009 and has helped Renown achieve superb experience with patients. He has lived in Reno for more than 40 years and spends his free time being a dad to his three children, all of whom were born and raised in Reno.
Mark earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
“I have lived in Reno most of my life and have seen many changes over the years. What hasn’t changed is the beauty of the Sierra Nevadas, Lake Tahoe and the sense of community here in the “Biggest Little City.” I am extremely proud to be part of an organization that is working so diligently to inspire those within our community to live longer, healthier lives. There is no better place to work. There is no better place to live and raise a family.”
Chris Bosse has worked in healthcare and for Renown Health for 23 years. Chris currently serves as the VP of Government Relations for Renown Health and her responsibilities include strategic input and direction for developing and leading government relations and related community relations for Renown. In addition, she is responsible for educating federal and state legislators, government and community leaders about healthcare and what issues put Renown’s safety net services at risk.
Prior to her role in government relations her roles focused primarily in Finance and ranged in scope from financial projects to Vice President of Finance for Renown Regional Medical Center, at that time, a 538 bed level II trauma center, and Vice President of Financial Operations for Renown’s Integrated Health Network which included traditional financial responsibilities such as financial reporting, budgeting, etc. to more healthcare industry specific responsibilities such as reimbursement, business office, medical records, admitting, social services, case management, etc.
Chris is a Certified Public Accountant and prior to joining Renown, she worked for Ernst and Young. She serves on the Board of the following organizations: Nevada Hospital Association, HealthInsight Nevada, HealthInsight Management Corporation, HealtHIE Nevada, Access to Healthcare Network, The Chamber and Northern Nevada HOPES.
“When my family and I moved to Reno in 1991, we thought we would enjoy spending a few years in Reno while I got healthcare experience. 23 years later (and 2 children later – for a total of 3 kids), we can’t imagine living anywhere else… we made great friends and fell in love with the recreational opportunities and the community.”
Max Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA, most recently held the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Academic Officer for Renown Health.
Dr. Coppes came to Reno from the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Vancouver where he served as president with responsibility for six regional cancer centers and two cancer research centers.
In this joint leadership role as Physician-in-Chief for Renown Children’s Hospital and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine’s Professor and Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics, Dr. Coppes will help put children’s health at the forefront through the work of the Child Health Institute and numerous community partners.
In his role at Renown Children’s Hospital, Dr. Coppes completes the dyad model which is a national best practice. Partnering physician and administrative leadership further strengthens our focus on patients and better coordinates their continuum of care.
To bring additional pediatricians to northern Nevada, Dr. Coppes will initially focus on implementing a pediatric residency at Renown. His strong background will also attract subspecialists and expand clinical research opportunities in children’s health.
The new position was made possible through generous philanthropic support from the Nell J. Redfield Foundation along with investments by Renown and the School of Medicine.
“I believe in a better tomorrow for our children and their families.”
Wendy comes to Renown from KTVN Channel 2 where she held a long and distinguished career in the news industry. Serving as the station’s health reporter, Wendy has been a visible advocate in the local community for health and wellness issues including serving as Chief Promotional Officer for Each One. Tell One. – a local nonprofit that promotes early detection of breast cancer.
In this new role, Wendy advances Renown Health’s mission by cultivating relationships with community organizations. She is responsible for building strong grassroots engagement by increasing Renown’s visibility and program delivery. Additionally, Wendy collaborates to advance Renown’s public stance for health and health policy issues.
Wendy is a longtime Reno resident, graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with a major in journalism and Spanish. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast competing in triathlons and adventure races. She lives on a local ranch with her husband and two children.
“I love being a part of this community. I’m thrilled to be able to continue partnering with so many of you to improve the overall health of the Truckee Meadows.”
Larry comes to Reno from El Paso Children’s Hospital in El Paso, Texas where he served as Chief Executive Officer. With more than 25 years of experience at the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals, Larry brings visionary leadership, elevating the clinical, financial and operational performance of healthcare facilities.
In his role at Renown Children’s Hospital, Larry serves as the administrator in the dyad model, which is a national best practice for joint physician and administrator leadership. The goal in partnering these leaders is to strengthen the focus on patients to better coordinate their entire continuum of care, a key component of Renown Health’s strategic plan.
Larry earned his Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of various professional organizations including the American College of Healthcare Executives and Southwest Healthcare Executives Association. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and on the Alumni Review Panel at Rush University.
“I was drawn to Reno to be part of a healthcare system with a vision focused on not just providing healthcare to the community but enhancing the health and well-being of the community members, especially children. Ultimately improving the health and well-being of children will result in healthier adults and a more productive and prosperous community.”
Jo has extensive clinical and executive leadership experience in healthcare and is responsible for the Renown Institute for Cancer.
At Renown, Jo oversees strategic initiatives for cancer services for the great region that Renown serves. Those areas include cancer prevention, screening & diagnosis, care delivery, survivorship and palliative care. Her knowledge in collaborative and coordinated care systems brings a fresh look to Renown’s Institute for Cancer, where she works with other leaders and mentors them to reach their potential.
Jo joined Renown in 2015 from Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana where she served as the Administrative Director for the Cancer and Gastrointestinal Service Lines. Her responsibilities included the design and build of a 50,000 square-foot comprehensive cancer center, assuring cancer and GI outreach services and collaborating efforts with other regional cancer programs.
In addition, she was the administrative lead for the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Centers Program, a 7-year NCI project. She served on the Montana State Advisory Task Force addressing insurance coverage for patients on cancer clinical trials.
Jo is a graduate from the University of Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan where she earned a Bachelor’s degree and Madonna University where she earned Master of Science in Administration.
"Healthcare, especially cancer care, is my passion and has been a calling for me. Having the opportunity to work with the great physicians and wonderful staff at Renown Health is a privilege. My husband and I are excited to become a part of the Reno community and are looking forward to experiencing the wonderful surrounding region."
Ron has been delivering strategic plans for complex healthcare systems and other industries since 1996 and has been a Vice President and Chief Information Officer since 2008.
Ron oversees Renown’s information technology team and focuses on improving patient care with the adoption of technologies. He is responsible for the planning, implementation and supporting the computerized information systems and communication systems throughout the health network. He is an active member on several boards including chairing the Toshiba Image Technology Review Board, which provides industry knowledge and experiences to enhance future technology offerings.
Ron has been a VP and CIO at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey as well as Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Central Connecticut State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
“The quality of care we provide is outstanding. It’s my job to make sure the technology we use across the health system is up to those same high standards and I take pride in leading that charge every day.”
Dr. Galanopoulos is a practicing surgeon who is also Vice President and Medical Director Renown Institute for Cancer, and a member of the Senior Management team at Renown Health. He has more than 20 years experience in the medical field and healthcare leadership.
His role is to use his unique skill set as a clinician in combination with his business education to help deliver the best possible cancer care for the region.
Dr. Galanopoulos earned a Masters degree in Health Economics, Policy, and Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Doctor of Medicine from Rush University, and a Bachelor of Science and Biology from Loyola University Chicago. He is presently completing his MBA at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
“I’m honored to represent the senior management team to our physician leaders as well as to our patients. Understanding the community needs within the region is key to our success as an organization, and I feel Dr. Slonim has put together the right team at the right time during the most dynamic time in Renown’s recent history.”
Kirk has been an innovator in the insurance services and healthcare industry for more than 35 years, including executive responsibilities with insurance claims administration and technology companies, and senior leadership roles with national managed care organizations. He joined Renown Health in 2007 tasked to build northern Nevada’s largest occupational health and medicine program for workers compensation clients. Kirk currently oversees Renown’s TeleHealth program and Renown Accountable Care.
Kirk has already served multiple terms as Board President of the Northern Nevada Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), and was recently recognized by Nevada Business Magazine as the 2013 Healthcare Hero Honoree in the Innovation category.
Although born and raised in southern California, Kirk and his wife raised four children in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
“Relocating is never easy, but this Sierra Nevada community feels like home and we truly enjoy the friendly people, mountains and abundant recreational opportunities.”
Derrick comes to Renown Health from Tahoe Pacific Hospitals in Reno where he served as Chief Executive Officer. In his role at Renown, he oversees the Transitional Care division, including hospice, palliative care, home care, assisted living, skilled nursing, therapies and rehabilitation.
With more than 10 years of healthcare experience, Derrick has a strong background focused on skilled nursing, rehabilitation and hospice care facilities.
Derrick earned his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University in Salk Lake City, Utah, and his Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
“It’s a privilege to be in a position that can so greatly affect the lives of so many northern Nevadans. I am grateful to work closely with our community to raise the bar of healthcare delivery for all we serve. Northern Nevada is my home, I will work to treat it as such.”
Dr. Kozlowski is board certified in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease and has been serving patients for more than 25 years.
With Renown, Dr. Kozlowski is engaged in strategic planning, business development, quality/performance improvement, technology assessment and value analysis for the Institute.
He’s also the Medical Director for Renown’s CV program, leads the clinical quality function for cardiovascular care and is the leader for employed cardiologists.
Previously, Dr. Kozlowski was the Associate Medical Director and Dyad Manager at Overlake Medical Clinics in Bellevue, Wash. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Staff and Interventional Cardiologist at Snowqualmie Valley Hospital in Snowqualmie, Wash., as well as a major in the United States Army Medical Corps.
Dr. Kozlowski earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Washington. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo., and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology as well as the American Society of Angiography and Intervention.
“Healthcare is undergoing radical change. I'm excited as I transition into a leadership role in a progressive organization like Renown in order to help shape that change.”
Adam brings more than 20 years of experience to Renown. Most recently, he served as vice president of capital planning and operations, system facility services for Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas.
At Renown, he oversees a number of departments including Asset Development and Management, Capital Construction, Capital Management, Clinical Engineering, Facilities Engineering, Environmental Services, Real Estate and Security.
Adam earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. He also has a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University and received his Bachelor of Science in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Society for Healthcare Engineering and American Institute for Architects.
“I believe healthcare is a calling. It is a great honor to be afforded the opportunity to deliver the highest quality environment of care that serves the health needs of the Reno-Sparks community in a setting as beautiful as the Sierra Valley through an exceptional organization such as Renown Health.”
Melinda is responsible for providing direction and oversight of the Renown Health Corporate Compliance and Internal Audit Program.
Melinda identifies risks and ensures that Renown adheres to a strong code of ethics, principals and policies. Melinda also is the driver of education for employees, board members and physicians on the importance of corporate compliance in the workplace.
Melinda came to Renown with more than a decade of work experience at the University of Arizona Health Network in Tucson, where she began her career as a corporate compliance officer and eventually was named associate general counsel.
She has a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing, both from the University of Arizona. She also is certified in both procedural code and healthcare compliance.
“I arrived to Renown in October 2014 with the goal of implementing and sustaining a comprehensive and top-notch Compliance Program. I have confidence this goal will be accomplished with Renown’s caring providers and staff, talented leadership team and dedicated board members. It really is an exciting time to be at Renown — an organization that makes a positive difference for all people!”
As a Certified Fund Raising Executive with 15 years of hospital development experience, Joel and his team at Renown Health Foundation work to build partnerships that elevate healthcare for our community.
The Foundation and its supporters have funded marvelous projects at Renown, including the William N. Pennington Nursery, the Wilbur D. May Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the John and Sue Dermody Children’s Healing Garden and the David and Judy Hess Children’s Imaging Center. Community philanthropy also fuels efforts in nursing education, medical technology, healing arts and patient assistance.
When he's not working with Renown's family of donors and volunteers, Joel can be found training in the martial arts or serving the community as the Reno-Sparks Area Governor for Rotary International. He is past president of three local boards, teaches development classes at the University of Nevada, and was named AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2010.
“I’m proud to live here and watch the ways our volunteers, physicians and donors collaborate to help Renown Health provide even better care for our families and neighbors. Our community’s caring and generous spirit makes difference for our patients every day.”
With 15 years in healthcare, Erik joined Renown following previous executive leadership roles as Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer and most recently as Regional Vice President of Operations of United Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.
Erik’s experience provides him a strong background in not-for-profit healthcare and expanding services beyond simply caring for illness and injury to improve the overall health and well-being of the community – a centerpiece of Renown Health’s mission. Additionally, Erik excels in building physician relationships as well as developing and redesigning care to match resident needs.
Erik received his Master of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served our country in the Army National Guard for eight years.
Native to Wisconsin, Erik enjoys the outdoors, golfing and traveling. He’s also a coach for kids’ sports teams. He is married and has two young children.
"There is a positive energy throughout the hospital, organization and the community. Renown is a great place to work because of the services offered, the care provided and the role the organization plays in the Reno/Sparks-Lake Tahoe community."
Jen has been with Renown since 1999 and oversees quality throughout the Renown Health system.
Her areas of responsibility include regulatory compliance, clinical excellence, patient safety, risk management, environmental safety, infection control and process improvement.
Jen started at Renown as a nurse for neurosciences. She has also been a nurse educator, clinical nurse specialist, director of Nursing Education, and the director of Transformational Health Care, a method that puts the patient at the center of care and staff at the center of the improvement process.
She attended the University of Nevada, Reno and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as and her post-master certificate as a nurse educator. In 2009, she earned her doctorate in nursing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“Right now there is a lot of awesome work going on within the individual entities, now we need to pull it all together and create an overarching approach to quality, outcomes and experience for patients. That is what I’m most excited about.”
MMichelle joined Renown Health in 2002 and has been the vice president of Human Resources since 2008. She has more than 20 years of HR leadership experience and 14 years have been in healthcare. Prior to joining Renown, Michelle was living in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked in consulting and financial service industries.
With a bachelor's degree in political science and justice studies from Frostburg State University in Maryland, Michelle earned her master's degree in human resource development from Georgia State University in Georgia. She is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR) and a Senior Professional Human Resources Credential (SHRM-SCP) who loves working with such a dedicated group of individuals committed to making a genuine difference for our patients and our community.
Michelle’s involvement with the community includes serving on the boards for Nevadaworks, Education Alliance, and Nevada Association of Employers. She is an advisory board member for Western Governor’s University (WGU), and teaches Human Resource courses through UNR extended studies. Having lived in other areas of the country, she is proud to call Reno home.
“It’s a wonderful community with so many outdoor activities, and it’s been a great place to raise a family.”
Bethany is responsible for Strategic Planning, Program Development, Payer Contracting, and Decision Support. Her work entails planning, alignment, and execution of Renown’s key initiatives in support of delivering on our vision and fulfilling our mission within the community.
For more than 10 years, Bethany has been a healthcare support services leader and has previously led her teams to national recognition for top performance in revenue cycle.
Bethany has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Western Washington University.
She worked at Renown previously from 2004-08 and most recently served as Vice President of Revenue Cycle.
“If you’re not passionate about it, why do it? Every day I get the opportunity to do that which I am most passionate about, make a genuine difference in my community!”
Henry comes to Renown from Mercy Rockford Health System in Rockford, Illinois where he served as Senior Vice President and Co-Chief Financial Officer. In his role at Renown he is responsible for oversight of Renown’s financial teams and the organization’s long-term fiscal viability.
As a senior healthcare executive with more than two decades of experience, Henry has demonstrated success in financial, operational and stewardship leadership for hospitals, physicians and managed care environments. He is a collaborative team builder who has served as lead staff member in support of Board committees including finance, investments and audit.
He earned his Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an Advanced Member of the HealthCare Financial Management Association, and is active in several professional organizations.
“Renown Health has clearly identified itself as the healthcare leader in northern Nevada. The entire organization promotes high quality care in a friendly atmosphere. I am proud to be a part of the organization.”
Ty is the Vice President of Hometown Health, the insurance division of Renown Health. In this role, Ty oversees all aspects of Hometown Health, the region’s largest and most experienced health-insurance company servicing more than 100,000 people. In addition Ty works directly with other Renown Health entities to develop products and strategies to fulfill Renown Health’s purpose.
Ty joined Renown Health in 1995 upon graduation from University of Nevada, Reno. Over the past 19 years he has held several positions within the company, most recently serving as Vice President for Business Development. Ty has received several local business and civic awards and recognitions, including the University of Nevada Distinguished Alumni Award and the Top 20 under 40 leadership list by the Reno Gazette Journal/Young Professionals Network.
Ty serves on the boards of the University of Nevada Alumni Council, Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Sierra Medical Services Alliance, Builders Association of Northern Nevada and Access to Healthcare Network. As a native Nevadan, Ty enjoys the outdoor activities the region offers and is an avid University of Nevada Wolf Pack fan.
“As a third generation Nevadan it is my desire to see our community prosper and thrive. Renown plays a significant role in the success of our community and I am proud to call both home. Working together we all are making a difference to make our community an even better place to live.”
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