Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer, Renown Health
A strategic, motivated, outcomes-oriented physician executive, Dr. Anthony Slonim serves as president and CEO of Renown. Dr. Slonim’s notable career spans complex healthcare systems from the federal government to the private sector, academic medicine and public health. He’s developed a national profile as an expert in patient safety, accountable care and healthcare quality.
With a focus on caring for patients and members, and a personal passion for population health, Dr. Slonim caught the healthcare industry’s attention by launching the Healthy Nevada Project®, the first population health study combining genetic, environmental, social and clinical data to address individual and community health needs. The Healthy Nevada Project, a collaboration with the global leader in environmental data, Desert Research Institute, and personal genomics company, Helix, is returning clinically actionable results to participants and conducting extensive research. As of November 2018, nearly 35,000 volunteer participants have enrolled.
Recognized nationally as a thought leader, Modern Healthcare has named Dr. Slonim to its Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders list. He has also been honored on Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Physician Leaders to Know” list since 2014. A quadruple board-certified physician, intensivist by training, and ACHE Fellow with more than 120 publications and 15 textbooks to his name, Dr. Slonim enjoys telling the Renown story on a national stage and is a two-time TEDx speaker. He was the inaugural editor-in-chief of Physician Leadership Journal and has received numerous awards for his service on both the local and national levels.
Dr. Slonim graduated from New York Medical College, served four years in the U.S. Public Service Commissioned Corps, and earned both his master’s and doctorate in public health and health policy from George Washington University.
Before joining Renown, Dr. Slonim served on the senior leadership teams for Barnabas Health in New Jersey, Carilion Clinic in Virginia and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Slonim chairs the American Hospital Association’s Systems Council representing more than 300 integrated health systems nationwide. He also chairs the Certified Medical Representatives (CMR) Institute, American College of Physician Executives’ Finance & Investment Committee, the Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities’ board and is a member of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) and High Fives Foundation which supports athletes with life-altering injuries.
"Nevadans have a love of state that’s unmatched. The passion they feel for their community’s well-being truly stands out. That shared commitment to improving both health and healthcare is key as we work to make a difference for the entire state."
Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer - Health Services
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. 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.”
Dawn D. Ahner, DSc, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer - Acute Services
Dawn D. Ahner, DSc, FACHE, is Chief Operating Officer — Acute Services at Renown. Dawn is responsible for the operations of the acute division, including Renown Regional Medical Center, Renown South Meadows Medical Center, Renown Rehabilitation Hospital and Carson Valley Medical Center.
Dawn joined Renown in 1993. Among her many accomplishments, she was responsible for launching Transformational Health Care at Renown — a model for continuous improvement based on the lean methodology. 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.”
Chief Government Relations Officer
Chris Bosse has worked in healthcare and for Renown Health for more than two decades. In her role as VP of Government Relations for Renown Health, Chris is responsible for developing strategic relationships between Renown Health and government and community bodies. In addition, she is responsible for educating federal and state legislators and government and community leaders about healthcare and the issues that put Renown’s services at risk.
Prior to her role in government relations, her roles focused primarily on finance and ranged in scope from financial projects to Vice President of Finance for Renown Regional Medical Center and Vice President of Financial Operations for Renown’s Integrated Health Network, which included traditional financial responsibilities such as financial reporting and budgeting to more healthcare-specific responsibilities such as reimbursement, medical records, admitting, social services and case management.
As a Certified Public Accountant, Chris worked for Ernst and Young prior to joining Renown. She serves on the board of the Nevada Hospital Association, HealthInsight Nevada, HealthInsight Management Corporation, HealtHIE Nevada 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. All these years later, and we can’t imagine living anywhere else. We made great friends and fell in love with the recreational opportunities and community.”
Nancy Bussani, MBA
Chief Development Officer
As Renown Health’s Chief Development Officer, Nancy partners with system leadership and the Renown Health Foundation Board to drive philanthropy, create a culture of giving and execute the system’s strategy for innovation and improved outcomes within the healthcare industry.
Nancy has over 20 years of experience in development, philanthropy, board development, fundraising and donor stewardship in a variety of settings, including private business, academic institutions, technology corporations and research foundations.
Nancy joins Renown Health from Dignity Health in San Francisco, Calif., the fifth-largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California. In this role she established a highly-respected Board of Directors and raised funds for strategic health initiatives. Prior to Dignity Health, she served as the Vice President of Advancement at San Jose State University and adjunct professor teaching Organizational Development in the College of Business.
Nancy earned her Master of Business Administration at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. and her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho.
"The opportunity to bring people together to make our northern Nevada community healthier and happier is something for which I’m very grateful. When we all invest in health, we make sure everyone can prosper. Coming to Renown and this beautiful region is like coming home."
Ron Fuschillo, MBA
Chief Information Officer
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 through adopting new technology. He is responsible for the planning, implementing and supporting information 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.”
Suzanne Hendery, MA, APR
Chief Marketing Officer
Suzanne joined Renown Health from Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass., one of the top integrated health organizations in the country. 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 strategy and mission of the organization 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 experience in business strategy, marketing, program development and 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.
“Dr. Tony Slonim, Dawn Ahner, Renown team members, and residents of Reno are working together in innovative ways to improve the health of this community and by doing so, are creating a stellar reputation for medical excellence and quality outcomes. I am thrilled to be a part of the Renown team and appreciate the opportunity to help bring these demonstrated best practices and extraordinary work to the attention of those around the country.”
L. M. “Tripp” Layfield III, JD
Chief Legal Officer
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 over 20 years of diverse practice experience, 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.”
Melinda Montoya, JD, CPC, CHC, CHPC
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!”
Hakeem Olanrewaju, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Hakeem has more than 20 years of financial leadership experience developing strategic financial plans and optimizing business operations. As Renown Health’s internal financial management expert, oversees revenue cycle, corporate services and supply chain operations while bringing in-depth knowledge of hospital operations including best practices for maximizing financial outcomes.
Prior to his position at Renown, Hakeem served as Senior Finance Officer of the Medical Group and Vice President, Regional Chief Financial Officer, Puget Sound Region for Multicare Health Systems in Tacoma, Washington. His past experience includes serving as Chief Financial Officer for Acute Care Campuses at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle and Chief Financial Officer for Financial Services in the Oregon region for Providence Health.
Hakeem earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from Seattle University and his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University.
“The impressive history of Renown’s commitment to the greater public good of the community is well documented. There is a feeling of pride of ownership and that pride is the primary source of energy and commitment by staff members I have had the pleasure to interact with. The organization has a community needs-based positioning strategy, coupled with a leadership team that truly cares about being good stewards of the community assets entrusted in their care."
Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Chief Human Resources Officer
Michelle 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.”