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Approval of New Pediatric Physician Residency Program Helps Improve Care for Children and Families in Nevada
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and Renown Health are pleased to announce the accreditation of a new three-year Pediatrics Residency Program with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The inaugural cohort of pediatric residents will start next summer, in July of 2023. The new residency will help shape future pediatric practices – and fill a state and nation-wide physician specialist shortage. Over a three-year period, four newly trained physicians will be selected each year for a total complement of twelve residents. “Creating a Pediatric Residency Program for our community has been a dream more than five years in the making,” says Max Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA, former Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at the UNR Med and pediatrician-in-chief at Renown Children’s Hospital. “Currently, UNR Med students interested in becoming pediatricians must leave the area to complete their residency training elsewhere. The William N. Pennington Foundation has paved the way for this program, which will create a pipeline of much-needed pediatricians for our state, especially in under-served and rural areas – to serve vulnerable children and families of Nevada with high-quality, affordable care.” The vision to grow pediatric services into a full-fledged children’s hospital with a robust academic department of pediatrics in Reno began in 2014 when Renown Health and UNR Med agreed to recruit an academic pediatrician who would serve both as Chair of Pediatrics at UNR Med and as Pediatrician-in-Chief of Renown Children’s Hospital. The Nell J. Redfield Foundation donated $1.5M towards this initiative and expressed the hope to see a pediatric residency program established for the community. After the recruitment of Dr. Max Coppes for this role in 2016, The William N. Pennington Foundation recognized the need for enhanced care and expertise for pediatrics and donated $7.5 million to Renown Children’s Hospital to establish the William N. Pennington Fund for Advanced Pediatric Care. Through these gifts, 100,000 area children now have access to more than 15 specialized pediatricians, including those specializing in oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology, emergency medicine, urology and other subspecialties previously lacking in the community, as well as a pediatric emergency room, pediatric ICU and contemporary healthcare services at Renown Children’s Hospital. Prior to 2016, about 30%of all pediatric patients had to leave northern Nevada to receive the specialty care they needed. Now, thanks to donor support, Renown estimates that 97% of all pediatric patients and their families can receive both general and specialty pediatric care locally. The next nearest children’s hospital in the state is 7 hours or 438 miles away in Las Vegas. Melissa Piasecki, MD, Acting Dean of UNR Med and Chief Academic Officer for Renown, explains, “Residencies are specialty training programs for doctors after they graduate from medical school. Before becoming licensed physicians, medical school graduates train for three or more years learning from more experienced attending physicians.” She adds, “This new residency is a tremendous step forward for the UNR Med and Renown Health affiliation – and for our entire community. This pediatric residency program advances a mutual commitment to recruit and retain skilled and compassionate physicians and healthcare professionals, improve access to healthcare and invest in clinical research that improves the health of this generation and the next. Within the UNR Med andRenown affiliation, we created an integrated Graduate Medical Education Consortium Council (GME-CC) to provide strategic oversight and growth of residency programs within the affiliation. In this agreement, UNR Med is the sponsoring institution for accreditation and Renown Health and the VA are the clinical training partners. The process moved so smoothly; within six months of the affiliation, the GME-CC voted to support a new pediatric residency. This is a great addition to our existing residencies at UNR Med, which include family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and provides our students with a great training opportunity in pediatrics.” Nevada faces a severe physician workforce shortage, ranking 45th in the nation for active physicians per 100,000 people. The physician workforce shortage is especially critical for pediatricians, with Nevada ranking 47th in the country with fewer than 10 pediatricians for every 100,000 people. The northern Nevada community is growing rapidly and Washoe County faces additional pediatrician shortages as local physicians approach retirement. “This new residency is an opportunity to train the next generation of pediatricians who will want to continue providing care in northern Nevada,” said Kristina Deeter, MD, MBA, FAAP, Interim UNR Med Chair of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief at Renown Children’s Hospital. “Our community continues to grow. This new pediatric residency-training program will allow Nevada to have a supply of outstanding, compassionate physicians, now and into the future. With our exceptional team of existing pediatricians, pediatric specialists, medical teams and support staff, we are committed to providing a comprehensive and rewarding educational experience for our trainees.” “It truly is a dream come true. We are indebted to the comprehensive team that has built the structure, recruited faculty to support the training program and successfully recruited a Program Director, Dr. Caroline Barangan, and Associate Program Director, Dr. Shilpi Garg, a 2012 UNR Med alumna,” says Lawrence Duncan, MS, VP and Administrator for Renown Women & Children’s Hospital. “Between now and summer 2023, we will add the foundational pieces needed to ensure the success of the program including recruiting a Chief Resident, ongoing faculty development and ensuring that all components are in place for recruiting, teaching, supervising and mentoring residents.” “One of the main obstacles for increasing the number of physicians to care for our growing community is the relative lack of pediatric residency programs in the state and the absence of a program in northern Nevada. Residency programs in pediatrics recruit and train students completing medical school and seeking residency training to become a pediatrician,” says Caroline Barangan, MD, Pediatric Residency Program Director, Renown Health and UNR Med. “Workforce research consistently shows that students who complete a residency tend to stay and practice in the communities where they completed their residency training program. For those who complete medical school and residency in the same place, over 75% stay to practice in that community.” “In August, recognizing the need to grow the state’s physician workforce in high-needs specialties, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the Office of Science, Innovation and Technology announced the funding of five graduate medical education residency and fellowship programs, including $870,433 for the UNR Med Pediatrics Residency Program,” said Christine Bosse, Chief Government Affairs Officer for Renown Health. “Nevada produces more undergraduate medical students than it has available residencies and fellowships. Additionally, Nevada lacks fellowships in some specialties that are of interest to students. As a result, many highly educated students must leave the state for further training at a time when they are beginning real-world application of their advanced education. We appreciate that the GME Grant funding will assist the state and our community, in attracting, educating and retaining more doctors for Nevada.” “This new community-based program will provide residents with a strong foundation in primary care pediatrics as well as broad, in-depth exposure to all pediatric subspecialties. This will create graduates equally well prepared for careers in general pediatric practice, service to the state’s rural and underserved communities or in academics," adds David Carlson, MD, UNR Med Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education, Designated Institutional Officer. “Through the program, pediatric residents will spend their 36-month residency focused on children’s care and complete a primary care-focused clinical training program with rotations that allow them to learn while caring for children in both inpatient and outpatient settings with supervising pediatricians and pediatric specialists at Renown Children’s Hospital.” “The Pediatrics Residency Program is a wonderful opportunity to continue a tradition of academic excellence alongside Renown Health’s record of clinical excellence,” said Brian Sandoval, President, University of Nevada, Reno. “This is one more way our affiliation, signed in 2021 to establish the first fully integrated health system in Nevada, is helping to expand clinical training and clinical research programs as well as improve access to clinical care for all Nevadans.” “We are proud to partner with UNR Med to bring this new residency program to our community,” says Thomas Graf, MD, interim Chief Executive Officer, Renown Health, “Attracting and retaining talent is a key component of our drive for excellence as a care leader and our mutual goal of improving the health of our community. We are fortunate to have the strong infrastructure necessary to create this program and a team of highly-skilled physicians who can train the next generation of pediatricians.” For the 2023 residency application cycle, UNR Med will participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and encourages applicants to visit the UNR Med GME website for more information. About UNR Med The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), Nevada’s first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Since 1969, UNR Med has trained more than 3,900 students, residents and fellows. UNR Med continues to improve the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit med.unr.edu. About Renown Health Renown Health is Nevada’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 6,500 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. Renown is currently enrolling participants in a community-based genetic population health study, the Healthy Nevada Project®.
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Voces De Cambio Viuda En Reno Inspira Una Nueva
Los hospitales de Renown se encuentran entre los primeros en el país en levantar las restricciones de visitantes para pacientes con COVID-19 y alentar a la familia a estar junto a la cama del paciente. El Dr. Dave y Darlene, verdaderos cazadores de tesoros, disfrutaban explorar tiendas de antigüedades y ventas de garaje para encontrar piezas antiguas dañadas o desechadas. Después de llevar el artículo a casa, Dave pasaba muchas horas raspándolo para limpiarlo, lijándolo y restaurándolo, hasta que relucía y se convertía en un mueble pulido, funcional y hermoso. Cada pieza de su hogar reaviva un recuerdo y tiene una historia que contar. El día de Acción de Gracias, cuando Dave estaba demasiado enfermo para reunirse alrededor de la mesa del comedor antiguo, Darlene llamó a la ambulancia. Dave había estado enfermo con COVID-19 durante dos semanas y no había mejorado. Cuando los técnicos de emergencias médicas llegaron a su casa y le preguntaron a Darlene qué condiciones preexistentes tenía, ella dijo, "todas". David estaba gravemente enfermo. Hospitalizado por COVID-19, sus opciones de comunicación eran limitadas. La única forma en que Darlene podía comunicarse con Dave era mediante una video llamada o por teléfono. Dave pasó 17 días hospitalizado en Renown Regional Medical Center en Reno. Darlene pasó 17 días esperando pegada al teléfono para obtener más información. Darlene dijo que tenía "días buenos y días malos", pero pensó que podría estar de regreso a casa, sentados en su mesa antigua para la cena de Navidad. David Ivan Randolph nació en Boston, Massachusetts el 29 de agosto de 1936. Creció en Roxbury y se graduó de la prestigiosa preparatoria Boston Latin Boys School. Obtuvo una licenciatura en psicología general, una maestría en Psicología experimental de la Universidad Northeastern y un doctorado en psicología y fisiología sensorial de la Universidad de Massachusetts, Amherst. Mientras estaba en la universidad, se unió al ROTC y al graduarse fue comisionado como Primer Teniente en el Cuerpo de Especialistas Médicos del Ejército. Después de una capacitación básica en la Escuela de Capacitación Médica de Fort Sam Houston, fue asignado como Capitán, Psicólogo de Investigación del Ejército de los EE. UU. División en Natick, Massachusetts. Durante los siguientes 30 años, realizó una investigación de la visión en Fort Knox, KY; Filadelfia, Pensilvania y luego con el recién construido Instituto de Investigación del Ejército Letterman (LAIR), División de Riesgos Oculares en el Presidio de San Francisco, CA. David continuó su investigación de la visión en LAIR hasta su jubilación en 1992 cuando el Presidio fue desmantelado. Los hallazgos de la investigación del Dr. Randolph sobre ceguera por destello y visión nocturna lo convirtieron en un presentador solicitado en conferencias de investigación en los Estados Unidos y en el extranjero. En un documental de PBS, fue entrevistado como parte del equipo que desarrolló unas gafas que protegen a los soldados del daño ocular del láser. El Dr. David Randolph perdió su batalla con COVID-19 el 13 de diciembre de 2020 y murió mientras dormía en una cama de hospital. Cuando Darlene escribió su obituario para el periódico, agradeció a las "excelentes enfermeras y médicos del Renown Regional Medical Center, por brindarle atención durante una época en que la familia no podía estar con él". Darlene deseó haber estado allí. Durante su matrimonio de 45 años, ella siempre había estado allí. Darlene dijo, "Siempre había estado junto a su cama, como su defensora, para ayudar a comunicar y aclarar las cosas". Como dietista registrada, trabajaba en hospitales y conocía el protocolo. Sabía que, al igual que los hospitales de todo el mundo, Renown había restringido las visitas de los miembros de la familia para detener la propagación del virus a otros pacientes, el personal y sus familiares. Aun así, deseaba haber pasado más tiempo con él. En Nochebuena, se sentó y le escribió al Dr. Anthony Slonim, presidente y director ejecutivo de Renown Health en Reno, Nevada. “Estimado doctor Slonim, como esposa de un paciente de COVID que falleció recientemente en su hospital, quiero expresarle mi agradecimiento a usted ya su personal por la atención que recibió en los últimos días de su vida. Estoy consciente que las enfermeras y el personal están trabajando en condiciones peligrosas y arriesgando su salud y sus vidas al atender a varios pacientes con COVID. El personal fue amable, se preocupó e hizo todo lo posible por mi esposo y por mí ". Ella continuó, "Sé que los procedimientos están cambiando cada hora para tratar de mantenerse a la vanguardia de este virus peligroso y estoy compartiendo mis experiencias con la esperanza de que sean útiles al establecer políticas que impacten a las familias". Darlene explicó que a pesar de recibir garantías de que la enfermera de Dave o incluso un médico llamarían a diario, a veces se olvidaban. Ella explicó en su carta, “lo importante que era, en estos tiempos en que la familia no puede visitar, y solo tienen comunicación ocasionalmente y están esperando ansiosamente en casa para saber de su ser querido, cuánto significa recibir una llamada de alguien quien cuidaba de él en el hospital ". Darlene pidió, "Si hay alguna forma en la que pueda ayudar a asegurar que las enfermeras tengan tiempo para hacer llamadas o ayudar a los pacientes a hacer llamadas, porque es una parte importante de la atención al paciente". Después de recibir su carta, el Dr. Slonim llamó a la Sra. David Randolph para agradecerle, ofrecerle sus condolencias y preguntarle si Renown podía ayudar de alguna manera. Darlene preguntó si podría reconsiderar permitir que las familias visiten a los pacientes del hospital que reciben tratamiento por COVID-19. El Dr. Slonim, quien también había perdido a su padre a causa del COVID-19 en abril en un hospital de Nueva Jersey, le pidió a su equipo de liderazgo que evaluara la solicitud de la Sra. Randolph e hiciera una recomendación. El equipo de liderazgo del hospital hizo una recomendación al Dr. Slonim que fue aprobada de inmediato. A medida que la situación del COVID-19 ha evolucionado, la política también lo ha hecho. Con un alto porcentaje del personal del hospital Renown ahora vacunado contra el COVID-19, disminuyendo las hospitalizaciones de pacientes con COVID-19 y entendiendo que las mejores comunicaciones son en persona, a partir del miércoles 27 de enero de 2021 por la mañana, los hospitales de Renown los consultorios médicos ahora fomentan el número limitado de visitantes para todos los pacientes, incluidos los diagnosticados con COVID-19. Renown continúa implementando medidas de seguridad adicionales para proteger la salud de los pacientes, visitantes y empleados de atención médica, y a medida que la situación cambia con el COVID-19, estas pautas están sujetas a cambios. "A partir de hoy, un Adulto de Apoyo para Pacientes sano puede acompañar a cada paciente a su visita médica o hospitalización de Renown", dijo Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, presidente y director ejecutivo de Renown, "Vivimos según nuestros valores de empatía, integridad, colaboración y excelencia. Agradecemos a Darlene por recordarnos que la mejor atención es la 'atención centrada en la persona', un enfoque que abarca la perspectiva del paciente y sus seres queridos, al tiempo que promueve un entorno saludable y alentador para los cuidadores y aborda las necesidades de salud de nuestra comunidad. " “En Renown, la definición de" familia "la define el paciente", dice Debra Adornetto-García, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, AOCN, Directora de Enfermería de Servicios Agudos. “Nuestros pacientes pueden designar a cualquier persona que elijan como su Persona de Apoyo para Pacientes. La Persona de Apoyo para Pacientes es increíblemente importante y forma parte del equipo de atención. Se le pedirá a la Persona de Apoyo para Pacientes que se asocie con el equipo de atención médica del paciente para ayudar a comunicarse con otros familiares y amigos, participar en actividades de capacitación y educación y ayudar al paciente a cumplir con las instrucciones de atención y medicación ". “Cuando se trata de curación y recuperación, el papel de todos es importante”, enfatiza Paul Sierzenski, MD, MSHQS, CPE, FACEP, Director Médico de Servicios Agudos. “Lo que podemos hacer juntos para apoyar la atención del paciente y obtener excelentes resultados es más grande que lo que cualquiera de nosotros puede hacer solo. Esta creencia da forma a nuestro trabajo, nuestros servicios y la atención que brindamos a los pacientes, sus familias y amigos en Renown.” “Me complace que Renown Health haya modificado las políticas de visitas para que cada paciente pueda tener un visitante designado. Como ex paciente de la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos y médico actual de la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, sé la importancia de contar con el apoyo de un ser querido en el hospital y estoy encantado de que podamos adaptarnos a este aspecto increíblemente importante de la atención al paciente”, dice Jacob B Keeperman, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAEMS, FCCM, Director Médico, Centro Regional de Transferencia y Operaciones de Renown, Intensivista. Cuando le dijeron a Darlene que su carta inspiró este cambio en las políticas de visitantes para pacientes con COVID-19, se mostró muy complacida y dijo, “Siempre he tratado de pensar en formas en las que podría ayudar a otras familias, especialmente a las parejas mayores donde uno está hospitalizado y el otro en casa. Mi deseo es ayudar a los demás ". De acuerdo con las pautas nacionales, a partir del 27 de enero de 2021, una Persona de Apoyo para Pacientes por paciente podrá acceder a Renown Regional Medical Center y Renown South Meadows Medical Center como se indica: El horario de visita para todos los pacientes, incluidos los diagnosticados con COVID-19, se extenderá de 8 am a 8 pm (antes era de 3 a 8 pm). Ahora se alienta a todos los pacientes a que designen hasta dos Personas de Apoyo para Pacientes. Debido a las limitaciones de espacio, pedimos que las Personas de Apoyo para Pacientes visiten uno a la vez). Los pacientes proporcionarán los nombres de hasta dos Personas de Apoyo para Pacientes durante la admisión/registración del paciente. Los nombres de las Personas de Apoyo para Pacientes se ingresarán en el registro médico electrónico del paciente para su privacidad y seguridad. El Renown Children’s Hospital/Hospital de Niños: Acceso abierto. (Se pueden designar dos padres y/o tutores como Personas de Apoyo para Pacientes, sin embargo, debido a las limitaciones de espacio actuales, le pedimos que visite uno a la vez). Para obtener información más detallada sobre el programa de Persona de Apoyo para Pacientes, visite https://www.renown.org/interact/ Acerca de Renown Health Renown Health es la red de atención médica integrada sin fines de lucro más grande de la región, de propiedad y administración local, que presta servicios a Nevada, Lake Tahoe y al noreste de California. Con una fuerza laboral diversa de más de 7,000 empleados, Renown ha fomentado una cultura de excelencia, determinación e innovación de toda la vida. La organización está conformada de un centro de traumatología, dos hospitales de cuidados intensivos, un hospital infantil, un hospital de rehabilitación, un grupo médico y una red de atención de urgencia, y la compañía de seguros sin fines de lucro local más grande de la región, Hometown Health. El modelo del instituto de Renown aborda los determinantes sociales de la salud e incluyen: Salud Infantil, Salud del Comportamiento y Adicciones, Envejecimiento Saludable e Innovación en Salud. Los institutos clínicos incluyen: Cáncer, Corazón y Salud Vascular y Neurociencias. Actualmente, Renown está inscribiendo a participantes en el estudio de salud de la población genética basada en la comunidad más grande del mundo, el Healthy Nevada Project®. Para obtener más información, visite https://www.renown.org/.
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Reno Widow Inspires New Patient Supporter Visitor Policy
Renown hospitals are among the first in the country to lift visitor restrictions for patients with COVID-19 and encourage family to be at the patient's bedside. True treasure hunters, Dr. Dave and Darlene found joy in exploring antique shops and garage sales to find damaged or discarded vintage pieces. After hauling the item home, Dave would spend many hours scraping it clean, sanding and refinishing it, until it gleamed and became a polished, functional and beautiful piece of furniture. Every piece in their home rekindles a memory and has a story to tell. On Thanksgiving, when Dave was too ill to gather around their antique dining room table, Darlene called the ambulance. Dave had been ill with COVID-19 for two weeks and had not been improving. When the EMTs reached her home and asked Darlene what underlying conditions he had, she said, “all of them.” David was seriously ill. Hospitalized for COVID-19, their communications options were limited. The only way Darlene could communicate with Dave was on a video call, or by telephone. Dave spent 17 days hospitalized at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. Darlene spent 17 days waiting by the phone for more information. Darlene said he had “up days and down days,” but thought he might be home, sitting at their antique dinner table for Christmas. David Ivan Randolph was born in Boston, MA on August 29, 1936. He grew up in Roxbury and graduated from the prestigious Boston Latin Boys School. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology, an MA in Experimental Psychology from Northeastern University and a PhD in Sensory Psychology & Physiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. While in university he joined ROTC and upon graduation was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Army Medical Specialist Corp. After basic training at the Fort Sam Houston Medical Training School he was assigned as a Captain, Research Psychologist to the US Army at the Pioneering Research Division in Natick, MA. Over the next 30 years, he conducted vision research at Fort Knox, KY; Philadelphia, PA and then with the newly constructed Letterman Army Institute of Research (LAIR), Division of Ocular Hazards at the Presidio of San Francisco, CA. David continued his vision research at LAIR until his retirement in 1992 when the Presidio was decommissioned. Dr. Randolph’s research findings in flash blindness and night vision made him a sought-after presenter at research conferences in the US and abroad. In a PBS documentary he was interviewed as part of the team that developed goggles that protect soldiers from laser eye damage. Dr. David Randolph lost his battle with COVID-19 on December 13, 2020, and died as he slept in a hospital bed. When Darlene wrote his obituary for the newspaper, she gave thanks to the “tremendous nurses and doctors at Renown Regional Medical Center, for providing his care during a time when family could not be with him.” Darlene wished she could have been there. Over their 45-year marriage, she had always been there. Darlene said, “I had always been at his bedside, as his advocate, to help communicate and straighten things out.” As a registered dietician, she worked in hospitals and knew the protocol. She knew, like hospitals across the globe, Renown had restricted family members from visiting in order to stop the spread of the virus- to other patients, staff and their family members. Still, she wished she could have spent more time with him. On Christmas Eve, she sat down and wrote to Dr. Anthony Slonim, president and chief executive officer of Renown Health in Reno, NV. “Dear Doctor Slonim, as the wife of a COVID patient who recently passed away in your hospital, I want to express my thanks to you and your staff for the care he was given in the last days of his life. I am aware that the nurses and staff are working under dangerous conditions and risking their health and lives by caring for multiple COVID patients. The staff was gracious, concerned and did everything they could for my husband and myself.” She continued, “I know procedures are changing every hour to try to stay ahead of this dangerous virus and I am sharing my experiences hoping they will be helpful when establishing policies that impact families.” Darlene explained that despite receiving assurances that Dave’s nurse or even a doctor would call daily, sometimes they would forget. She explained in her letter, “how important it was, in these times when family cannot visit, and has only infrequent communication and is anxiously waiting at home for word of their loved one, how much it means to get a call from someone caring for him at the hospital.” Darlene asked, “If there is any way you can help to assure that nurses have time to make calls or assist patients to make calls, because it is an important part of patient care.” After receiving her letter, Dr. Slonim called Mrs. David Randolph, to thank her, to offer his sympathies and to ask if Renown could help in any way. Darlene asked if he might reconsider allowing families to visit hospital patients being treated for COVID-19. Dr. Slonim, who had also lost his father to COVID-19 back in April at a hospital in New Jersey, asked his leadership team to review Mrs. Randolph’s request and make a recommendation. The hospital leadership team made a recommendation to Dr. Slonim that was immediately approved. As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, the policy has as well. With a high percentage of Renown hospital staff now vaccinated against COVID-19, declining hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19, and understanding that the best communications are in-person, as of Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, 2021, Renown hospitals and medical practices now encourage limited visitors for all patients, including those diagnosed with COVID-19. Renown continues to have extra safety measures in place to protect the health of patients, visitors and healthcare employees, and as the situation changes with COVID-19, these guidelines are subject to change. “As of today, one healthy adult Patient Supporter may now accompany every patient to their Renown medical visit or hospital stay,” Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, President & CEO of Renown said, “We live by our values of caring, integrity, collaboration and excellence. We thank Darlene for reminding us that the best care is ‘person-centered care,’ an approach that embraces the perspective of the patient and their loved ones, while promoting a healthy, encouraging environment for caregivers and addressing the health needs of our community.” “At Renown, the definition of "family" is defined by the patient,” says Debra Adornetto-Garcia, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, AOCN, Chief Nursing Officer, Acute Services. “Our patients may designate anyone they choose as their Patient Supporter. The Patient Supporter is incredibly important and part of the care team. The Patient Supporter will be asked to partner with the patient’s health care team to assist in communicating to other family members and friends, participating in training and education activities and assisting the patient with complying with care and medication instructions.” “When it comes to healing and recovery, everyone's role is important,” emphasizes Paul Sierzenski, MD, MSHQS, CPE, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Acute Services. “What we can do together to support patient care and excellent outcomes is greater than what any of us can do alone. This belief shapes our work, our services and the care we provide to patients, their families and friends at Renown.” “I am pleased that Renown Health has modified the visitation policies so that each patient can have a designated visitor. As a former ICU patient and current ICU physician, I know the importance of having a loved one’s support in the hospital and I am thrilled we are able to accommodate this incredibly important aspect of patient care,” says Jacob B Keeperman, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAEMS, FCCM, Medical Director, Renown Regional Transfer and Operations Center, Intensivist. When Darlene was told that her letter inspired this shift in visitor policies for patients with COVID-19, she was very pleased and said, “I have always tried to think of ways I could help other families, especially those senior couples where one has been hospitalized and the other is home. My wish is to help others.” In alignment with the national guidelines, as of 1/27/2021, one Patient Supporter per patient will be able to access Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center as noted: Visiting hours for all patients, including those diagnosed with COVID-19 will be extended to 8 am - 8 pm (previously 3-8 pm). All patients are now encouraged to designate up to two Patient Supports. Due to space constraints, we ask that Patient Supports visit one at a time. Patients will provide Names of up to two Patient Supporters during patient admission/registration. Patient Supporter names will be entered into the patient's electronic medical record for patient privacy and security. Renown Children’s Hospital: Open access. (Two parents and/or guardians may be designated as Patient Supporters, however, due to current space constraints, we ask that you visit one at a time). For more detailed information on the Patient Supporter program visit https://www.renown.org/interact/. 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 Heath and Neurosciences. Renown is currently enrolling participants in the world’s largest community-based genetic population health study, the Healthy Nevada Project® . For more information, visit renown.org.
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Renown Board of Directors Chair, Jim DeVolld, Receives NHA Award
Renown Health Board of Directors Chair, Jim DeVolld, Receives Nevada Hospital Association’s Commitment to Community Award for Trustee Excellence Award. Renown Health Board of Directors Chair, Jim DeVolld has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Commitment to Community Award for Trustee Excellence from the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA). Each year at the association’s annual meeting, the Nevada Hospital Association publicly acknowledges one trustee who exemplifies exceptional leadership and the characteristics to which all hospital and health system Board leaders should aspire, including: Professional excellence Outstanding achievements Innovative accomplishments Extraordinary compassion in caring for the community Success in overcoming barriers, and Exemplary contributions to effectively advocate on behalf of hospitals, patients, and the healthcare system. “Jim DeVolld’s personal connection and passion for improving the community’s overall health are what drive his commitment to the Renown Health Board,” NHA’s President & CEO, Bill Welch said. “Under Jim’s leadership, Renown Health is nationally recognized for top levels of quality and safety, most notably through advances made in clinical care, the adoption of health information technology and the development of team-based and patient-centered medical homes.” DeVolld was nominated by President & CEO of Renown Health, Anthony D. Slonim, MD, D.Ph. and his senior leadership team at Renown Health. Through Jim and the Boards’ support, the integrated healthcare system now includes four hospital campuses, 120 sites of primary, urgent and specialty care, affiliations with Stanford Medicine, the University of Nevada-Reno Medical School, St. George’s University in Grenada (SGU) School of Medicine, and a health plan, Hometown Health that serves more than 180,000 members. Renown Health’s more than 7,000 employees and 800 providers serve as the regional referral care center for over 100,000 square miles, from Sacramento to Salt Lake City. An essay was submitted describing DeVolld’s leadership of the 43 member Renown Health Board of Directors with deep admiration and chronicled a long list of organizational accomplishments. One nominee stated, “Jim sets a stellar example as a Board Chair who tirelessly advocates for improvement, inclusion, responsibility, preparation, taking the ‘high road,’ and the importance of collaborative, positive relationships. Jim’s commitment has extended beyond traditional healthcare to include economic health and community health and well-being. "A lifelong Nevadan, Jim DeVolld grew up in Yerington before moving to Reno 31 years ago. Jim DeVolld’s32-year-old daughter was born at Renown Regional Medical Center and his family receives care at Renown Health. Jim DeVolld’s personal connection and passion for improving the community’s overall health are what drive his commitment to the Renown Health Board. To ensure the world-class care our community expects and deserves, he has focused first on caring for Renown’s 7,000 employees who provide outstanding care every day. After eight years serving in various roles with Renown Health’s board of directors, Jim DeVolld, managing director, commercial banking at First Independent Bank, was elected as the chairman of the board, Renown Health for a two-year term, effective January 1, 2019. Renown’s four governing boards serve a key role in achieving Renown’s mission of making a genuine difference in the health and well-being of the people and communities in Northern Nevada. Board members help guide the health system with the charitable mission of “making a genuine difference in the health and well-being,” based on the principles of caring, integrity, collaboration and excellence. Jim DeVolld has spent decades working in the Northern Nevada banking industry. He also serves as chairman of the Nevada Tax Commission and is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. About the NHA The Nevada Hospital Association is a not-for-profit, statewide trade association representing Nevada’s acute care hospitals along with psychiatric, rehabilitation and other specialty hospitals as well as health related agencies and organizations throughout the state. Allied with the American Hospital Association, the NHA is an independent organization headquartered in Reno, Nev. About Renown Health Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving 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.
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Hallmark Opens Inside Renown Regional Medical Center
Renown Health partners with Hallmark Cards, Inc. to open a Hallmark Gold Crown store today inside Renown Regional Medical Center. Renown owns and operates the business in an effort to provide patients and visiting families with meaningful gifts, heartfelt tokens and comforts of home. In line with Hallmark’s efforts to create a more emotionally connected world, the store offers more than 500 greeting cards and Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments among other gift items. Seasonal and home décor are also available alongside specialty items including Willow Tree and Jim Shore figurines and ornaments, festive scents and home accessories by Michael Design Works, and intricately stitched fashion accessories by Vera Bradley. “We’re proud to create a space where patients and their families can find gifts that foster a deep level of connection,” said Renown Regional Medical Center Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Erik Olson. “The new Hallmark Gold Crown complements the existing offerings in the Shops at Renown and removes an element of stress from our visiting families by providing expressions of support onsite. When it comes to treating the whole person, facilitating ease for caretakers is a big factor.” "At Hallmark Gold Crown, we believe in the power between emotional wellness and physical wellness, which is one of the many reasons we're excited to expand our hospital program to the Renown Regional Medical Center" explained Steve Farley, president of Hallmark Retail. "We hope this store can be a place for patients, their families, and Renown Health employees to take a moment to recharge and discover meaningful ways to connect with others." The Hallmark Gold Crown inside Renown Regional Medical center is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 775-982-5075 or visit Renown.org/Shops. About Renown Health Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving 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. About Hallmark For more than 100 years, family-owned Hallmark Cards, Inc. has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and employing 30,000 worldwide, the approximately $4 billion company operates a diversified portfolio of businesses. Its global Hallmark Greetings business sells greeting cards, gift wrap and related products in more than 30 languages with distribution in more than 100 countries and 100,000 rooftops worldwide. Hallmark Retail operates about 2,000 Hallmark Gold Crown stores in five countries and Hallmark Home & Gifts is an emerging business selling a broad array of home décor and gift product throughout the U.S. Crayola® offers a wide range of art materials and creative play toys designed to spark children’s creativity around the globe. Crown Media Family Networks operates three cable channels – Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama – in addition to Hallmark Publishing, the e-books division of the Hallmark channels, and Hallmark Movies Now, a subscription-based streaming service. Crown Center is a real estate development company that manages the 85-acre hotel, office, entertainment and residential campus surrounding Hallmark’s headquarters. For more information, visit Hallmark.com. Connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube.
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