The annual Art for Recovery event features artwork from 13 local artists inspired by the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute mission. Sales will benefit the Institute. Renown Health Foundation hosts Art for Recovery at the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute on Thursday, Sept. 23 from 4-7 p.m. The annual fundraising event is free, open to the public and benefits the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown, located at 85 Kirman Ave. in Reno, Nev. The family-friendly event features an art auction, live DJ, craft vendors, activities for kids and refreshments. Established in 2018, the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown focuses on expanding community access to prevention and intervention services for mental health disorders and alcohol and drug addiction, with the goal of decreasing stigma and encouraging more people to seek help. The annual Art for Recovery fundraiser features the artwork of 13 local artists who have created pieces inspired by the Institute's mission. Each work of art addresses themes of hope and resilience. “We look forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating local artists, supporting our healing programs and bringing awareness to addiction recovery during the annual Art for Recovery event. This event shows that not only are our providers here to help our patients get through life’s challenges, but our community is here to support, too,” said Steve Shell, vice president of the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown. Participating artists include Bryce Chisholm, Naomi Ferrall, Amy Lawrence, Jessamyn Parker, Emily Reid, Arthur Richmond, the Robison Family (Paula, Elsa, Rosemary and Nathan), Cooper Sandoval, Trisha Shepherd, Sam Sprague, Cat Stahl, Julie Steiner and Jim Tuxon. Read the inspiration behind every donated piece of art here. Local 12-year-old artist Cooper Sandoval is donating a work of art titled, ‘Time.’ Cooper shares that his inspiration comes from the hope of time. “No matter how bad of a day it is, I always know that things will get better with time,” said Cooper. Bidding for the highly anticipated art auction is now open and concludes Sept. 23 during the free outdoor event. Funds raised will support improved patient care services at the Institute. To view and bid on the art pieces, visit www.renown.org/artforrecovery. About Renown Health Renown Health is a locally governed, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 7,000. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition and commitment to improve the care and the health of our community. For more information, visit renown.org.
Faster, Better Testing For COVID; Physician Researchers At Renown Health And UNR Med Seek Convalescent Plasma Study Participants
Physician researchers seek to understand how the immune system responds to COVID-19 and create a healthier Nevada. During the early stages of the pandemic, convalescent plasma was considered the only viable treatment option available for patients with COVID-19. Convalescent plasma is the component of the blood from recovered patients that may contain COVID-19 antibodies that help fight the infection. The National Institutes of Health has since developed treatment guidelines for COVID-19 based on clinical trial data and many studies are still underway worldwide assessing various additional treatment options. Convalescent plasma was in high demand but difficult to locate for COVID-19 patients in the northern Nevada area. A 24-year-old nursing assistant, Austin Meegan, was hospitalized and spent weeks staving off kidney and lung failure before learning he was eligible for an experimental blood transfusion that showed promise in treating COVID-19. Doctors estimated Meegan had only about a 3% chance of tracking down a donor to match his rare blood type. A COVID-19 survivor, Thomas Gibson, a Texas resident with the same blood type, traveled to Reno to donate his viral antibodies and a convalescent plasma donation credited with helping to save Meegan’s life. Physician clinical researchers and scientists at Renown and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) knew they needed to create better options for patients and physicians. Clinical researchers developed a study to help other patients like Austin, and pleaded for donations from recovered COVID-19 patients to donate their convalescent plasma. The researcher teams looked to understand how the body’s immune system responds to the virus over time, to aid them in developing new treatments for COVID-19. “The world’s capacity to get through the COVID crisis will depend on four things — science, technology, innovation and partnerships, says Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, President and CEO of Renown Health. “Taking lab bench discoveries to the bedside of patients in an efficacious and timely manner is not easy, but with UNR Med and our partners, we are making great strides in advancing clinical research which has the power to save lives and to create a healthier Nevada.” “It’s tremendously promising to partner on clinical research that will not only help us better understand the disease, but help inform treatment for those combatting COVID-19 that has had such a devastating impact on Nevadans, our nation and the world,” says UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, MD. Renown, UNR Med and other area health care partners collaborated with Vitalant to collect plasma from recovered donors for a study on the treatment's efficacy. Eligible donors are at least 18 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and are healthy. Donors had fully recovered from a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Project coordinators at the Renown Research Office were overwhelmed by the community’s support and plasma blood donations. Additional partnerships with the Washoe County Health District, the State of Nevada and the Governor’s office, Saint Mary’s Medical Center, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Carson Tahoe Health and the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, along with many area health care providers helped the team meet their goals of enrolling 120 eligible participants in the study. “Our success in this study rests heavily on the support of our great community, as well as the innovation and collaboration demonstrated by Renown and UNR Med,” said Sara Healy, MD, MPH, principal investigator of the study and a pediatric infectious disease physician at Renown Children’s Hospital and UNR Med. “We are proud to be at the forefront of conducting essential research during such a pivotal time in history, and look forward to our continued partnership as we continue this important work.” “The control of COVID-19 in our communities relies on testing. The study that is being launched to develop a sensitive, specific and easier way to collect specimens (blood) is advancing the field and brings promise towards getting to our common goal of having the right diagnostic test for the right clinical situation at the right time,” says Mark Riddle, MD, DrPH, FISTM, associate investigator of the study and associate dean for clinical research and professor at UNR Med's Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Research. The research team is now asking area residents to participate in a study to analyze the efficacy of two COVID-19 tests. Participants will undergo two blood tests: one being a finger stick to provide results for a rapid test, and the other is a traditional venipuncture draw confirming the presence or absence of COVID-19 antibodies. This study is a collaboration with InBios International, Inc., a leading biotechnology company based in Seattle. Researchers are seeking: Individuals who have confirmed positive for COVID-19 and who have recently recovered from the virus. Study participants must be within 7-28 days from the onset of their symptoms. Individuals who have recently tested negative for COVID-19 and have never tested positive. Those who are interested in participating in the study may contact project coordinators at the Renown Research Office at (775) 982-3646, or via e-mail at email@example.com, 7:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Individuals aged 18-75 in general good health are encouraged to consider participating in this ongoing study. There is no cost to participate in this study and participation is voluntary. An individual’s decision to participate will not affect their current or future relations with their health care provider(s), health district, or the community. Those who decide to participate are free to withdraw at any time. “Time is of the essence with COVID. If we can get test results to people and their clinicians in a more timely way, we can make a faster diagnosis of a patient's condition, says Christopher M. Kozlowski, MD, MHA, Renown's institutional research officer and Medical Director/VP of Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health. “As we refine the accuracy of our testing; we are applying sensitivity and specificity testing for true negative and true positive results. This provides people with more timely and accurate results and better quality care.” About Renown Health Renown Health is a locally governed, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 7,000. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition and commitment to improve the care and the health of our community. About the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), Nevada’s first medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving 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.
Celebrate Lunar New Year And Take A Tour Of The New Panda Cares Center Of Hope At Renown Children's Hospital With Local Child And Children's Miracle Network Ambassador, Emmalee Sutton
Begin a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar and help support Panda Express® locations - including the new Panda Cares® Center of Hope that has opened to serve pediatric patients and families throughout northern Nevada. This Lunar New Year, you can join local child, Emmalee Sutton, the Renown Health Foundation and Panda Express® through its philanthropic arm, Panda Cares® , to help children and their families receiving care at Renown Children’s Hospital. On Saturday, Feb. 20, community members can support Renown’s youngest patients by ordering online at a nearby Panda Express® location using code 902354. Renown Children’s Hospital will receive 28% of the proceeds from online orders placed with the code. Supporters may also visit the Panda Express Plumb Lane location in Reno on the same day, where they will donate 20% of in-person proceeds to Renown Children’s Hospital. (Please present this flyer at checkout.) Panda Express® guests and their associates in northern Nevada and northeastern California have raised nearly $500,000 for Renown Children’s Hospital since 2007. In 2020, more than $138,000 was raised for the Panda Cares® Center of Hope at Renown Children’s Specialty Center, which has opened at Renown Children’s Hospital within Renown Regional Medical Center at 1155 Mill St. in Reno, Nev. The Panda Cares® Center of Hope provides care to not only children, but also comprehensive support to the entire family. Similarly, it creates an environment that reduces stress, promotes healing, and provides a superior patient and family experience. “The Panda Cares® Center of Hope at Renown Children’s Hospital is special because it upholds Panda Express® ’ mission and values of being proactive, having respect for each other, learning and growing, and giving time and resources back to the community. The Center also supports each child’s well-being, including their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs,” says Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, Renown’s President and CEO. “We are grateful for our partnership with the team at Panda Express® , who are as passionate as we are about children’s health, and helping us provide exceptional care for children.” “The Panda Cares® Center of Hope at Renown is the first-ever in northern Nevada, and we are excited to be able to provide the highest level of care for children and teenagers in northern Nevada who have chronic health conditions. Specifically, we offer ongoing treatment, health management, and age-appropriate specialty medical services including; pediatric nephrology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric neurology, pediatric pulmonary, pediatric infectious diseases, medical genetics and adolescent medicine- all in one beautiful, new, convenient, family-friendly facility,” says Max Coppes, M.D., Ph. D., MBA, Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and pediatrician-in-chief at Renown Children's Hospital. A Partnership for Health & Education of Underserved Youth “This partnership allows Renown Children’s Hospital to continue to strengthen regional services and increase Panda’s visibility within our growing community,” says Lawrence Duncan - VP & Administrator for Renown Women & Children’s Hospital & Administrator the Institute for Cancer. “Last year, 21,930 sick children received care from Renown Children’s Hospital. To date, Panda Express® has provided us significant financial support to assist us as a charitable, non-profit organization in providing health and healthcare to every child, regardless of illness, injury, insurance, or ability to pay.” “Renown Health Foundation appreciates Panda Cares® ’ generosity year after year, and the unwavering support of our community to make the Panda Cares® Center of Hope and Saturday’s fundraiser a success,” said Kiemmy Thai, MBA, Foundation Manager of the Children's Hospital at Renown. “Our hope is that you and your family can enjoy a nice meal from Panda Express® together, knowing your contribution makes it possible for pediatric champions like Emmalee to continue receiving the best care close to home.” The Panda Cares® Center of Hope has already helped hundreds of local pediatric patients and their families feel more comfortable and relaxed while being cared for in the hospital. Watch Renown Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ newest Champion Child Ambassador, Emmalee Sutton, tour you through this new, fun and family-friendly health care environment. “We are very fortunate to have such generous partners like the people behind Panda Express® who want to help our patients and their families, as well as our pediatric care teams,” said Dr. Sonia Budhecha, pediatric pulmonologist at Renown Children’s Specialty Care Center. “This Center has helped many young patients, and their parents, feel more comfortable along their healing journey, contributing to an even more positive experience here at Renown Children’s Hospital.” For more opportunities to support pediatric patients in our area, please visit renown.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/. About Renown Children’s Hospital Renown Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in northern Nevada, and offers a variety of programs and services designed specifically to care for the community's families. It has the region’s only Children’s ER and Pediatric ICU. Renown Children’s Hospital is the only hospital affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) in the region and local CMN Hospitals' programs and events directly benefit children in the Truckee Meadows. It is also the only hospital in the region affiliated with CHA (Children’s Hospital Association). For more information, visit renown.org/children. About Panda Express® On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express, an American Chinese Trailblazer, is the largest Asian dining concept in the U.S. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best seller the Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each dish at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart® selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,000 locations throughout the U.S. and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to more than ten international countries. Powered by this global family of associates, Panda Cares, the organization’s philanthropic arm, has raised more than $212 million and countless volunteer hours in bettering the health and education for over 12 million youths as well as supporting communities in need since 1999. For more information, visit pandaexpress.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
Renown Health's Chief Human Resource Officer Recognized By Ragan Communications Among Top Women In HR And Wellness
Michelle Sanchez-Bickley was identified as the healthcare industry's only HR leader to receive this prestigious honor. Renown Health proudly announced today that its Chief Human Resource Officer, Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP was recognized by Ragan Communications and Workplace Wellness Insider for her leadership and innovation in human resources. Sanchez-Bickley joins an impressive list of more than 30 influential women around the nation selected as Ragan’s 2020 Top Women in HR Awards honorees, which recognizes female leaders who cultivate work environments where talent and business can thrive. Profiles of the winners appear online here. Sanchez-Bickley is the healthcare industry’s only HR leader to receive the accolade. “It is an honor to stand alongside such impactful leaders and represent the healthcare industry,” said Sanchez-Bickley. “As I reflect on 2020 and the many challenges and opportunities that came with it, I am reminded of the importance of effective human resources strategies to empower employees to not only overcome, but thrive amidst adversity.” “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michelle has played a critical role in helping us establish safe, enjoyable and effective working conditions for our more than 7,200 employees at Renown,” said Tony Slonim, MD, DrPh, FACHE, president and CEO at Renown Health. “This includes making the switch to long-term remote work for over 700 Renown employees after revealing improved employee satisfaction and productivity. Michelle’s constant innovation, mentorship and attentiveness to the needs of current and potential employees makes Renown a better place to work.” For nearly 19 years, Sanchez-Bickley has lead a wide range of improvements in employee recruitment at Renown. She implemented a chatbot to make it easier to connect qualified candidates to the recruitment team, and also established a new-hire pipeline with a nursing assistant apprenticeship program. Understanding the ultimate value of employee benefits, Sanchez-Bickley has identified many unique enhancements, including on-site career and rewards counseling sessions to maximize retention. She’s also made significant improvements to Renown’s employee assistance program, which offers employees and their families seamless connection to resources, support and guidance for nearly any life event. With a bachelor's degree in political science and justice studies from Frostburg State University in Maryland, Sanchez-Bickley earned her master's degree in human resource development from Georgia State University. She is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR) and holds a Senior Professional Human Resources Credential (SHRMSCP). In U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital rankings, Renown South Meadows Medical Center was listed #1 in the State of Nevada. Renown Regional Medical Center was named #2 Best Hospital in Nevada. A hospital's score is based on multiple data categories, including patient outcomes, safety and volumes. Hospitals earning a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average. Renown is currently recruiting outstanding employees at careers.renown.org. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally owned and governed, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,000 employees, Renown has fostered a longstanding culture of excellence, determination and innovation. The organization comprises a trauma center, two acute care hospitals, a children’s hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, a medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest, locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown’s institute model addresses social determinants of health and includes: Child Health, Behavioral Health & Addiction, Healthy Aging and Health Innovation. Clinical institutes include: Cancer, Heart and Vascular Health, Neurosciences and Robotic Surgery. Renown is currently enrolling participants in the world’s largest community-based genetic population health study, the Healthy Nevada Project®. For more information visit, www.renown.org. About Ragan Communications For more than 50 years, Ragan Communications has been delivering trusted news, training and intelligence for internal and external communicators, HR professionals and business executives via its conferences, webinars, training, awards, subscriptions and membership divisions. Its daily news sites—PRDaily.com, Ragan.com and Raganwellness.com —are read by more than 600,000 internal and external communicators monthly. Its Communications Leadership Council is one of the fastest-growing membership groups for communications executives. Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Insider is a new brand serving Wellness, HR and communications professionals at www.raganwellness. com and on Twitter and Instagram.