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    • Monday, Jul 22, 2024

    Renown Health Awarded Prestigious ‘Gold Stars Level 10’ Designation for Implementing Most Advanced Patient Electronic Medical Record

    Level 10 is the highest level of recognition that can be reached, placing the health system in the top 3% percent of all Epic users internationally. For the first time, Renown Health has been awarded the designation of Epic Gold Stars Level 10 for exceptional utilization of the most advanced electronic medical records (EMR) technology available today.  The "Perfect 10" Gold Stars Level 10 designation is the highest level of recognition that can be reached, placing the health system in the top 3% percent of all Epic users internationally. “To have instant access to a patient’s comprehensive medical history and electronic medical record, allows for more informed decision-making and better care for patients,” says Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO of Renown Health. “This award for the highest level of adoption of the Epic/MyChart electronic medical record is a result of years of hard work, a substantial investment in technology and training, and a culture of collaboration among clinical, operations and technology team members to provide the highest level of care to our patients. We are very proud.” Renown’s Commitment to Patient Care and Safety Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have revolutionized the way physicians and healthcare providers manage patient information, enhance the quality of care, and improve patient care and safety. Epic Systems Corporation (Epic) is a leading provider of EMR systems that are used by health care organizations across the globe. The Epic Gold Star Level 10 award represents the highest achievement for users of the software. The system stores patients’ personal health information including treatments, procedures, test results, allergies, medications and more. Patients and providers can access charts, view test results, and read after-visit summaries conveniently and securely. In addition to comprehensive medical records operability, the system makes it convenient for patients to schedule appointments, refill prescriptions and quickly contact their physicians and medical providers. Renown’s Commitment to Innovation “Achieving a Gold Stars Level 10 designation demonstrates Renown Health’s dedication to staying at the forefront of patient care technology,” says Chuck Podesta, Chief Information Officer for Renown Health. “I am so proud of our team’s commitment to collaboration and innovation. This award is a testament to the dedication of our physicians and clinicians who strive daily to deliver the highest standards of care for our patients.” The Epic’s Gold Stars Program provides a scorecard of how effectively an organization is using the system and provides a roadmap for improving clinical and financial outcomes. Gold Stars Level 10 reflects that Renown Health has adopted at least 95% of the Epic Gold Star features and is categorized as being a leading-edge practice in technology use. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,500 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. For more information, visit renown.org.

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    • Monday, Jul 15, 2024

    Sophie’s Place, An Exciting New Integrative Treatment Space Opens to Inspire Young Song Writers, Singers and Musicians at Renown Children’s Hospital

    NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young and his wife Barb, The Beach Boys and community donors celebrate the grand opening of Sophie’s Place, a new integrative treatment space at Renown Children’s Hospital dedicated to the healing arts. (Photo Credit: David Calvert) Today marks the grand opening of Sophie’s Place at Renown Children’s Hospital which is supported by The Forever Young Foundation, founded by Barb Young and her husband NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, and designed by Anne Marie and Kent Barton (Sophie’s parents). The Forever Young Foundation has supported the development of eight Sophie’s Places across the United States. The opening at Renown Health is the ninth Sophie’s Place location to provide music therapy to young people in children’s hospitals across the nation. Two years ago, on June 5, 2022, over 500 generous donors attended a benefit concert by The Beach Boys with front man Mike and his wife Jacquelyne Love, both Nevada residents; and special guests Steve and Barb Young, to help Renown Health Foundation raise a remarkable $1.2 million to construct the first and only Sophie’s Place in Nevada. Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals celebrity ambassador Steve Young has helped raise over $1 billion to lift up children’s hospitals around the nation. The Forever Young Foundation established Sophie’s Place in 2013 in loving memory of Sophie Barton, a young musician with a passion for helping others, who passed away in 2010. Sophie served and played her guitar at Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah. Sophie's Place was inspired by Barb Young, a close friend of the Barton family and an avid believer in the science of music therapy. Her passion and commitment were crucial in bringing this specialized care to the many pediatric patients and their families served by Renown Children’s Hospital. “At Renown, we recognize the profound impact that music can have on the healing process,” says Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Renown Health. “We are grateful to Steve and his wife Barb Young, the Forever Young Foundation, Mike and his wife Jacquelyne Love and The Beach Boys and hundreds of community donors for this incredible gift for the region’s only Children’s Hospital. We are excited to see, and hear, how kids will sing, play, dance and create in this new space. We will continue to create a healing environment within our hospitals to support recovery and enhance health and happiness.” Barb Young says, “Research has proven that music therapy fires the synapses to help create new neuro-pathways to replace those that have been damaged. It increases oxygen-saturation levels, alleviates pain, eases anxiety and depression, assists in fine and gross motor skill development, and so much more. We are honored to partner with Renown Children’s Hospital as we share with you the building of our newest Sophie’s Place space, a music-therapy room which will bring hope, healing and harmony to the children being treated in this special CMN Children’s Hospital.” Sophie’s Place is fully equipped with musical instruments and games for both children and music therapists to use, allowing patients and their families the opportunity to relax and socialize outside of the hospital room. The space also includes: Room for individual and group music therapy sessions Opportunities for patients to record their music Separate practice, recording and editing rooms Microphones Performance space Comfortable seating Musical memorabilia and artwork “Child and family-centered care is fundamental to all of us at Renown Children’s Hospital, which means we understand that comprehensive pediatric medicine goes beyond the clinical aspects,” says Kris Deeter, MD, MBA, FAAP, Chair of Pediatrics, UNR Med and Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children’s Hospital. “Providing our young patients and their families with therapeutic experiences goes hand in hand with the excellent care provided by our physicians, nurses and clinicians. Renown has a team of Child Life Specialists who support this holistic manner of providing care, and Sophie’s Place helps create an environment that supports treatment, recovery and well-being. Together, music and medicine can work in harmony to heal the body, mind and soul.” Steve Young shared, “through Sophie’s Place, Sophie’s heart continues to beat on.” “Sophie’s Place is an example of what happens when our community comes together to invest and imagine in all that is possible,” says Greg Walaitis, Renown Health Foundation Chief Development Officer. As a charitable, not-for-profit organization we rely on the generosity of people like Steve and Barb Young, Mike and Jacquelyne Love and The Beach Boys and the many generous donors who helped us raise the funds needed construct this new music therapy room at Renown Children’s Hospital.” For more information about supporting pediatric care at Renown Children’s Hospital, visit renown.org/Foundation. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,500 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. For more information, visit renown.org.

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    • Thursday, Jul 11, 2024

    Serious Illness Care – Delivered Directly to Your Home by Renown Health

    Nurse practitioners will come to your home to discuss your needs, develop a personalized plan, and align with your team to ensure excellent health care through at-home Renown Palliative Care.  Nos complace anunciar que ahora ofrecemos servicios de interpretación en español para nuestro cuidado paliativo a domicilio. Renown Health, the only Level II Trauma Center in northern Nevada, and the leader in offering the most innovative services for critically ill adults and children is also home to a Palliative Care team dedicated to providing compassionate, specialized care for individuals and families facing the challenges of serious illness. “As Reno’s only not-for-profit health care organization we are constantly investing in better care and essential services for our community. Our goal is to keep care local, and to enhance the quality of life for patients and their families,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO for Renown Health. “Empowering people with serious illnesses to receive advanced care planning in the comfort of their homes helps fuel a spirit of independence and eliminates visits to the hospital or the emergency room. This in-home Palliative Care program reflects Renown’s commitment to serving the needs of our community and ensuring patients with serious illnesses have convenient access to the clinical expertise they need, day and night.” “At Renown Health, our multidisciplinary Palliative Care team, led by physicians and nurse practitioners, work collaboratively to provide clinical support and compassionate guidance for patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses,” says Dr. Jonathan Theriot, a specialist in Palliative Care with Renown Medical Group and a faculty member of University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. “We offer a consultative service that can be used at any time during a person’s illness. People can continue to see their physicians and receive treatment (such as chemotherapy or dialysis) while on service. Our nurse practitioners will come to the home to discuss the person’s individual needs and concerns and develop a personalized health care plan. We work closely with other physicians and care teams such as primary care, oncology, and home health to align and ensure the best care possible. We are available 24/7 to answer questions. Our only goal is to support the patient and their family.”  Key features of the Renown Palliative Care program include: Comprehensive Symptom Management: Focused on alleviating pain, nausea, fatigue, and other side effects and symptoms to ensure patient comfort. Emotional and Psychological Support: Provide counseling and support services to help patients and their families cope with the emotional challenges of serious illness. Spiritual Care: Offer resources and support for patients to explore spiritual concerns and a sense of well-being. Coordination of Care: Ensure seamless communications, alignment, and collaboration between healthcare clinicians on a unified care plan tailored to each patient’s needs. Support for Families: Provide education, respire care, and support services to help families navigate the complexities of caregiving for a person with a serious and life-limiting illness.  When is the time right for Palliative Care?  New diagnosis of chronic or life-limiting serious illness; Need for patient and caregiver support regarding medical decision-making; Difficult physical or emotional symptoms that impact daily life and routines; Frequent hospitalizations or Emergency Room visits; Uncertainty regarding health care options and available resources; Questions about end-of-life care; Increased difficulty completing activities of daily living. What services can Palliative Care provide? Advance care planning; Serious illness conversations; Symptom management through collaboration with your primary physician or medical provider; Reducing stress and anxiety; POLST and DNR completion; Durable medical equipment including assessment for walkers, wheelchairs, and greater mobility.  Does Insurance or Medicare/Medicaid pay for Palliative Care at home? Financial coverage for at-home palliative care services varies by provider and insurance plan. Medicare and Medicaid cover palliative care patient visits by a physician or advanced practice nurse. Some Medicare Advantage and health insurance plans offer coverage for palliative care visits and services, but specifics vary by plan. For specific guidance, contact your employer or health plan to determine coverage details and length of coverage including copays, out-of-pocket costs, and other charges for palliative care. Does Renown offer at-home Palliative Care for people who speak Spanish? "Nos complace anunciar que ahora ofrecemos servicios de interpretación en español para nuestro cuidado paliativo a domicilio," dice Monica Gonzalez-Ruesga, Community Liaison, Renown Home Health. "Estamos dedicados a brindar cuidado de alta calidad y satisfacer las necesidades lingüísticas y culturales de nuestra comunidad." Renown utiliza un servicio de interpretación telefónica en vivo para los pacientes que hablan español. Can I self-refer to the Renown Palliative Care team? Yes. Self- and physician referrals are both accepted Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM at 775-982-2828. More information on the Renown at-home Palliative Care program is available at renown.org/Health-Services/Palliative-and-Supportive-Care. For media interviews with Dr. Jonathan Theriot, Monica Gonzalez-Ruesga or a member of the Palliative Care team, contact news@renown.org.   About Renown Health  Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,500 employees, Renown has fostered a longstanding culture of excellence, determination, and innovation. The organization comprises a trauma center for adults and children, 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. For more information, visit renown.org.

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    • Thursday, Jun 20, 2024

    Groundbreaking Historic Milestone: ECMO Program for Region's Critically Ill Patients Now Available at Renown Health

    Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation technology (ECMO) for patients with severe heart or respiratory failure is now available locally thanks to a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust  Renown Health, the Level II Trauma Center for the region and the leader in offering the most innovative treatments for critically ill adults and children, is now home to northern Nevada’s first and only comprehensive extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) program.  The ECMO machines arrived at the Cardiac ICU at Renown Regional Medical Center this week, and the multidisciplinary team of highly specialized physicians, Critical Care intensivists, Cardiovascular surgeons, perfusionists, registered nurses and therapists are ready to provide minute-by-minute support for patients receiving ECMO treatment. The multidisciplinary ECMO team includes pharmacists and respiratory therapists who are ready to receive their first patient. “At Renown Health, we are constantly investing in our clinicians, essential services, and medical innovations to help keep care local. Access to health care—both preventive care and advanced treatment—is critical for a community’s well-being and optimal health,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO for Renown Health. “We are incredibly grateful for the Helmsley Charitable Trust and their $3.5-million grant to help establish the first ECMO program for the region at Renown. ECMO saves lives. Neighbors in need of ECMO life-support can now stay close to home and loved ones, and no longer need to be transported to facilities outside our area for this type of advanced care.” What is ECMO? “ECMO is a life support technology for patients with the most severe heart and lung illnesses,” explains Richard King, MD, FACEP Division Chief- Critical Care Medicine at Renown Health and Co-Medical Director of the ECMO program. “At Renown, our technology allows a patient's heart and lungs to heal and recover from illnesses, diseases, and injuries the body has sustained. The ECMO machine is a portable life-support system used for severe cases of heart and lungfailure. The ECMO procedure provides minimally invasive heart-lung bypass support outside of the body. The machine then removes carbon dioxide from the patient’s blood and adds oxygen. Basically, ECMO serves as your heart and lungs, supplying blood with oxygen and pumped back into the body, allowing your own organs to rest and to help the impaired function.” Why is ECMO important in saving lives?  “This state-of-the-art procedure can save lives in cases that otherwise would offer little chance of survival and can act as a bridge to those needing heart or lung transplants,” says Dr. Kimball Knackstedt, Cardiovascular surgeon, Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health, and Co-Medical Director of the ECMO program. “ECMO can be a game changer and a last resort for patients with severe heart and lung conditions. The procedure isn’t for everyone. ECMO requires anticoagulation, so a common complication is bleeding. This makes the therapy complex for trauma patients who often have life threatening heart and lung failure but due to severe bleeding, cannot utilize ECMO. We look forward to providing care for patients who are too unstable for transport and who could die before receiving needed care.” "Renown Health serves more than one million patients in a 100,000-square mile reach across Nevada, Lake Tahoe and eastern California. The Helmsley Charitable Trust grant to the Renown Health Foundation will help give severe respiratory distress and cardiogenic shock patients a greater chance of survival and lessen the need for risky and lengthy transfers out of the community,” said Taralynn Bassham, BSN, Director of Nursing, Critical Care. “This investment in critical life support technology enables the best chance of survival for our patients suffering severe heart and/or lung failure during their most critical moments. This is truly a gift of life for many.”  ECMO programs growing across the U.S.  ECMO technology was developed in the late 1960s by a team led by Robert H. Bartlett, MD. Its main purpose was to serve as a long-term “bypass machine” to support the lungs or heart, which was not feasible at that time with conventional bypass machines. ECMO was first used successfully in 1971 by a patient with severe lung dysfunction after a motorcycle accident. In 1976, it was also used successfully for a baby who had severe lung injury from meconium aspiration, which led to increased use in the pediatric population. In 2009, ECMO was used worldwide in the treatment of severe lung failure during the H1N1 influenza pandemic. More than 100 new ECMO programs were launched in the U.S. in the last 3-5 years. Today, there are 6,120 hospitals in the U.S. and only 300 to 400 with ECMO programs according to the American Medical Association.  “We are launching our ECMO program with the capability to support up to 2 patients simultaneously for the first 1-2 years and aim to eventually perform 40 cases annually,” said Rob Blamire, Enterprise Project Manager for Renown. “Initially, we will focus on adult patients and later expand to include pediatric care. Depending on a patient’s needs, ECMO support varies from several days to weeks. The entire Renown team takes immense pride in introducing this leading-edge life support technology to our community, benefiting area patients and their families.”  What conditions may ECMO support help treat? There are several conditions extracorporeal life support can aid in treating, such as: Adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS); Burns (smoke inhalation); Cardiogenic shock; Heart attack; Respiratory failure; Myocarditis; Pulmonary embolism;Sepsis; and as a “bridge” to transplant. Supported by Innovative ECMO Concepts  “We appreciate the partnership with the team at Innovative ECMO Concepts, a leading provider of ECMO who specialize in providing support for launching and refining ECMO programs,” said Bill Plauth, MD, MMM, CPE, Chief Medical Officer for Renown Health, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. "From initial consultation to working bedside, staff training, and ongoing program evaluation, IEC’s comprehensive approach has ensured seamless integration and optimal outcomes for patients. “We are proud to help set a new standard in patient care and safety in northern Nevada through Renown’s ECMO program,” comments Dr. John Mehall, Chief Medical Officer at IEC. “This achievement is a testament to the team’s unwavering commitment to improving outcomes for patients requiring ECMO therapy.” Thank you to The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust "This life-support procedure would not be possible without the generosity of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The Trust's ongoing support for Renown Health and our community helps us further our healing mission," said Greg Walaitis, Chief Development Officer, Renown Health Foundation. If you are a hospital or referring provider and want more information about our ECMO program, please contact the Renown Operations & Transfer Center.  For media interviews, contact news@renown.org or 775-691-7308. About Renown Health  Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,500 employees, Renown has fostered a longstanding culture of excellence, determination, and innovation. The organization comprises a trauma center for adults and children, 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. For more information, visit renown.org.

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    • Wednesday, Jun 19, 2024

    As Second Northern NV Hospital Closes Pediatrics Unit, Renown Children’s Hospital Expands to Meet Community Need for Essential Services

    Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center (Reno, NV) closed their inpatient pediatric unit for infants and children on June 1. This follows the 2022 decision by St Mary’s Medical Center (also in Reno) to close their 24-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and 18-bed pediatric floor in addition to eliminating maternity and birthing services. Why Are Hospitals Closing Pediatric Units? “Across the nation, pediatric units are being shuttered in favor of more lucrative units for adult care,” writes Brenna Miller, a Health Communications Specialist at the Lown Institute in her blog, Pediatrics and Profits: Why children’s hospital units are closing (Dec. 2022). “Why is pediatrics a drain on hospital finances? One reason is reimbursement. Medicaid, the state-run health insurance program for low-income patients, covers more than one third of children in the US, and Medicaid reimbursement rates are typically lower than those from other insurers.” The New York Times also reported a nationwide wave of hospitals shutting down their pediatric units in favor of more profitable adult units. “Adult beds are more lucrative than children’s beds. So as institutions look to boost profit margins, pediatrics is often among the first services to be cut,” said Emily Baumgaertner, Oct. 11, 2022. “The decline of local access to children’s inpatient care began over a decade ago and accelerated during the pandemic. Between 2008 and 2018 — the most recent national data available — pediatric inpatient units in the United States decreased almost 20 percent, and nearly a quarter of children found themselves farther from their nearest pediatric unit.” Northern Nevada Health System and St. Mary’s Medical Center are owned by for-profit investor companies, Universal Health Services, Inc., and Prime Healthcare. Renown Children’s is Here for You and Your Child “Renown is focused on meeting the community’s need for essential services, offering peace of mind knowing that any time, day or night, kids can get sick, and when they do, we are here to care for them, says Brian Erling, MD, MBA, president & CEO, Renown Health. “Renown is owned by our community, not by stockholders or private investors. We are a charitable, not-for-profit organization supported by grateful patients and donors. We are proud that 100% of our earnings are reinvested in programs, people, and equipment to improve the health of our community. We are investing in high quality health care for children; recruiting and training the next generation of physicians, nurses, and clinicians; and enhancing the quality of life for generations to come.” “At Renown Children’s, we offer a full range of pediatric services- both inpatient and outpatient,” says Kristina Deeter, MD, MBA, FAAP, Chair of Pediatrics (UNR Med) and Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children’s Hospital. “Our hospital services include a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, Children’s Emergency Room (open 24/7), Pediatric ICU (PICU), children’s imaging center and a Level III neonatal ICU (NICU) within Renown Regional Medical Center. We also have a team of dedicated pediatricians who specialize in caring for children from birth to young adulthood. This includes preventative care such as annual checkups, immunizations, developmental screenings, and nutrition and physical activity counseling. Whether you're a new parent or an experienced caregiver, we're here to support you and your child every step of the way.” In addition to providing comprehensive OB/GYN and birthing services, Renown Health has invested in and expanded their team of dedicated pediatricians and support staff to ensure your child receives the best care possible in the highest quality facilities. New Neonatal Intensive Care Unit The Wilbur D. May Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is located on the fifth floor of the Tahoe Tower at Renown Regional Medical Center. This special floor was designed to provide advanced care for 49 premature babies and newborns. As the only level III NICU in the region, Renown’s team of neonatologists, nurses, and specialists provides around-the-clock care for premature and sick infants, ensuring the highest standard of care.   New Pediatric Intensive Care Unit The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Children's Hospital provides specialized care for critically ill patients ranging from newborns to young adults, primarily those under eighteen. These team cares for a variety of conditions, including respiratory issues, infections, genetic and metabolic disorders, traumas, accidents, and post-surgical recovery. A dedicated team of pediatric intensivists, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dietitians, and other professionals ensure that our most fragile children receive the attention and compassionate care they deserve. Pediatrics Specialties & Services  Over 50 Pediatricians and Pediatric Clinicians provide care in the following areas. Appointments can be scheduled via MyChart or by calling Renown at 775-982-5437.  Adolescent Medicine Child Life Program Children's Fractures Children's Hand Treatments Clubfoot & Foot Disorders Hip Disorders Limb Deformity Neuromuscular Diseases & Syndromes Pediatric Behavioral Health Pediatric Cardiology Pediatric Care Pediatric Endocrinology Pediatric Gastroenterology Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Pediatric Hospital Medicine Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Pediatric Nephrology Pediatric Neurology Pediatric Ophthalmology Pediatric Orthopedics Pediatric Pulmonology Pediatric Sedation Services Pediatric Sports Medicine Pediatric Surgery Pediatric Urology Safe Kids Washoe County Scoliosis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Renown Children’s Hospital is supported by grateful patients and donors. Secure a brighter future for local children by donating to the Renown Health Foundation at 775-982-5545 or at renown.org/About/Renown-Health-Foundation.     About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,500 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.

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    • Monday, Jun 17, 2024

    Renown Health Earns "Best Place for Working Parents" Designation

    Renown Health has earned the “Best Place for Working Parents” designation for 2024 as a family-friendly workplace in Nevada.   “We are honored to be recognized as a Best Place for Working Parents, said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO of Renown Health. This designation reflects Renown’s commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive workplace where our physicians, clinicians and employees can thrive professionally and personally. We understand the challenges that working parents face, and we are working to foster a more family-friendly environment. Together, we are building a People-First culture that values caring, integrity, collaboration, and excellence.” “This designation recognizes Renown Health’s commitment to supporting working parents with family-friendly policies and practices,” said Sandeep Randhawa, MS, Chief People Officer. “Our People First culture and mindset supports the well-being of Renown’s more than 7,500 exceptional physicians and employees. Our best-in-class talent management programs focus on attracting and retaining healthcare professionals; ensuring that Renown’s values are reinforced with strategic decisions aimed at empowering our employees to perform at their best. We are incredibly proud of our team and the total rewards package we offer. We continue to look at meaningful ways to recognize and reward our extraordinary team for their contributions and achievements.” “This designation recognizes Renown Health’s commitment to supporting working parents with family-friendly policies and practices,” said Sandeep Randhawa, MS, Chief People Officer. “Our People-First culture supports the personal needs and well-being of Renown’s more than 7,500 exceptional physicians and associates. Our best-in-class talent management programs focus on hiring, training, and growing our professionals; ensuring that Renown’s values are reinforced with every strategic decision. We are incredibly proud of our team and the benefits we offer. We will continue to look for new benefits and conveniences to bring to our extraordinary team.”  “The Best Place for Working Parents” is made up of community businesses that work to educate organizations on the importance of promoting family in the workplace. Renown was recognized for offering the following family-friendly benefits.  Expanded physical health, medical, prescription and dental benefits for full-time and part-time employees Flexible Spending Accounts Enhanced wellness and mental health support Appreciating and engaging employees Paid volunteer opportunities Everyday Amazing and Celebrate Amazing service milestone events Community and family event discounts Debt-free Financial Wellness program Emergency Financial Fund through Renown Health Foundation Educational assistance reimbursement, student loan repayment, continuing education Onsite Childcare Center Flexible schedules and locations Retirement Savings Plans and matches For more information or to join the Renown family, apply online at renown.org/careers. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,500 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. For more information, visit renown.org.

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    • Friday, Jun 14, 2024

    Reno Rodeo Foundation Grants Three Rodeo Wishes to Renown Children’s Hospital Patients and Families

    Pictured Above: Rodeo Wish recipients stand with representatives from the Reno Rodeo Foundation and Renown Children’s Hospital at the E.L. Wiegand Pavilion at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. The Reno Rodeo Foundation has once again demonstrated its commitment to improving the lives of local children with its annual “Rodeo Wish” program. This year, the Foundation is funding the wishes of three young patients at Renown Children’s Hospital with $36,000 in funding. Renown Children’s Hospital is northern Nevada’s only dedicated pediatric hospital with a 24/7 Children’s Emergency Room and a Level II American College of Surgeons Trauma Center designation.  “We are grateful to the Reno Rodeo Foundation and their Reno Rodeo Wish program which assists young people who have unique and extraordinary life and medical needs,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Renown Health. “This program helps improve the quality of life for both patients and families, through granting their ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ wishes. All of us at Renown are inspired by our patients and families; and thrilled that three families will benefit from this generous donation. We appreciate the community’s trust and partnership in improving the health and well-being of children.” “Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children facing medical challenges,” said Debby Herman, Reno Rodeo Foundation Board President. “By granting these wishes, we provide financial support and memorable experiences that offer comfort and happiness.” “Renown Children’s Hospital is dedicated to improving the health of our pediatric patients, and committed to the welfare, happiness and comfort of every child entrusted to our care,” said Kristina Deeter, MD, MBA, FAAP, Chair of Pediatrics (UNR Med) and Physician-in-Chief, Renown Children’s Hospital. “The Rodeo Wish program demonstrates the importance of inspiring hope for children experiencing extraordinary health conditions that require acute care. These meaningful donations from the Reno Rodeo Foundation highlight our community’s deep-rooted ties with Renown Children’s Hospital.” Since its inception in 2003, the Rodeo Wish program has selected children nominated by local hospitals to receive funding for special wishes that significantly improve their quality of life. This year, every patient receiving a gift was nominated by a care provider at Renown Children’s Hospital. The surprises were revealed at a heartwarming event held in Fianna’s Healing Garden at Renown Regional Medical Center on Monday, June 10. Becky Haase, RN, Renown Health Director of Nursing, Women and Children’s Services, has witnessed the lasting impact of the Rodeo Wish program on the lives of Children’s Hospital patients over the last 21 years. “The Reno Rodeo Foundation grants gifts that help build positive and lasting memories for our young patients and their brave families. It is inspiring to see the hopeful and excited smiles on the children’s faces during the announcements. We are grateful to the Reno Rodeo Foundation for their continued support,” Haase said. “We are deeply honored to bring joy and support to these incredible children and their families,” said Cheree Boteler, Executive Director of the Reno Rodeo Foundation. “Each wish granted this week reflects the community’s spirit of generosity and the unwavering dedication of everyone involved with the Reno Rodeo Foundation.” The Reno Rodeo Wish recipients will be recognized as V.I.P.s during the Reno Rodeo with a special presentation in the arena on Tuesday, June 25. For more information on the Reno Rodeo Foundation’s Rodeo Wish program, visit renorodeofoundation.org/rodeo-wish. About Renown Health  Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,500 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. About the Reno Rodeo Foundation The Reno Rodeo Foundation was incorporated in 1986 and is a Nevada-based registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. In addition to the annual Denim Drive that helps clothe foster children 365 days a year, the organization provides educational scholarships to eligible northern Nevada high school graduates including supporting foster youth education, funds a Reno Rodeo Wish for a child, provides funding to purchase new books to comfort Denim Drive children for required family court proceedings, builds community partnerships and serves as the anchor for large capital projects to improve the lives of children. Like Reno Rodeo Foundation on Facebook, follow on Instagram and Twitter or for more information, please visit RenoRodeoFoundation.org.

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    • Wednesday, May 15, 2024

    Renown Wins Best of Community Choice Awards 2024

    Renown Health, the premier provider of healthcare services in northern Nevada, is proud to announce its physicians, nurses and clinicians have again been selected as the winner of several 2024 Best of Reno Official Community’s Choice Awards. These accolades reflect the unwavering dedication, exceptional service and high-quality care delivered by the Renown Health team to the communities it serves.   Each year, the Best of Reno Community’s Choice Awards recognizes northern Nevada businesses and organizations. The awards program starts with public nominations, and from the top five nominees in each category, the voting round selects the finalists and winners. This year, Renown Health was honored as a winner of the following categories: Best Hospital/Medical Center: Renown Health Best Hospital Emergency Room: Renown Health  Best Maternity & Childbirth Center: Renown Health, Women’s Health- Multiple Locations Best Family Practice: Renown Health, Primary Care-Multiple Locations  Best Pediatric Clinic: Renown Health, Pediatric Care- Multiple Locations  Best Urgent Care/Walk-In Clinic: Renown Health, Urgent Care-Multiple Locations  “We are honored to receive these Best of Reno Community Choice Awards, as they represent the trust and appreciation of our patients, their families and the broader community,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO of Renown Health. “These awards reflect the hard work and dedication of our entire team, from our medical staff to our support services. I am proud of them and the exceptional care they provide each day. As the area’s only not-for-profit healthcare network, Renown is dedicated to putting People First and making a genuine difference in the health of the people and communities we serve. Together, we are fostering a culture rooted in our values of caring, collaboration, integrity, and excellence. We appreciate and are humbled by the community’s confidence in our care and service.” For a primary care physician or practitioner, please visit www.Renown.org or schedule an appointment by calling Renown’s customer service agents by phone- Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat-Sun: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 775-982-5000.  Join our talented community of healthcare professionals today as an employee, volunteer, or donor at www.renown.org.       About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,400 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. For more information, visit renown.org.

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    • Monday, May 13, 2024

    Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health Conducts First Farapulse™ Procedure In Nevada to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

    PICTURED ABOVE: Members of the Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health celebrate the first FARAPULSE™ procedure in Nevada on March 18, 2024. Physicians, nurses and clinicians at the Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health have achieved a groundbreaking milestone as they successfully completed the first cardiac ablation procedure done in Nevada, utilizing the FARAPULSE™ Pulsed Field Ablation System this past March. "Atrial fibrillation, commonly known as Afib or AF, is an irregular heartbeat caused by an abnormal heart rhythm that makes the upper heart chambers (the atria) quiver or fibrillate. It’s the most common heart rhythm irregularity—or cardiac arrhythmia—and it’s estimated that by 2030, 12.1 million people in the U.S. may have Afib,” said Rahul Mediwala, MD, MBA, CEO of Renown Medical Group. “While Afib itself generally is not life-threatening, the complications from Afib can be very serious, as it can increase the risk for heart problems such as heart failure and stroke. We are pleased to introduce additional therapies that allow physicians to serve more patients, reduce complications and benefit overall public health.” "Our team takes immense pride in pioneering Nevada's first cardiac ablation procedure with the FARAPULSE™ Pulsed Field Ablation System, an FDA-approved innovation for atrial fibrillation treatment,” said Shining Sun, MD, a board-certified cardiologist trained in the procedure, at the Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health. “This milestone represents a significant leap forward in cardiac care and underscores our commitment to advancing innovative treatments for atrial fibrillation, said Matthew Cain, MD, a board-certified cardiac electrophysiologist trained in the procedure. “We anticipate a significant reduction in anesthesia duration and wait times for patients undergoing this FDA-approved procedure due to its efficiency.” What is Atrial Fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation (AF) occurs when the top two chambers of the heart, the atria, beat too fast and with an irregular rhythm (fibrillation). AF, the most common type of arrhythmia, can decrease the heart’s pumping efficiency, which can cause blood cells to pool and stick together, forming clots in the heart, and lead to stroke. People with AF have a higher risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications than those with normal heart rhythms. AF affects nearly 2% of the general population worldwide, and approximately seven million Americans live with this arrhythmia. An estimated 38 million people globally have AF. About the FARAPULSE Pulsed Field Ablation System The FARAPULSE PFA System is a new alternative to standard-of-care thermal ablation. During a traditional ablation procedure, a catheter is guided to the interior of the heart and generates extreme temperatures – hot or cold – to destroy targeted areas in the heart associated with abnormal heart rhythms. The FARAPULSE PFA System relies on tissue selective, non-thermal electric fields to ablate heart tissue and avoid damage to surrounding structures. Positive 12-month data from the pivotal ADVENT clinical trial – the first randomized clinical trial to directly compare the efficacy and safety of the system against standard-of-care ablation – found that therapy with the device was as safe and effective as conventional thermal ablation, with statistically shorter ablation times and a quicker learning curve for physicians. Additional data from more than 17,000 patients demonstrated continued real-world safety of the system, with no reports of permanent phrenic nerve palsy, pulmonary vein stenosis or esophageal injury. Visit your primary care physician to hear more, or for a referral to the Renown Heart & Vascular Institute. If you would like a primary care physician or practitioner, please visit www.Renown.org or schedule an appointment by calling Renown’s customer service agents available by phone- Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat-Sun: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 775-982-5000. Renown Regional Medical Center has been named #1 Hospital in Nevada by US News & World Report for the past three years as the best hospital for patients with complex, life-threatening, or rare conditions for the last two years and rated highest in NV in eight specialty areas including, Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Diabetes & Endocrinology; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Nephrology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology & Lung Surgery. Renown South Meadows Medical Center in south Reno has earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in health care. This national distinction recognizes Renown Health’s national accomplishments in ensuring safe, high-quality hospital care for patients. B-roll footage of the cardiac ablation procedure utilizing the FARAPULSE™ Pulsed Field Ablation System is provided by Boston Scientific® and available for media use here. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,400 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.

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    • Friday, May 10, 2024

    Renown Health and Aetna® Announce Contract Agreement

    Renown Health and Aetna, a CVS Health Company, have reached a new, multi-year agreement that allows Aetna members to maintain in-network access to Renown Medical Group primary care and specialist physicians and advanced practitioners, Renown’s Urgent Cares and hospitals including Renown Regional Medical Center; Renown South Meadows Medical Center; Renown Children’s Hospital and Renown Rehabilitation Hospital. Both organizations worked diligently to reach a fair agreement without impacting patient care for current Aetna members. The agreement protects affordability and provides Aetna members with access to premier healthcare services, physicians, and facilities. “Renown’s agreement with Aetna further demonstrates our mission as a charitable, not-for-profit academic health system to ensure access to quality healthcare,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President, and CEO of Renown Health. “As doctors, nurses, and caregivers, we want to provide the greatest access, experience, and highest-quality care for our community including those insured by Aetna. Together, we are poised to positively impact the lives of thousands of families in our region, providing them with the comprehensive coverage and support they need to lead better, healthier lives.” “We are committed to serving Aetna members with access to quality, convenient, affordable care through our network of providers,” said John Wagner, Aetna Chief Network and Operations Officer for Nevada. “We are pleased to reach an agreement with Renown Health that enables us to continue working together to meet the health care needs of our members across northern Nevada.” Renown Regional Medical Center has been named the #1 Hospital in Nevada by US News & World Report for the past three years as the best hospital for patients with complex, life-threatening, or rare conditions for the last two years and rated highest in NV in eight specialty areas including, Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Diabetes & Endocrinology; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Nephrology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology & Lung Surgery. Renown South Meadows Medical Center in south Reno has earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in health care. This national distinction recognizes Renown Health’s national accomplishments in ensuring safe, high-quality hospital care for patients. Consumers with questions can contact by using the toll-free number on the back of their current insurance identification card or visit www.aetna.com. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,400 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. For more information, visit renown.org.  About Aetna  Aetna®, a CVS Health business, serves an estimated 34 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary, and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, visit www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world.

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    • Tuesday, May 07, 2024

    Reno Home to Top-Performing Supply Chain of Distinction

    Only organization in Nevada and one of 4,100 to receive national recognition for healthcare supply operations. Renown Health has earned the Top 25 Medium Hospitals- Supply Chain of Distinction Award, which recognizes top performing hospitals and health systems in North America for "perfect order" metrics for supply chain performance by GHX. The Supply Chains of Distinction Award honors GHX Exchange-connected provider organizations that excelled in driving best-in-class supply chain operations. This is achieved through the successful execution of perfect order metrics during a calendar year. GHX represents more than 4,100 hospitals across North America. “We are proud to recognize our Supply Chain team for achieving exceptional performance and being recognized nationally for best-in-class operations,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Renown Health. “A well-run supply chain helps to ensure that physicians, nurses, and clinicians have the necessary resources to provide quality care to patients. Effective supply chain management helps to reduce costs, minimize waste, and optimize inventory levels. We celebrate and thank our team for their continued dedication to making a genuine difference in the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.” Awareness of hospital supply chains increased during the COVID-19 pandemic when lockdowns were implemented globally, slowing down the manufacturing of new products and pharmaceuticals and interrupting the smooth flow of goods. Supply chains play a role in every industry, but those in healthcare are particularly vital, ensuring that the right products in the right quantities are available at the right places and at the right times, to ensure excellence in patient care. "Each of these outstanding organizations demonstrates a deep commitment to innovation in service to a more reliable, responsive and resilient healthcare supply chain," said Tina Vatanka Murphy, president, and CEO, GHX. "Renown Health is driving the industry forward and making positive, lasting contributions to the patients and families we serve together.” “With more than 4,100 North American hospitals vying for this level of excellence, this is an enormous feat for our purchasing and data management teams,” says Mary Shipley MBA, LMT, CCT Director of Supply Chain at Renown Health. “It is difficult to meet these standards of performance, and we’ve been working towards this for ten years. It is heartwarming to be nationally recognized for our work for our medical professionals and patients.” This ranking is based upon a set of "perfect order" metrics, rated as a percentage of PO lines sent across the GHX Exchange that are touchless and completely automated, from purchase through payment. ### About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,400 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.  About GHX Building on decades of collaboration among providers, manufacturers, distributors and other industry stakeholders, Global Healthcare Exchange, LLC (GHX) is leading the charge in helping organizations run the new business of healthcare. By automating key business processes and translating evidence-based analytics and data into meaningful action, GHX is helping the healthcare ecosystem to move faster, operate more intelligently and achieve greater outcomes. With the support of GHX, healthcare organizations have removed billions of dollars of wasteful healthcare spend. For more information on GHX’s suite of cloud-based supply chain solutions, visit www.ghx.com and The Healthcare Hub.

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    • Monday, May 06, 2024

    Renown South Meadows Medical Center Earns Highest "A" Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group

    Only hospital in northern Nevada to receive national recognition for patient safety and quality Renown South Meadows Medical Center in south Reno has earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care consumers and purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care. Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in health care—collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data to inform value-based purchasing and improved decision-making. This national distinction recognizes Renown Health’s national accomplishments in ensuring safe, high-quality hospital care for patients. The Leapfrog Group is an independent, nonprofit organization that upholds the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 measures of errors, accidents, injuries, and infections as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent them.  Leapfrog sets their standards using peer reviewed literature and expert opinion, peer comparisons, and alignment with existing national standards or performance targets. “We are very proud to recognize physicians, nurses, clinicians and the entire team at Renown South Meadows Medical Center for achieving exceptional Leapfrog performance in Patient-Centered Care, Critical Care, Nursing and Bedside Care for Patients, Patient Safety, Medication Safety, and Care for Total Joint Replacement and Elective Outpatient Surgery Patients,” said Brian Erling, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Renown Health. “As the only locally governed not-for-profit academic healthcare network in the region, Renown’s success is shared with our patients and community. We celebrate and thank our physicians, nurses, and caregivers for their continued dedication to making a genuine difference in the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.” “Everyone who works at Renown South Meadows Medical Center should be proud of this ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes complete dedication at every level, and an ironclad commitment to putting patients first. I thank Renown South Meadows Medical Center’s leadership, clinicians, staff, and volunteers for caring so deeply for patients and their safety.” “We are proud of our affiliated physicians and teams who give their best every day, to ensure that every patient’s care and safety is their top priority,” said Sam Weller, MHPA, CEO, Renown South Meadows Medical Center. “We recognize that when you choose a hospital, you could be making a life-or-death decision. Not every hospital is the same. Performance on things like infection rates, surgical errors, or patient injuries varies considerably—and matters greatly. It’s important for consumers to know and consider these things when choosing what physicians, hospital, or Emergency Room to select for their care. We are very excited to be recognized as the only hospital to achieve this designation in northern Nevada, and only one of two in the state (the other being in Las Vegas).”   To see Renown South Meadows Medical Center’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter) and via The Leapfrog Group newsletter.   The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. Renown Regional Medical Center received a B score for Fall & Spring 2023. For more information on the Leapfrog Group and the Spring 2023 scores, please visit: hospitalsafetyscore.org. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally governed, not-for-profit integrated health care network serving Nevada, Lake Tahoe, and northeast California. With a diverse workforce of more than 7,400 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. For more information, visit renown.org.  About The Leapfrog Group Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. For more, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter.

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