Renown Health President and CEO Dr. Tony Slonim recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives in the U.S. Renown Health President and CEO, Anthony Slonim, M.D., DrPH, FACHE, has been selected as one of the top influential clinical executives in the U.S. for his innovation and leadership in healthcare on a national level. Dr. Slonim is joined by an elite list of 50 esteemed honorees identified as Modern Healthcare’s “Most Influential Clinical Executives.” The list features leaders from top-rated institutions across the country including an impressive list of that includes Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and colleagues from Weill Cornell Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, UCLA Health and more. Fawn Lopez, publisher and vice president of Modern Healthcare, the industry's leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information, noted, “Under Slonim’s leadership, Renown a couple of years ago launched the Healthy Nevada Project® with the goal of doing comprehensive population health work. The Project has sequenced genetic data with 60,000 study participants was expanded across the state. The system is also building a new clinically integrated network after joining forces with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. In 2018, Slonim was appointed by the governor as one of the two hospital officials on the state’s Patient Protection Commission, which advises policymakers on access and equity issues. During the pandemic, Renown was an early leader in adopting home monitoring systems, offering free ICU beds to those in need, and expanding disease monitoring. Slonim wrote passionately about the loss of his father to COVID and used that experience as the backdrop to advocate for more family and staff support structures.” “Under Dr. Slonim’s leadership, Renown Health is an extraordinary force for good in our community,” said James DeVolld, chair of the Renown Health Board and Managing Director, Commercial Banking at First Independent Bank. “He leads by example to serve our patients, employees and community, helping pave the way for other leaders and physicians to thrive at Renown. We are honored to serve our community alongside Tony as we work together to make a genuine difference for those we serve.” “We never would have anticipated the challenges we encountered through the pandemic. The highest priority of all CEOs - whether you are the leader of a state or a health system - is to ensure safety and the public’s health. Knowing I had a solid team in place to mitigate, prepare, respond, communicate, and recover from the COVID 19 outbreak and provide access to people who needed us most, gave me confidence and Dr. Slonim was a critical part of that team,” said Steve Sisolak, Governor of the State of Nevada. “Little did we know we would also face an economic crisis, political turmoil and significant social unrest. While at times these challenges seemed daunting, they also accelerated our ability to learn and grow together, to prove we could manage through times of great ambiguity, to move at unprecedented speeds, and have ultimately prepared us to change our world for the better. On reflection, it turned out that we could not have asked for better preparation for our future. Thank you, Dr. Slonim.” “Tony is just getting started! Renown Health and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) have announced our affiliation and the creation of the first integrated health system in northern Nevada, said Brian Sandoval, President, University of Nevada, Reno. “Dr. Slonim has always answered the call, and worked with me to improve health through proactive community-based prevention, to create an exceptional healthcare system for those with acute and chronic diseases, and to care for all people in our community. We are so fortunate to have him in Nevada.” During Dr. Slonim’s career at major healthcare organizations and academic institutions, he has developed a national profile as an academic leader and tenured professor, holding appointments as clinical professor in the departments of internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Slonim is also an expert in patient safety, accountable care, health care quality and innovative care delivery models focused on improving health within the community. Since joining Renown as CEO and President in July 2014, Dr. Slonim has completely reoriented northern Nevada’s largest locally governed, not-for-profit healthcare network. With a personal passion for population health, Dr. Slonim created the Institute for Healthcare Innovation, launching the nation’s first community-based, population health study that currently has more than 60,000 participants and is returning clinical results on the first three genetic conditions identified. The Healthy Nevada Project® is a collaboration with global leader in environmental data, Desert Research Institute, and personal genomics company, Helix. The Healthy Nevada Project combines genetic, environmental, social and clinical data to address individual and community health needs with the goal of improving health across the state, and the nation. The “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” awards and recognition program honors individuals in healthcare deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare to be paving the way to better health through their executive responsibility, leadership qualities, community service and achievements inside and outside of their organization. Judging for the final ranking of the 50 Most Influential list is based on readers’ votes as well as input from the senior editors of Modern Healthcare. Dr. Slonim was among the initial nominee list of 150 names published in March 2021. For more information about the program, please contact Jodi Sniegocki. About Renown Health Renown Health is the region’s largest, locally 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. Clinical institutes include: Cancer, Heart and Vascular Heath, 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 renown.org.
Expanded test processing capabilities is resulting in faster test results, lessening the load on the state lab, and helping keep patients, care providers and the community safe. Renown Health announced today that its in-house laboratory is now able to process up to 500 COVID-19 tests for hospital patients and care providers each day. The organization has invested in expanded test processing capabilities to better serve the community amid the coronavirus pandemic, and to increase testing available across the state. Next month, Renown anticipates continuing to further expand testing capacity and doubling its capacity to be able to provide 1,000 tests per day in preparation for the continued response to the pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic is not going away- it is still with us. I am concerned by the number of new cases and hospitalizations we are seeing across northern Nevada. We must do more testing. We need broader capabilities around making sure we have broad-scale surge testing available, so we can help people identify if they have COVID-19 or not,” said Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, Renown’s President & CEO. “If I could test 60,000 people in northern Nevada for COVID-19, like we did for the Healthy Nevada Project, we could better understand with data and facts the proportion of people who actually have COVID-19 versus those that just have the sniffles and a cold.” Launched in 2016, the Healthy Nevada Project https://healthynv.org/ is a community-based population study where free genetic testing is provided to thousands of Nevadans to learn about the health of the community and each person’s genetic risks. As of Tuesday, 2,286 people in northern Nevada have been tested, and positive cases were nearing 700. Seventy four people in northern Nevada have died; 1,526 have recovered. https://www.washoecounty.us/health/programs Dr. Slonim says it would help him and others make important decisions and plans for coronavirus with evidence. He wants to be able to test many more individuals across northern Nevada. “Testing is pivotal upstream, so you can prevent consequences downstream,” said Dawn D. Ahner, DSc, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer – Renown Acute Services. “By processing our own tests, we’ve reduced the turnaround to receive results to just 12-24 hours, which will have a profoundly positive impact on our community, and lightens the load on the State lab. “Testing is an incredibly important tool in our fight against coronavirus,” said Tim Stephens, vice president of ancillary services. “There's no 100% perfect test, however, the PCR tests are so incredibly sensitive, that when done perfectly, have a very low false-positive rate. Certified labs like Renown’s use a number of procedures to reduce the risk of false test results.” “The expansion of our lab’s new testing capabilities during this time is a testament to the innovative and important work being done here at Renown,” said Erik Olson, CEO of Renown Regional Medical Center. “Throughout the pandemic, our ancillary team, which includes services like laboratory, radiology and pharmacy, has been quick to adapt to the needs of our patients and our community. I am pleased that we are able to generate critical test results for patients and providers as we continue the fight against COVID-19 and go the extra mile for safety.” Going the extra mile for safety As an added safety measure, acute hospital patients; patients preparing for surgery, and care providers who may have come into contact with those positive for COVID-19, are among those that receive mandatory PCR testing from Renown at this time. For patients receiving hospital care, these tests help determine if patients should be placed in a designated area of the hospital to mitigate the risk of transmission to those not infected. Furthermore, all surgery patients are tested ahead of their surgery and self-quarantine prior to their surgical procedure at Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center. How do PCR tests work? PCR tests use a sample of mucus typically taken from a person's nose or throat. The test looks for the genetic material of the coronavirus, using a technology called PCR to detect if the viral genetic material is present. Those actively infected with the virus will show the existence of that material. Individuals who think they should be tested for COVID-19 are encouraged to call their medical provider or contact the Washoe County Health District at 775-328-2427 for a risk assessment. For up-to-date information on Renown’s approach to keeping our community safe, visit our website at renown.org/covid-19/. Please see b-roll for this story here. About Renown Health Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, 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, Renown Children’s Hospital, Renown 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.