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Brian Erling, MD, MBA President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Erling is a seasoned healthcare executive with over twenty years of experience in diverse healthcare settings. During his career, he has led teams at not-for-profit hospitals, integrated health systems, physician practices and publicly-traded healthcare companies.
Before joining Renown Health in November 2022, Dr. Erling served as a healthcare executive with Centura Health in Denver. His roles during his tenure at Centura Health included Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer and most recently President & CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. A highly experienced emergency medicine physician, Dr. Erling has long been a leader in quality improvement and is a Baldrige Executive Fellow through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).Meet Our CEO Meet Our CEO
Adnan "Eddy" Akbar, MD Chief Medical Officer, Renown Acute Care
Adnan “Eddy” Akbar, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for Renown Acute Care. Dr. Akbar is an experienced, dynamic physician executive and operational leader with a robust record of hospital operations, medical staff leadership and engagement, quality improvement, patient safety, patient experience, risk management, utilization management and clinical documentation improvement. He oversees physicians at Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center.
Dr. Akbar has been with Renown Health for seven years. Previously, he served as Secretary of Medical Staff, an Internal Medicine physician, Chair of the Department of Medicine, Division Chief for Hospital Medicine and most recently as a Hospitalist Physician of Renown Medical Group and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Renown Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Akbar completed his residency in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and earned his medical degree from Aga Khan Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He is currently completing his master’s in healthcare administration at Cornell University. His research interests include observation criteria and appropriate utilization management of hospitalized patients, development and usage of dedicated EPIC® order sets, advancement and development of Milestone appropriate care during acute hospitalization and transitional care policies.
Dr. Akbar is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada-Reno, School of Medicine and a member of the Clinical Faculty at St. Georges University School of Medicine, Grenada. Dr. Akbar is fluent in four languages, including Urdu, Pushto and Hindi.
Ann Beck, MBA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ann offers more than 20 years of experience building and leading high-functioning, engaged teams. She is a practiced healthcare finance leader with 13 years of CFO experience. She has been instrumental in her service to the Acute Care Division, Revenue Cycle, and Health Information Management before her promotion to system Chief Financial Officer. She is deeply experienced in advising and guiding corporations through complex restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, process improvement, and debt financing. Ann joined Renown in 2018. Before her work at Renown, she was the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Carson Tahoe Health System. She restructured existing debt and structured new money issuance to reduce both cost of capital and balance sheet risk. Ann also championed an orthopedic service line improvement project, resulting in reduced length of stay and supply costs.
Chris Bosse, CHIEF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICER
Chris Bosse has worked in healthcare and for Renown Health for more than two decades. As Chief Government Relations Officer for Renown Health, Chris is responsible for developing strategic relationships between Renown Health and government and community bodies. She is also responsible for educating federal and state legislators, government, and community leaders about healthcare and the issues that put Renown's services at risk. Before her role in government relations, she focused primarily on financial projects as Vice President of Finance for Renown Regional Medical Center and Vice President of Financial Operations for Renown's Integrated Health Network. This included traditional financial responsibilities such as financial reporting and budgeting to more healthcare-specific obligations such as reimbursement, medical records, admitting, social services and case management. She serves on the Nevada Hospital Association, HealthInsight Nevada, HealthInsight Management Corporation, HealtHIE Nevada, and Northern Nevada HOPES boards.
Paul Harris, CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL
Paul R. Harris serves as the Chief Legal Officer for Renown Health. Paul is responsible for providing legal counsel and guidance to the health system, advising senior leadership on legal matters, and supervising the health network's representation in legal proceedings. Paul served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at CentraCare Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system in St. Cloud, Minn. He has more than 30 years of legal experience, including oversight of legal and compliance, government relations, risk and team management, as well as serving in private practice. Paul is a member of numerous professional associations and currently serves as counsel and advisory on several professional and community boards.
Paul J. Hauptman, MD Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Paul J. Hauptman is a cardiologist and nationally recognized investigator in outcomes assessment in advanced heart failure. He has served in many academic leadership roles prior to coming to Reno, most recently as Dean at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine-Knoxville and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. As Chief Academic Officer for Renown Health and Dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, his role reflects the cornerstone of the 50-year affiliation and oversees the integrated clinical education and clinical research enterprises shared by the two institutions.
Suzanne Hendery, MA, APR CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Suzanne joined Renown Health from Baystate Health in Springfield, MA, one of the country's top integrated health organizations. As a seasoned healthcare executive, she partners with clinicians, colleagues and community members to listen and collaboratively develop programs, communications and experiences that exceed their expectations. At Renown, she advances the organization's strategy and mission by growing reputation, engagement, loyalty, referrals and volumes in conjunction with her marketing, internal and external communications, web/digital/social media and media relations team. Suzanne has over 25 years of business strategy experience, including marketing, program development, collaborative innovation through branding and digital strategy, customer experience design, and team member and customer engagement. Suzanne earned her Master of Arts in Marketing Communications from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor's degree in Media Systems and Management from Westfield State University in MA. She is a guest lecturer at Harvard University's Masters in Management program, the American Marketing Association Health Care Executive Board, and the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development.
Susan Lee, DO, MBA Chief Operating Officer and Administrator, Renown South Meadows Medical Center
Susan Lee, DO, MBA, is a skilled physician executive and operational leader bringing over 17 years of dedicated hospital medicine, clinical quality and administration experience to Renown Health. Before joining Renown in 2020, Dr. Lee was the Section Chief of Hospital Medicine at Carilion Clinic, a 7-facility nonprofit, integrated health system based in Roanoke, Virginia.
She is the Chief Operating Officer and Administrator at Renown South Meadows Medical Center. Formerly, she served as Acute Medical specialist Chair and Chief Medical Officer of Acute Care at Renown.
Dr. Lee works with the medical leadership staff and is responsible for leading Renown’s South Meadows campus to achieve its strategic and operational goals while ensuring standards of excellence are met for patients and staff. Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, Dr. Lee has based her clinical practice as a hospitalist on the mind-body connection and a collaborative model with patients and families.
Dr. Lee received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and completed her post-baccalaureate educational program at the University of Miami. In addition, she obtained her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
She is actively involved in the American Association for Physician Leadership, the Society of Hospital Medicine and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Rahul Mediwala, MD CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, HEALTH SERVICES
Rahul Mediwala, MD, is a nephrologist and physician executive who has been with Renown Medical Group since 2008 with a focus on driving operational efficiency and quality. He initially joined Renown to lead the nephrology program and as a Medical Director for the dialysis unit. He is now the Chief Medical Officer of the Health Services Division. Over the years, Dr. Mediwala has taken on various leadership roles throughout the health system, such as the Chair of Medical Specialties and Chief Medical Officer for the Renown Accountable Care Organization.
Dr. Mediwala has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in biomedical engineering and a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Before coming to Renown, he served as chief resident for Internal Medicine at University Hospitals in Cincinnati and subsequently completed a nephrology fellowship in Cincinnati. He also practiced with a large nephrology specialty group in Ohio.
Mark Neu, Chief Compliance Officer
Mark Neu brings over twenty years of strategic compliance experience to his role as Chief Corporate Compliance Officer at Renown Health.
In helping ensure all compliance efforts are integrated enterprise-wide, Mark is an expert at managing both external regulations and internal policies. This includes comprehensive employee training and communications around Renown’s Code of Conduct.
Before joining the Renown Health team, Mark served as Compliance and Privacy Officer for Alta Hospitals System in Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in healthcare administration, both from California State University, Long Beach. Mark is also a certified compliance and ethics professional and carries a certification in healthcare compliance.
Chris Nicholas, FACHE, LNFA CEO OF RENOWN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Chris Nicholas completed his bachelor’s degree in business management at Texas Tech University and has a master’s of science in healthcare administration from the University of Texas, Arlington.
Chris began his career in healthcare as a skilled nursing facility administrator operating multiple facilities in Texas and Nevada before transitioning to inpatient rehabilitation hospital leadership with Renown Health in 2016.
Over the last seven years, Chris has served Renown by building high-performing teams and leaders focused on driving quality, service and financial outcomes. Before serving in his current position, Chris was VP & Administrator of Renown South Meadows Medical Center and Neuroscience Service Line. He was also the Senior Administrator of Rehab Services, leading post-acute services and partnerships. Chris started his career with Renown as an Administrator of Rehabilitation Services.
His wife Denise and young daughter Maddi love calling Reno home. As an avid outdoors person, Chris enjoys the many opportunities and access to hiking, mountain biking and snowboarding that Reno provides.
Chris’ dedication to improving healthcare using data, innovation and technology has inspired teams to work together to achieve significant results that have benefited many.
Melodie Osborn, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC Chief Nurse Executive
Melodie Osborn is the Chief Nurse Executive for Renown Health, responsible for the organization's nursing practices. As a member of the executive leadership, she supports and facilitates patient-centered care by creating an environment that promotes high quality and consistency in the standard of practice across Renown Health. In addition, she serves as the executive nursing voice for more than 2,700 nurses.
Before joining Renown Health in 2011, Melodie served as the Administrative Director for Critical Care and Cardiovascular Services at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nevada, Reno, and received her MBA in Health Care Administration from Columbia Southern University.
In 2015, Melodie was elected President of the Nevada Organization of Nurse Leaders. She is currently the advisor of the Nevada Organization for Nurse Leaders, a statewide organization that fosters the development of nurse leaders through mentorship, collaboration and education.
Chuck Podesta, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Charles (Chuck) Podesta has more than 37 years of experience working in information technology (IT), 26 of which he served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at healthcare organizations across the country, including at the University of California Irvine Health, University of Vermont Health Network, Steward Health in Texas and Berkshire Health System in Massachusetts. Chuck joined Renown Health from the University of Connecticut Health System.
As CIO of Renown Health, Chuck leads our patient-oriented IT teams and develops technological innovation strategies that drive financial and quality improvement. In addition to his strategic involvement leading healthcare IT organizations at academic medical centers, health systems and community hospitals, Chuck also brings expertise in spearheading programs and solutions related to cybersecurity, virtual care and analytics.
Chuck is an avid marathon runner for various charities including cancer research, Multiple Sclerosis, Teams for Kids, Alzheimer’s and other rehabilitation programs across the country. He has completed the Abbott Six-Star World Major Marathons which include Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin and Tokyo.
He volunteers for Catholic Charities USA and is active in his church. In addition, Chuck is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society as well as the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Society for Information Management.
Bethany Sexton, MBA Chief Executive Officer, Hometown Health
Before joining Renown in 2014, Bethany was the Vice President of Revenue Cycle at the largest provider of integrated health services in Tacoma, Washington: MultiCare Health System. Bethany received her bachelor's degree in business administration and management at Western Washington University and her master's degree in business administration at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the past board chair of Immunize Nevada and a past board member of the Nevada Women's Fund. She is a mom of three active kids and loves spending time outdoors with her family.
Gregory Walaitis, MA CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Greg Walaitis has more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, board development, fundraising and donor stewardship. As Chief Development Officer, Greg works alongside the Renown Health Foundation Board Chair and Renown's leadership team to guide and drive philanthropy while creating a culture of giving and executing Renown's strategic plan. He joined Renown from Sutter Health, where he served as Executive Director and managed $55 million in donor assets for Sutter Sacramento, Sutter Davis and Sutter Solano Medical Centers. Greg started his career at Arizona State University and served at Fresno State and Trinity Health in advancement positions. Greg has raised significant philanthropic dollars to support many clinical services, programs, technology and equipment. One partnership stands out, Sophie's Place music therapy program with Steve Young's foundation. Greg earned both his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Arizona State University. He is an active member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He and his wife, Karen, have two children (Megan and Derek), both in college. In his free time, Greg coaches lacrosse as a volunteer for the UNR Men's Lacrosse club team.
Renown Health Board
Adam Kramer, Chair
Cliff Deveny, MD
Brian Erling, MD
Marc Mora, MD