Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Regional Medical Center
1155 Mill St

Children's Hospital
1155 Mill St

Rehabilitation Hospital
1495 Mill St

South Meadows Medical Center
10101 Double R Blvd

Skilled Nursing
1835 Oddie Blvd

Carson Valley Medical Center
1107 HWY 395
Center for Advanced Medicine B
1500 E 2nd St

Center for Advanced Medicine C
75 Pringle Way

Institute for Heart & Vascular Health
1155 Mill St

Institute for Cancer
1155 Mill St
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Regional Medical Center
1155 Mill St

Children's Hospital
1155 Mill St

Rehabilitation Hospital
1495 Mill St

South Meadows Medical Center
10101 Double R Blvd

Skilled Nursing
1835 Oddie Blvd

Carson Valley Medical Center
1107 HWY 395
Center for Advanced Medicine B
1500 E 2nd St

Center for Advanced Medicine C
75 Pringle Way

Institute for Heart & Vascular Health
1155 Mill St

Institute for Cancer
1155 Mill St
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Regional Medical Center

1155 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-4100


Renown Regional Medical Center
1155 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
Renown Health serves a 17-county region with a total population in excess of 750,000. Our facilities include two medical centers, a rehabilitation hospital, a skilled nursing facility, numerous medical group and urgent care facilities, and the region's most trusted health insurance provider, Hometown Health. 775-982-5000

Renown Children's Hospital

1155 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-KIDS (5437)

Renown Children's Hospital
1155 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Rehabilitation Hospital

1495 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-3500


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1495 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown South Meadows
Medical Center

10101 Double R Blvd Reno, NV 89521
775-982-7000


Renown South Meadows - 10101 Double R Blvd
10101 Double R Blvd, Reno, NV 89521
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Carson Valley Medical Center

1107 Hwy 395 Gardnerville, NV 89410
775-782-1550


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1107 Highway 395, Gardnerville, NV 89410
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Skilled Nursing

1835 Oddie Blvd Sparks, NV 89431
775-982-3232


Renown Skilled Nursing - 1835 Oddie Blvd
1835 Oddie Boulevard, Sparks, NV 89431
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Health Urgent Care

775-982-5000

Renown Health Urgent Care
9 convenient locations
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.
Renown Lab Services offers convenient access to complete your lab work with 10 locations close to your home or work. For your convenience, many of the locations are located inside or next to Renown hospitals and medical groups. Extended and Saturday hours are available at some locations.
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Center for Advanced Medicine B at Renown Regional

1500 E 2nd St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-4100


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1500 E. 2nd St., Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Center for Advanced Medicine C at Renown Regional

75 Pringle Way Reno, NV 89502
775-982-4100


Center for Advanced Medicine C - 75 Pringle Way
75 Pringle Way, Reno, NV 89502
Based in Reno, Nevada, Renown Health continues to be the regional healthcare leader, serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health network offering more services than all other local healthcare networks combined.

Renown Institute Heart & Vascular Health

1155 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-7888


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1155 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502
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Renown Institute for Cancer

1155 Mill St Reno, NV 89502
775-982-5638


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Homeless Face Hidden Epidemic of Smoking

Three-quarters of this population smoke, and they've been targeted by tobacco companies in the past, advocate says

By Brenda Goodman
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of addiction to cigarettes is extremely high among Americans who are homeless, experts say, and this population needs better access to methods of helping them quit.

There are up to 3.5 million homeless people in the United States and three-quarters of them smoke cigarettes, "a rate that's four times higher than in the general population," say doctors writing in the July 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

As a consequence, "homeless people seem to be dying of smoking-related causes at high rates," said Dr. Travis Baggett, an instructor of medicine at Harvard University. Baggett has been tracking the health problems of 28,000 homeless people in Boston for more than six years as part of his involvement with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

"Cancer is the second leading cause of death overall [for homeless people] and heart disease is the third leading cause of death overall," he said. "The leading type of cancer death was lung cancer."

Treatment of those diseases is expensive and paid for by taxpayer-funded programs, which gives all Americans an economic incentive to tackle the issue.

But Baggett and other experts say there's also a moral imperative to help homeless smokers quit.

"They've sadly been a target of the tobacco industry," Cheryl Healton, president and CEO of Legacy, a national nonprofit that promotes public health, pointed out. "Over time, the tobacco epidemic has become more and more concentrated among those least in a position to pay for cessation services and access health care," she said.

The article highlights past "outreach" efforts by the tobacco industry to target homeless people, including donations of cigarettes and branded blankets to homeless shelters.

R. J. Reynolds even had a callously named program in the 1990s called Project SCUM, for Sub-Culture Urban Marketing, to target "street people" and those with "alternative lifestyles" in San Francisco.

Documents related to project SCUM were uncovered by lawsuits against tobacco companies, and they are currently archived and made publicly available at the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library at the University of California, San Francisco.

The tobacco company now disavows the effort. "This inappropriate and offensive document presented an idea for marketing cigarettes to adult smokers who chose alternative lifestyles," said David Howard, senior director of communications for Reynolds American Services, in an email to HealthDay.

"When R.J. Reynolds became aware of this document, the company saw that it used language that was unacceptable, inappropriate, offensive and insulting, and the company publicly apologized. The document did not reflect the opinions, policies or practices of the company -- in fact, it could not have been more opposed to R.J. Reynolds' operating philosophy and practices," Howard said.

Most importantly, he said, "The proposal was never pursued or put into action."

But Healton contends that that was untrue.

"Not only was it implemented. There are internal documents that show sign-off on the campaign all the way to the top," she said.

By the time it was deployed on the streets, management had given it a name change, to "Project Sourdough."

"There's actually a document demonstrating the success of the campaign. They boosted smoking rates among both people living on the street and gay people," Healton said.

And according to Baggett, once a homeless person starts smoking, health care workers often don't view quitting smoking as their top priority. That's because homeless people may appear to have more urgent needs -- namely finding food and shelter.

"A chronic problem like smoking seems like it maybe shouldn't be the most pressing issue at the forefront of what we're tackling with them. I can certainly understand that," said Baggett, who admits that he didn't discuss smoking with his homeless patients for a long time.

However, he said, "as you take a step back and look at the public health implications and public health impact, what we're finding is difficult to ignore."

And Baggett said that health care workers often make a mistake when they assume that people who are homeless don't want help to quit. "The vast majority of homeless people, just like any other type of patient we see, they want to be healthy. They want to feel better," he said.

"There's something that's reaffirming about addressing issues like exercise and smoking, even with people who are living in extreme circumstances because there's something normalizing and affirming about that," Baggett added.

What's more, Baggett said a strong case can be made for the idea that an addiction to tobacco, which is expensive, is a factor that may keep people from escaping the streets.

"It's not just a financial cost, it's also an opportunity cost, because [of] all the time that's spent getting money for cigarettes." he said. "It's probably contributing to keeping people in the cycle of poverty."

More information

For more about tobacco use among the homeless, visit the National Coalition for the Homeless.


SOURCES: Travis Baggett, M.D., M.P.H., instructor of medicine, Harvard University and staff physician, Boston Health Care for The Homeless Program, Boston; Cheryl Healton, Dr.PH., president and CEO, American Legacy Foundation, Washington, D.C.; David Howard, senior director, communications, Reynolds American Services, Winston-Salem, N.C.; July 18, 2013, New England Journal of Medicine

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