You Can Help Renown Children’s Hospital Patients by Voting for Miracles Now Through Dec. 19
December 23, 2017
With the simple click of a mouse, employees can make a difference in the lives of sick and injured children in our community. The second annual Credit Unions for Kids Vote for Miracles runs now through Dec. 19, as the public is invited to cast their votes to support their favorite Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, including Renown Children’s Hospital.
You can vote daily at VoteforMiracles.org. You can sign up with your email so you are reminded to vote every day.
At the conclusion of the promotion, the top five hospitals will receive a share of a $100,000 donation on behalf of America’s credit unions, compliments of CO-OP Financial Services and CU Direct. The hospital with the most votes will win $50,000. Second through fifth place will receive $20,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $ 5,000, respectively.
When a vote is cast, voters have the option to choose their credit union. The credit union responsible for the most votes in each of the winning markets will be invited to participate in the check presentation for the top hospital. Be sure to type in the name of your favorite Nevada credit union when you vote.
Please vote as well as share on social media, and ask your fellow employees, friends and family to vote while sharing the hashtag #VoteForMiracles.
Renown Health Foundation unveiled its donor recognition wall at Renown Regional Medical Center on Nov. 30 for an audience of donors to the health network.
Depicting the beauty of the northern Nevada landscape, the donor wall is on constant display in the 1st Floor hallway overlooking Fianna’s Healing Garden. There are 258 names on the wall and they include those who have given at least $1000 annually, including 37 employees. There are also members from all four Renown Health boards and Renown Health Auxiliary on the recognition wall, as well as a special Luminary category, for donors who have given more than $1 million in their lifetime.
For a look at the wall and the donor recognition event on Nov. 30, go to Renown’s Flickr page.
Welcome Thomas (Tom) Sanchez, Vice President and CEO of Renown Network Services
December 23, 2017
A leader with decades of experience in many aspects of healthcare joins Renown today. Thomas (Tom) Sanchez is the Vice President and CEO of Renown Network Services.
Tom is responsible for the broad development of Renown outpatient primary and specialty care services including those related to lab and imaging. “Healthcare is in the midst of radical change with significant opportunities for transformation,” Tom said. “Renown Health is so well positioned for this transformation and I’m excited to join this incredibly talented team to improve the health and well-being of our community.”
Tom’s background includes 20-plus years in health facets such as medical group leadership, strategic planning and forecasting, service and facility expansion and market share growth. He also is well versed in lean methodology and working with multidisciplinary teams.
As Chief Operating Officer for The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., he oversaw more than 30 primary care and specialty care departments in 60 clinics. His achievements included opening new departments for orthopedics, ambulatory surgery and mental health.
Tom earned his master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He also has a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging technology from Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls. He is a certified medical practice executive through the American College of Medical Practice Executives and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt program graduate through Purdue University.
Dr. Tony Slonim Named to Becker’s List of Non-Profit CEOs to Know
December 23, 2017
The national company Becker’s Healthcare once again named Dr. Tony Slonim, President and CEO of Renown Health, to the 2017 edition of its list: “183 Non-Profit Hospital and Health System CEOs To Know.”
The men and women on this list lead some of the largest and most successful non-profit healthcare organizations in the country. The Becker’s Healthcare editorial team accepted nominations for this list and selected those included based on editorial judgment.
Dr. Slonim’s bio and the full list of honorees can be found on the Becker’s Hospital Review website.
Renown Regional Hosts Cocoa, Cookies for Its Employees
December 23, 2017
For the holidays, leaders at Renown Regional Medical Center will be hosting cocoa and cookies for employees to celebrate the spirit of the holidays.
A roaming cart with cocoa and cookies will visit nursing units, radiology, lab and surgery at Renown Regional from 10 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
A second event featuring the treats will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Tahoe Tower Lobby. It is OK to also bring treats from the event back to your co-workers on the units or in the departments. Attendees will also have the chance to get a picture with some cute holiday props. The photos will also be on Renown’s Flickr page after the event, so employees can download them.
UPDATE: Here are some photos from the Tahoe Tower lobby event.
Amazon’s Reno Center Donates $10,000 to Renown Children’s Hospital
December 23, 2017
Recently, associates from Amazon’s Reno fulfillment center donated $10,000 to Renown Children’s Hospital to help fight childhood cancer as part of the Amazon Goes Gold campaign. The donation, made on behalf of a Nevada patient, will be directed to children’s cancer care.
During Amazon Goes Gold, 10 million boxes were delivered featuring gold ribbons – the international symbol of childhood cancer – empowering customers to join in the fight one box at a time. To commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Amazon teamed up with the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) to raise national awareness of children’s cancer.
Renown Supports Healthy Activities through City of Reno License Plate Sales, Matching Donations
December 23, 2017
For the next five weeks, Renown Health is teaming up with the City of Reno to encourage sales of a license plate that supports health and wellness activities for everyone in the community we serve.
As announced on Nov. 29, this effort is aimed at selling 500 additional Reno license plates by Dec. 29. A donation of $25 for each plate sale currently goes to Reno Parks and Recreation, but Renown is matching that donation to support affordable access to Parks and Rec services. Plus, Reno City Council member David Bobzien is donating $25 for every plate sold to one of 22 charities. If 500 plates are sold, about $12,500 will go to local charities.
For every plate purchased in this timeframe:
Renown will match with a $25 donation of its own to support affordable access to Parks and Rec services that benefit the health and wellness of our community.
Bobzien will also match with a $25 donation, via his council donation funds, to one of 22 charities on behalf of the purchaser. Go to Reno.Gov/Plate for the list of charities.
Why is this effort lasting just five weeks? Because the City of Reno has until the end of the year to sell 1,000 of these special plates or they will no longer be manufactured or issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There are currently 500 active Reno plates in Nevada.
“We are passionate about helping provide affordable access to healthy activities here at home,” said Wendy Damonte, Vice President of Community Partnerships and Advocacy at Renown. “As a healthcare network focused on overall health and well-being, Renown is excited to join this effort and give back to Parks and Rec services that benefit the health and wellness of our friends, family and neighbors.”
The money raised by the charitable plates will provide a boost in funding to give residents access to beautiful parks, trails, playgrounds, youth and senior services, sports leagues and more.
“As Reno continues to grow, this funding is more important than ever,” Bobzien says. “Our outdoor recreational opportunities are what set us apart from other cities, and we need to continue to preserve and improve our parks, trails and programs.”
For more information, visit Reno.Gov/Plate. To order a plate, visit your local DMV. If you plan to visit the Reno DMV office at 305 Galletti Way, skip the wait and make an appointment online.
Take Advantage of Professional Development, Participate in Renown’s High Potential Program
December 23, 2017
Do you have someone in your work group who is the “go-to” person in the department? Or know of someone looking for additional development? Or, is that you?
For those seeking to learn and grow, Renown has implemented The High Potential Program. It is a competency-based program that enhances high performing employees’ emotional intelligence, communication, relationships and organizational knowledge.
The High Potential Program helps prepare employees to take on additional scope and responsibilities in their current and/or future roles. The program runs for six months, and leaders must nominate employees to be considered for the program.
Nominations are now being accepted for the Spring 2018 program, which starts on Jan. 17.
Renown Marketing and Communications Honored During Regional Silver Spike Awards
December 23, 2017
Members of the Marketing and Communications team at Renown attended the PRSA Silver Spike Awards. From left are Allie Williams, Public Relations Business Partner; Stacy Kendall, Director of Communications and New Media; Jena Valenzuela, Communications Coordinator; and Stacey Sunday, Public Relations Business Partner.
The Marketing and Communications team at Renown Health was honored this year with several regional awards for its work to promote the Healthy Nevada Project, as well as Nurses Week and all of Renown’s services as part of Best Medicine Wednesdays.
Overall, the Renown team won five awards as part of the 2017 Silver Spike Awards from the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In addition, Jena Valenzuela, Communications Coordinator, was honored as Outstanding New Practitioner.
The Marketing and Communications team earned the following awards for their hard work to promote Renown:
A Bronze Spike for Programs: Overall Campaign for the Healthy Nevada Project, an award shared with the Desert Research Institute (DRI)
A Bronze Spike for Strategies and Tactics: Media Relations – Earned: Online, Print or Expert Positioning for the Healthy Nevada Project
An Award of Excellence for Programs: Community Relations for the Healthy Nevada Project (shared with DRI)
A Bronze Spike for Strategies and Tactics: Media Relations – Paid: Online, Print, Digital and Other for BestMedicine Wednesday News Segments
An Award of Excellence for Programs: Internal Communications for promoting Nurses Week
In addition, two Renown employees were named again to the PRSA board: Stacey Sunday, Public Relations Business Partner, is the Vice President of Publicity, while Jena Valenzuela is the Vice President of Member Relations.
Endless Possibilities for Pulmonary Physicians at Renown
December 20, 2017
“You can create new programs here.”
The level of enthusiasm that Nelson Velasquez, Practice Manager for Renown Pulmonary Medicine, has for Renown Health’s Pulmonary Medicine department is undeniable. Not only is he challenged by the diversity of patients and diagnoses, he’s excited by the possibilities for the future of pulmonary care in northern Nevada.
“We were a private pulmonary group that transitioned over to become employees of Renown Health. This has given us the chance to design new programs and attract additional physicians to join us here in Reno,” Velasquez explains. “The initiatives that we have underway are pushing the envelope on big advances with technology and healthcare combined.”
This has a lot to do with Renown Health CEO Dr. Tony Slonim who is spearheading investments in joint ventures and partnerships with outside groups. According to Velazquez, Slonim exhibits the passion, inspiration and fire to “uplift all of the leaders in the organization.”
“Renown wants to be an industry leader, not a follower,” Velasquez continues. “We are looking to develop sub branches of pulmonary care, as we have a large population with a variety of respiratory diagnoses and complexities. We see it all – from COPD, asthma and lung nodules to potential cancers and interstitial lung disease.”
“Joining Renown Health is a great opportunity for physicians who want to play a role in developing new programs,” stresses Velasquez. “Renown wants to invest in the future, and the future is their people. You can create something that has not yet been established in the community. You can pioneer growth instead of stepping into a program that already exists.”
Renown Health is committed to giving the community of Reno the best pulmonary care in all of northern Nevada. Everyone on the team supports one another; everyone has a voice to speak up about the practice. The organization also boasts a good relationship with local providers and a great work-life balance for their own physicians.
“We have some physicians who work 26 weeks per year, one week on and then one week off,” says Velasquez. “Others, like myself, work 42 weeks per year, Monday through Friday, during clinic hours. No call or night coverage to worry about. Either way, our pulmonologists have a lot of time to enjoy their friends and families.”
“My family travels quite a bit and takes the opportunity to enjoy Lake Tahoe as much as we can. We do a lot of hiking and are hoping to pick up snowboarding as a new family hobby this year. The Reno-Tahoe area is very unique. There is an ambiance of culture, with a ton of outdoor living and activities. For anyone who is looking for a small town feel but still wants to be part of a city, this is the best of both worlds!”
“Everyone is very easy going in Reno,” Velasquez concludes. “People enjoy having fun and interacting with each other. It’s not always about work – we take pride in our personal lives too.”