« All News

UNR Med Receives National, Local Honors For Their Work

Recently, the faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine received several honors for the great work they are doing for students, patients and the community. Here’s a look at two of these honors. ​

Clinical Faculty Promotions

The Community Faculty Appointment and Promotion Committee (CFAPC), part of the UNR Med Office of Community Faculty, meets twice a year to promote recommended community faculty members. These promotions recognize and honor faculty who have dedicated their time and knowledge to the medical education of UNR Med’s future healthcare professionals.​

Here are those faculty members who have been promoted in 2017-2018 academic year:

Clinical Professor: Dr. Peter Lim

Clinical Associate Professor: Dr. Curtis Brown, Dr. Bruce W. Denney, Dr. Jasmine Dhindsa, Dr. Richard P. Ganchan, Dr. Susan Hsu, Dr. Maria Sta. Maria-Torres, Dr. R. Nathan Slotnick, Dr. Vickie L. Tippett

Full Accreditation

In the world of medical schools, accreditation is the gold standard for communicating the quality and performance of medical education programs. UNR Med was recently granted full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) through 2026. This achievement confirms that UNR Med’s programs, faculty, resources and partnerships are meeting or exceeding national standards for medical education.

As a fully accredited institution, UNR Med is eligible to receive federal grants and its students are eligible to apply to accredited residency programs in the United States.

UNR Med spent more than a year of extensive data collection, analysis and self-study to qualify for accreditation. The school hosted dozens of meetings with students, faculty and community partners in order to gather information to qualify for the LCME accreditation.

« All News

Welcome to the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute, Thanks for Generous Donation

For the second straight year, Nevada ranked 51st in the nation according to Mental Health America’s 2018 State of Mental Health Report. Overall, Nevada has the highest prevalence of mental illness and substance use, combined with limited access to treatment and a shortage of care providers.

In an announcement today, Renown Health and Charles N. and Stacie L. Mathewson established the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute at Renown. The institute will work to expand community access to prevention and intervention services for mental health disorders and alcohol and drug addiction.

Over the next five years, the Mathewsons will donate $6 million to Renown Health Foundation to establish this much-needed behavioral health and addiction institute in northern Nevada. These funds aim to decrease stigma and encourage more people to seek help.

“I applaud Renown and Charles and Stacie Mathewson for coming together to launch the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute,” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said. “While Nevada has made tremendous strides in behavioral health services, we realize more work needs to be done. I believe that it is through partnerships like this that we can continue to reach those who need these services in our community the most.”

In the years ahead, the institute will focus on many initiatives, including:

Expanding Renown’s intensive outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization programs and medication-assisted treatment.

Partnering with community organizations to establish an independent crisis facility.

Creating a screening and intervention plan for physicians to care for adolescents at risk for alcohol or substance abuse.

Designing new services to address gaps in treatment for northern Nevada youth.

Creating a registry at Renown Regional Medical Center to identify and track babies who are born addicted, in order to help provide case management and care for both the babies and their caregivers.

Working with Renown Institute for Health Innovation – a collaboration between Renown and the Desert Research Institute – to research the genetic, environmental, individual and sociodemographic determinants that contribute to substance abuse and mental illness.

“We know that understanding substance abuse and addiction is a complex problem. Just like heart disease and cancer, it’s a problem that requires a population health approach,” said Dr. Tony Slonim, President and CEO of Renown Health. “There are genetic links that increase the risk of mental illness and substance abuse. We have to better understand these links, and we believe our health literacy project with DRI, the Healthy Nevada Project, can help.”

« All News

LEAD Rounds: Suzanne Hendery Learns More About the Individual Care at Renown Rehab

Angie Talley, Director of Nursing at Renown Rehabilitation Hospital, hosted Suzanne Hendery, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, for LEAD Rounds at the hospital earlier this year.

Suzanne Hendery, Renown Health Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, rounded at Renown Rehabilitation Hospital for three months as part of the LEAD Rounds program. With the help of Angela Talley, Director of Nursing, and Kelly House, Patient Experience Liaison, Hendery got to know Renown Rehab’s front-line employees and their work.

Hendery attended Renown Rehab’s interdisciplinary morning meetings, where she was able to get face-to-face time with many clinical employees from both night and day shift teams.

“They really appreciated having her there,” Talley said. “It really made them feel that they had someone to reach out to in the event that something wasn’t moving like they hoped it would or if they need another resource.”

The LEAD Rounds program pairs one senior management leader with a different team from across the Renown network to help open the lines of communication and make connections across departments and employees. Senior leaders address employee concerns and questions while they’re rounding in front line areas. Leaders round for 12 weeks in the selected departments, and new leaders are rotated in quarterly.

During one of her rounds, Hendery was able to speak to a patient who received a visit from her dog thanks to the Renown Rehab team’s coordination.

“This woman was so incredibly grateful to Renown,” Hendery said. “That pet is her child and she missed it so much that after the pet went home, she was like, ‘I will do whatever my clinicians tell me so I can get better and get home, because now I have the motivation.'”

“For this team to accommodate a patient’s individual wishes without discomfort to other patients or staff – it meant so much to her to get that kind of individual care.”

« All News

Employees Earn Honors Again for Get with the Guidelines Achievements in Heart and Stroke Care

Renown Regional Medical Center has been honored by the American Heart and Stroke Association once again for high quality heart and stroke care.

In stroke care, Renown Regional was awarded The Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus with Target Stroke Elite Award. This recognizes hospitals that provide the best treatment based on national guidelines and administer lifesaving drugs to stroke patients within 60 minutes of arrival. Renown earned this award again during May, which is American Stroke Month.

In heart care, Renown was awarded The Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Achievement for continually treating heart patients using the highest standards of care. Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health received this award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients.