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Meet Marla, Laboratory Administrative Director

Meet Marla, Laboratory Administrative Director at Renown Health. After several years of rural medicine, Marla was eager to get back to a facility with state-of-the-art technology and advanced care teams. And we were eager to have her join the Renown team. Her presence in the lab couldn’t have come at a more necessary time.

The pandemic has brought many changes and challenges to hospitals and healthcare systems everywhere. Within the lab at Renown, it’s caused a shift in the team’s focus. Marla said: “Our molecular laboratory scientists rapidly adopted new methods to respond to the pandemic and safeguard our community. These are cutting-edge technologies that require new skills and equipment for high complexity tests. Our scientists quickly became the regional leader in accuracy and turnaround time for COVID19 results. It is an honor to work with this dedicated team.”

Though much of the team’s focus and energy has been spent responding to COVID-19, the team’s commitment has remained unchanged. We fight the good fight every day. To Marla, that means, “The laboratory staff at Renown are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. I have never seen a group of dedicated individuals work harder or with more determination. The challenges of this past year have made our staff stronger.”

This past year, as it was for so many in healthcare, has been extremely trying. But that hasn’t changed the outlook in the lab. Marla calls the team, “Tired but hopeful!” She went on to share: “The pandemic has been hard on the team. But there is a major remodeling project underway that will help us provide better care, we are recruiting terrific new staff members to be on our team, and we are convinced that Renown is the best place to work in northern Nevada. It’s a great time to be part of this amazing team.”

That amazing team is made stronger by its diverse makeup. Marla said, “Our team comes from many countries, many backgrounds, and many educational opportunities. We deliberately bring it all together, to lift each other up and make us stronger.”

It’s that diversity of backgrounds that provides a diversity of perspectives, understanding, and opportunities to learn from each other. That environment, coupled with the hope of what’s to come, makes it an exciting time to be a part of the Renown lab team. Join us and fight the good fight.

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Opportunities for Renown Health Physicians

At Renown Health, we employ over 300 healthcare providers dedicated to improving health and wellness in the communities we serve. Today we are actively expanding our reach, developing exciting new programs in order to ensure our patients have access to expert care, both inside and outside the walls of our hospital.

Our philosophy is to strive for total health, caring for the mind, body, and spirit, and we are recruiting providers across all disciplines to meet a broad spectrum of patient needs. As an award-winning organization, we are focused on patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality and innovative care delivery.

When you join Renown Health, you will have every opportunity to practice medicine in a discipline you love and advance your career. As the largest health system in northern Nevada, Renown Health is able to match your talents and aspirations with the broad range of opportunities we have available. After recently completing a community needs assessment, we are expanding our team by recruiting physicians and providers across many disciplines:
Pediatric specialists
Primary care and internal medicine doctors
Physician assistants

Whether you’re looking to grow your leadership skills, participate in research, or even train the next generation of physicians, Renown Health has programs and partnerships to help providers grow.

Additionally, we believe that nothing beats living in northern Nevada, which holds incredible and diverse landscapes – with sunshine, snow, mountains, desert, rivers, and lakes. It’s no wonder why Reno has been voted one of “25 of America’s Best Towns Ever” (Outside Magazine), a “Top 100 Places to Live” (livability.com), and one of “10 Best Ski Towns” (USA Today).

If you want to be a part of a top health system, join a diverse and expanding team of providers, and find support for every step of your career, we invite you to join us.

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Welcome To Our New Chief Nursing Officer!

We are excited to welcome our new Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Debra Adornetto-Gardia! Debra is a dynamic, collaborative, innovative senior executive with academic, community, ambulatory and acute hospital experience. Dr. Adornetto-Garcia has been an influential change agent in leading teams to create innovative delivery models and elevate nursing practice through shared accountability. Debra comes to us from CHRISTUS Health in Corpus Christi, TX where she has served as their CNO. She has also held senior nursing roles with Banner Health & Banner MD Anderson in Arizona, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She began her career as an oncology nurse with experience in radiation, chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation.

Debra has a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, a Master of Adult Health Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist/Oncology specialty) and a BSN from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Adornetto-Garcia has served on the faculty of Grand Canyon University. Debra’s work includes building Patient Care Team Models, Patient Safety and assisting organizations on their journey to Magnet accreditation.

In her role with Renown, Debra will lead hospital nursing and design excellent care and services for patients and families.

Our former Chief Nursing Officer for Acute Hospital Services, Dr. Jennifer Richards, retired last month from Renown after 21 years of nursing service.

Debra has an extraordinary background and much to contribute as we continue to elevate our nursing practice to the highest levels. Debra will also assist in our transformation to improve the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.

Please welcome Debra to Renown and to Reno!

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Community Recognizes 2020 Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement

Every year, the Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement Committee recognizes registered nurses (RNs) from across the community to celebrate their accomplishments and further the nursing profession. The committee just announced the 2020 award winners, including seven high-performing nurses from Renown Health.

Nurses are at the forefront of the care teams working through the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 has been fittingly declared the “International Year of the Nurse and Midwife” by the World Health Organization. Celebrating our nurses is more important this year than ever, and Renown is proud to be home to seven of the 2020 Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement winners in the following categories:

Clinical Leadership: Jenny Garcia, RN, BSN, supervisor of nursing in the orthopedics unit at Renown Regional Medical Center;
Critical Care: Olivia Cartwright, RN, BSN, bedside nurse in the intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center;
Lifetime Achievement: Cheryl Jameson, RN, bedside nurse in the general surgical unit at Renown South Meadows Medical Center;
Office & Outpatient: Kathleen Neilan, RN, BCN, OCN, cancer nurse navigator at Renown Institute for Cancer;
Oncology and Infusion Services: Paola Espinoza, RN, BSN, supervisor of nursing in the cancer nursing unit at Renown Regional Medical Center;
Rookie of the Year: Tamara Slater, RN, BSN, bedside nurse in the general surgical unit at Renown Regional Medical Center;
Renown Facility Winner: Chelsea Zielinski, RN, MSN, clinical nurse educator in the neonatal intensive care unit at Renown Regional Medical Center.

From a pool of over 400 publicly-nominated nurses who provide care across northern Nevada’s care facilities and hospitals, the Committee announced a total of 14 award winners during a virtual awards celebration on Friday, Aug. 28.

Anthony D. Slonim, RN, MD, DrPH, FACHE; President and CEO of Renown, who worked as a registered nurse in an Emergency Department earlier in his career says, “We appreciate the work that every nurse does every day, not only for the patient in the hospital, but in all of the other settings where people come to learn how to live healthier lives. Nurses have direct influence on the outcomes of every patient, and I congratulate all 14 nurses for their exceptional achievements.” He adds, “The real winners are those patients, families, colleagues and community members who are cared for by these exceptional nursing professionals.”

“We’re proud to celebrate our community’s nurses and all they do to care for patients and their loved ones,” said Jana Elliott, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Acute Care Services. “Nursing is a true calling to serve others and there are so many incredible ways nurses go beyond their duty to provide the best care despite the intense nature of the pandemic.”

“Nurses are at the core of our care teams; they provide compassionate care and advocate for patients and their loved ones in a time of need,” said Melodie Osborn, Chief Nursing Officer, Health Services. “The Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement awards are a longstanding way of honoring our community’s most compassionate nurses.”