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.”
New Care Coordination Team Impresses Grateful Patient
November 16, 2017
A recent positive experience between an employee and a patient speaks well to all three of the pillars of Renown’s Back to Basics portion of the strategic plan: clinical quality, process efficiency and service excellence. It also shows how teamwork helps strengthen the patient experience at Renown.
It started when Courtney, an Outpatient Clinical Pharmacist with Renown’s Care Coordination team, received a referral to review a home health patient’s medication. This is part of her regular work, as Renown is the only health network in the region with pharmacy review for patient medication reconciliation.
While looking through the patient’s record, Courtney didn’t notice any medication errors but did see that the patient was using Tylenol PM, which has Benadryl (diphenhydramine), for pain relief. The patient was over age 65, and Courtney knew that Benadryl may contribute to falls and confusion. Courtney then notified the patient directly that they should use regular Tylenol instead for pain relief.
When the patient was informed of this attention to detail, she contacted Renown to praise Courtney for giving her that extra layer of support.
Courtney works with the Care Coordination team at Renown’s location on Locust Street. When a patient of Renown is referred to the team, they receive key details. The team – which includes nurses, pharmacists and social workers – compares medications with the discharge summary to make sure there are no care gaps.
This process began in September, and Courtney said it’s been going very well, with many patients showing appreciation for the calls and interventions as needed.
“I think it’s great because we can provide a wrap-around service for the patient,” Courtney said. “If they need education on a certain disease, a nurse on the team can follow up. And, if the patient can’t afford medication, the social workers can see if they qualify for a program to help with the cost.”
The team can also speak directly with members of a patient’s care team, including physicians or care providers, to make sure that quality and process is being followed at every step.
“It feels good to know that what we are doing is making a difference in people’s lives,” Courtney said.
Labor and Delivery Nurses Jump Into Action Outside the Delivery Room
November 15, 2017
It was almost the end of shift for registered nurses Krystie and Debbie. They were giving a report out to the night shift nurse supervisor, Melissa on the Labor and Delivery unit, when she received a phone call on her work phone.
“We watched her face as she took this phone call,” Debbie recalls. “Melissa was like, ‘What? What do you mean a patient is delivering? Where?’ and then she hung up the phone and said, ‘There was a patient coming into a doorway somewhere and she’s delivering.'”
There was no information as to which doorway at Renown Regional the patient was delivering at, and with dozens of doorways and entrances on the campus, Krystie and Debbie went down to the ground floor to see if they could possibly find the woman who was in labor.
Then, a code blue was called for the Roseview Tower elevators, ground floor.
A late September rain drizzled outside while the mother was lying on the floor mat of the entryway – the automatic doors were opening and closing with all the code blue team members around her setting off the door’s sensor. Krystie checked the mother and the baby was already crowning, so there was no time to move her to the Labor and Delivery unit.
“I was mainly focused on talking to the mom and ignoring everyone else around me,” Krystie said. “I wanted to make sure that she stayed really calm and coached her through it.”
Being in such a public area, the code blue team worked together to divert visitors and put up screens around the mother to make it as private as possible.
Both Krystie and Debbie have delivered babies off the Labor and Delivery floor, in cars and in the Emergency Department, but in their combined 35 years of experience, neither had delivered a baby in a doorway.
“We’ve been trained to deliver babies, so it’s nothing really scary,” Krystie said. “It’s fun to do deliveries outside of the norm.”
Both mother and baby were healthy and once they could safely move them, they transported them to Labor and Delivery.
“It was almost a surreal moment,” Debbie said. “We got her up on a gurney and I carried the baby all the way up while Krystie, Beth and Melissa wheeled the mom up, and we felt such a sense of accomplishment that we got it done and things were great.”
Dr. Tony Slonim Named to Becker’s List, Also Featured on ‘Eye on Washington’ TV Series
November 8, 2017
Dr. Tony Slonim, President and CEO at Renown Health, has received two more honors for his leadership and work in guiding the healthcare conversation. Here’s what has taken place:
Becker’s Hospital Review: Physician Leaders to Know for 2017
Dr. Slonim has been placed on this list by the respected health business magazine and website. All members featured on the list have demonstrated outstanding leadership and clinical expertise throughout their careers.
These physicians also have accomplished clinical careers, giving them unique insight into the healthcare industry. Many CEOs featured on this list have led their institutions through significant growth projects and technology installations, and continue to keep an eye on future development.
“Eye on Washington”
Dr. Slonim continues to have a significant presence when it comes to his views on healthcare’s present and future. Now, he will be featured on a television program called “Eye on Washington,” which provides news about what is happening in the U.S. Congress that affects Nevadans.
The show is broadcast on the following local stations:
KRNV-TV, Channel 4, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays
KAME-TV, Channel 21, 5:30 a.m. Sundays
KRXI-FV, Fox 11, 6:30 a.m. Sundays
In addition, the show is also broadcast on KKOH Radio, News Talk 780, at 12:30 p.m. Sundays. The show is also featured on TV stations around the state, including the Vegas area and in rural communities.
Here is when Dr. Slonim will be featured, along with the topics he will discuss:
“Health Rankings” – Dec. 3 and 31
“Treatment for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems” – Nov. 12, Dec. 10 and Jan. 7