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Employees Help in Funding the New Nurture U Program


During the recent employee giving campaign, employees helped raise funds for an exciting new program for cancer patients at Renown. The Nurture U program will start next week, taking place on the third Thursday of every month at Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care Center, 6536 S McCarran Blvd, Suite B, Reno.

Nurture U proves that beauty is more than just skin deep. This educational program targeted to cancer patients currently undergoing treatment is organized by skin care professionals from Renown Dermatology. Each class has a specific focus or topic and educates on the skin care basics and demonstrates tips and techniques as well. Among the topics are winter skin care, hand and nail care, sun protection and make-up application.

Patients who go through Nurture U will receive a free gift of three full-sized products designed to nurture their skin. All attendees also receive a raffle ticket to win a complimentary product or service at each class.

Facilitators for Nurture U include:

  • Deanna Randolph, Supervisor, Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care
  • Heidi Nicol, Esthetician, Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care
  • Kristina Benavidez, Cancer Support Coordinator


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Mental Health Team at Renown Earns Human Services Award


Congratulations to the employees of the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health and Addiction Institute at Renown. Last week, they were named the Agency of the Year at the 30th annual Human Service Network’s Human Services Awards.

These awards honor people and groups in the Reno-Tahoe area that have made inspiring inroads in bettering the lives of the region’s residents through their services.

The employees of Renown’s institute were honored for providing much needed services to address mental health concerns in the community. The Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health and Addiction Institute recently opened its new space across from Renown Regional Medical Center.

The Institute’s mission is to expand community access to prevention and intervention services for mental health disorders and alcohol and drug addiction. The $6 million donation to Renown Health Foundation aims to decrease stigma and encourage more people to seek help

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Hometown Health Employees Adopt a Park


Sometimes it’s the little things you do that can really help the community, and those chances to help can be found in your own backyard. That’s what’s happened with the Customer Service employees at Hometown Health, who recently adopted Anderson Park in south Reno.

It’s a part of the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Adopt-a-Spot program. Participants are encouraged to invest in the health and beauty of our community by regularly working on a roadway, park, open space or along the Truckee River.

The Customer Service employees will be spending select weekends at Anderson Park cleaning up trash and making the park look great for its visitors. Plus, it’s a great chance for team building! For their efforts, there will be a sign at Anderson that reads: “Park Adopted by Hometown Health-Customer Service.”

To see some photos of the group’s first clean-up efforts, go to the Hometown Health Flickr page.


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The Latest Enrich-U Grads: Creating Amazing Careers at Renown


Last week, 34 graduates from the Enrich-U professional development program celebrated their achievement with leaders in a ceremony at Mack Auditorium. While in Enrich-U, employees from the High Potential Program and Leaders in Training course strengthened their skills, expanded their knowledge and continued on the road to planning their own career paths at Renown.

It has also become a great pathway to future leadership in the health network. Here’s a look at the most recent statistics:

Leader in Training

  • Promotion rate (into leadership positions): 55%
  • Retention rate: 95%

High Potential Program

  • Career progression rate: 36%
  • Retention rate: 84%

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See Employees During the MLK Day of Service


Across the health network, employees spent some time beautifying their campuses – and having some fun in the process. See their photos in this special Flickr gallery​

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a great opportunity to give back to the community. Members of the four Renown-wide committees believe that as well, and they’re encouraging everyone who works here to participate in the national Day of Service that takes place on MLK Day.

Members of the Employee Volunteer, REACT, Diversity and Wellness committees each sponsored a clean-up of the larger Renown outside properties on Monday, Jan. 21.



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Dawn Ahner Named to “Women Leaders to Know” List


Dawn Ahner, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Renown Health, has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review’s annual list of 143 women hospital and health system leaders to know.

“These leaders face the challenges of running healthcare organizations head-on,” writes Becker’s in their listing this year. “Many wear multiple hats within their health system to promote organizational growth and drive innovation.”

Ahner, who has been with Renown since 1993, was honored for her many accomplishments, including spearheading the launch of Transformation Health Care at Renown, a model of continuous improvement based on lean methodology.

The leaders on this list were selected based on editorial judgment after evaluation of their management and leadership skills, as well as career accomplishments.


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With Komen Grant, Employees Bring Better Access to Patients, Help Save Lives

Renown Health has been working to improve its community outreach, especially to patients that may be under-served for cancer prevention. That is where a recent grant from Susan G. Komen Nevada has come in – and the results have been great.

Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that Nevada has a higher breast cancer rate than the national average. To that end, Renown Health Foundation earned a grant from Susan G. Komen Nevada to support free mammography screening and diagnostic services for women in Washoe County and Carson City. ​

After receiving the grant, a group of Renown employees started the work to reach the women who needed this service the most. Those employees include:

  • Jess Shorter, Breast Health Coordinator
  • Kayla Flores, Breast Health Coordinator
  • Georganna Reynolds, Nurse Navigator, Renown Institute for Cancer
  • Norma Restivo, Development Officer, Renown Health Foundation

In conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno, they hosted focus groups to understand the cultural factors of the region’s minority groups to better understand their audience.

From there, they reached out to 26 specific groups to find women who could use free screenings. These included local food banks, homeless shelters, reduced-cost clinics, church groups and the Native American health services network. The Breast Health Center team also attended 14 different events to provide education and schedule mammograms.

Since their work began in April 2018, there have been 70 women who have received the grant-based mammograms, and six cancers were found. Imaging employees tell us that is five times what you would expect to find in a regular patient population.

Kudos to these employees for inspiring health and increasing the access and affordability of healthcare for our community.

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Behavioral Health Moves to Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute Location


As part of developing the Stacie Mathewson Behavioral Health & Addiction Institute, Renown Behavioral Health recently moved into its newly remodeled space at 85 Kirman Ave. Consolidating the team members into one specialty location will help enhance access and coordination of care, and will prepare handoffs for patients receiving mental health and substance use disorder treatments.

This relocation is one of the first steps in the plan to establish the institute, which was made possible by a generous gift from Stacie and Charles Mathewson. 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.

Remodeling at the new location began this past spring. The first floor will house the intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs, which provide intensive treatment and more frequent clinical contact for patients who need a higher level of care. Ambulatory services will be located on the second floor. These include psychiatric medication evaluation and management; individual, group and couples therapy; psychological testing and pre-procedure evaluations.

If you would like additional information about existing programs and services, as well as how to make a referral, please contact Behavioral Health at 982-5318.

Stay tuned to Inside Renown for more updates in the coming months on this important institute for our community.


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Broken Propeller Documentary: Special Show Time for Employees and Physicians on Oct. 19


The Washoe County School District has partnered with Renown to create and pursue an internship program, in which high school students within our community are able to gain exposure and firsthand experience within their particular field of interest.

Though Renown is a health network, it offers a diverse field of careers and passions that all coincide with the Renown setting. Ranging from medical to fine arts, this internship program offers so much to a variety of people and their interests. Renown is so much more than stethoscopes and syringes. Renown is a diverse community of varying interests and occupations. It is because of this that the Renown Internship Program is so successful with what it offers and teaches.

The close to 30 students in the program this year are eager and excited to learn and grow throughout the course of the semester. They will need 45 hours of on-site service and are already tackling their hours and having fun in the process. Through projects and collaborations, these students are able to establish relationships and dabble in a professional environment. This experience allows for students to better evaluate their career choice and gain insight into what tasks their career consists of.

An internship also allows for a student to experience and witness a passion and interest of theirs, without the mandated use of textbooks and algorithms. Instead, an internship offers exposure to the reality of the working world — how it functions, its complexities and its adaptability to the ever-changing workforce. An internship allows for a bond between intern and occupation.





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Broken Propeller Documentary: Special Show Time for Employees and Physicians on Oct. 19


In September, an inspiring documentary by local filmmaker Christine Lazzarini of Gypsy Moth Productions premiered to the public at University of Nevada, Reno. The film features interviews with Renown employees, Washoe County Emergency Management, REMSA and survivors from the 2011 Air Race tragedy that killed 11 people and brought our community to action to save more than 60 spectators who arrived at local hospitals within minutes of the crash. Learn more about the movie at gypsymothproductions.com.

For staff and physicians who were living in Reno at the time, this was an unforgettable event. Seven years later, the many facets of the crisis response and recovery from this event have been brought to life in the film. It is ultimately an insightful movie told from the perspective of the survivors, first responders, care providers and Air Race fans.

Renown Emergency Management is collaborating with representatives from Human Resources, the Critical Incident Stress Management team, Spiritual Services, nursing leadership and others to host showings of the film at Renown Regional. All employees and physicians are invited to attend. The first showing took place on Sept. 28.

During this final showing, emergency management will share opening remarks and lead a debrief to discuss the film and offer a chance for the amazing teams who responded to the crash or have been part of a major incident response to process all they’ve been through.

Join us for this special event in honor of every member of the crisis response and medical community who do so much for our community each day. Attend a movie viewing on either date. The movie is 1 hour 30 minutes, plus opening remarks and debrief. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Friday, Oct. 19
Mack Auditorium
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.