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Renown Health welcomes 71 nurse graduates



renown_brochure_091006_b-57Renown Health is excited to welcome 100 new employees, including 71 local registered nurse (RN) graduates, several experienced RNs and 20 more employees in front-line patient care and other roles. The new hires will meet for their first day of orientation at Renown Regional Medical Center on Monday, July 8.

“We are pleased that so many of the area’s graduates choose Renown as the place to build their career. Renown nurses and other healthcare professionals have a tremendous opportunity to develop skills in multiple areas. The Renown Health network includes three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, a skilled nursing facility and a large physician practice,” said Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, vice president human resources. “With the wide range of clinical services we offer at Renown, employees have a wealth of options to explore.”

As a private employer, Renown has developed programs to train health care professionals and works closely with the university and community colleges to offer residencies, clinical rotations, mentoring programs and local faculty. The newly graduated RNs will participate in Renown’s nurse training programs, which provide clinical support, education and mentoring. According to Sanchez-Bickley, “Our residency and preceptorship programs are extremely beneficial for new nurses they transition from the classroom to the bedside.”

Renown is the region’s largest private employer and according to a recent report from the Center for Regional Studies at University of Nevada, Reno, the healthcare sector is a chief driver of western Nevada job growth. In fact, healthcare employment grew by 9.6 percent over the past five years while other sectors experienced a decline in jobs.

“We are committed to hiring, developing and retaining local employees,” said Sanchez-Bickley. “To have a recruitment class of this size is very exciting for Renown, and I hope for the new employees as well.” In total, Renown employs 5,200 people and more than 1,400 of those are RNs.

Renown is a strong supporter of regional nursing programs, partnering with the University of Nevada, Reno Orvis School of Nursing, Truckee Meadows Community College, Western Nevada College and Carrington College. “Through these partnerships,” said Sanchez-Bickley, “we are able to strengthen our community ties, helping to provide education and support to individuals who are looking to enter into the healthcare industry.”

About Renown Health
Renown Health is Reno’s only locally owned, not–for–profit integrated healthcare network. As the region’s largest private employer with a workforce of more than 5,000 members, Renown provides more services than all other local healthcare networks combined. It is comprised of three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, a skilled nursing facility, the largest medical group and urgent care network and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown also carries a long tradition of being the first in the region to successfully perform the most advanced procedures.

Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center recently achieved the Pathway to Excellence® designation, becoming the first and only hospital in Nevada to receive this designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. As a Pathway to Excellence designated organization, Renown is committed to nurses’ satisfaction.

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