Local safety leader recognized as “Community All Star”

Keith Payne (center), director of public safety at Renown Health, pictured with Chris Roche (left), regional business development manager at Safety National and Brenda Sizemore, senior account manager at Optima Healthcare Insurance Services accepts the “Community All Star Award” for his extraordinary actions in the aftermath of the tragic shooting that occurred on the Renown Regional Medical Center campus in 2013.

Each year, Safety National, a leading provider of workers’compensation coverage, designates one Community All Star for each of the following three categories — education, healthcare and community — to honor three individuals from organizational clients who go above and beyond their job requirements to help others in their community. Keith Payne, Director of Public Safety at Renown Health, was recently awarded with the 2014 national Community All Stars Award.

“At Safety National, we have the privilege to insure men and women who exhibit heroic qualities working in roles such as first responders, educators and healthcare personnel,” said Chris Roche, Regional Business Development Manager at Safety National.

“Many of these individuals go above and beyond the call of duty to help others. Keith was selected for his extraordinary actions in the aftermath of the tragic shooting that occurred on the Renown Regional Medical Center campus,” Roche stated.

Payne pulled from his strong criminal justice and law enforcement background to become an invaluable resource, serving as a liaison for local police, the FBI and others. Over the past year, Payne has offered numerous personal safely classes for employees, physicians, medical office staff and others and has implemented various security enhancements across the health network.

“There is no doubt that Keith’s efforts have made a significant and positive difference in the healing of Renown Health and the medical community,” said Dawn Ahner, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Renown Health. “We’re honored Safety National chose to recognize him this year as one of their Community All Stars.”

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As a part of the recognition, Safety National is making a $10,000 charitable donation on Payne’s behalf to the Renown Health Foundation.

For more information on Safety National’s Community All Stars award, please visit Safety National’s website.

Renown Health is a locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 5,400 members. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing facility, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition of being the first in the region to successfully perform leading-edge medical procedures. For more information, visit renown.org.

Safety National is a versatile alternative market insurance provider that offers a broad range of risk funding products through insurance agents and brokers. Founded in 1942, Safety National is the leading provider of excess workers’ compensation coverage to self-insured employers and groups nationwide, and has provided that type of coverage longer than any other company in the United States. To learn more, visit safetynational.com.

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  1. That is absolutely incredible.  The man deserted his staff, wouldn’t answer his phone during the incident had nothing at all to do with the recovery, and then alienated those who were actually there and responded to the incident to such a degree that most of them resigned and then he gets an award!!!  That jack ass pretty much destroyed the Public Safety Department at Renown.  They once had college educated, POST certified PSO’s.  Now they have barely literate ex-night club bouncers.  Giving him an award for what other people did is just plain disgraceful!!  Shame on everyone involved in giving an award to this man!!

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