Together, We’re Better: Expanding Health Care for Northern Nevada Families

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Renown Health is partnering with Stanford Medicine to open new doors to healthcare for the northern Nevada community, including families like the Masons, who have logged countless miles traveling to hospitals out of the area. Visit partners.renown.org to learn more about our landmark affiliation, view interviews with Stanford executives and local community leaders, and see photos from the announcement.

For almost 16 years, Shari Mason has been relentless in her search for the best treatment and quality of life for her son, Logan Mason, who was diagnosed with a primary immune deficiency disease as a toddler.

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Logan Mason, the 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Champion, proudly wears Beads of Courage given to him by Renown nurses. Logan is one of many area children who will benefit from Renown’s partnership with Stanford Medicine.

They’ve logged countless hours and hundreds of miles shuttling between Renown Children’s Hospital and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, where Logan, a 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Champion, has a combined eight specialists and a primary care doctor.

This week, Mason received some very welcome news: Renown Health has formed a partnership with Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford University School of Medicine that will help families like hers navigate the challenging and sometimes heart-breaking task of coordinating care for a severely ill child.

“From the beginning, these two hospitals and their expertise, compassion, exceptional doctors and technology have saved Logan’s life,” Mason says. “And both of these amazing children’s hospitals have delivered the most amazing care. They share our vision, and now they have come together as partners.

“May this open the doors for so many other children and families who struggle to navigate the complex and difficult road of having an ill child,” Mason adds.

Dr. Max Coppes, MD, physician-in-chief of Renown Children’s Hospital and the Nell J. Redfield Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, says the partnership will help provide specialty care which is not available at locally due to our area’s comparatively smaller population.

“To have a partner of this magnitude, of this importance at the national level — is incredible,” Dr. Coppes says. 

Partnership for a Healthier Community

The new partnership is part of Renown’s overall effort to develop relationships that will expand our capabilities and improve the health and well-being of the entire community.

Renown’s newest partnership with Stanford Health Care, Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford University School of Medicine brings these benefits to northern Nevada:

  • Patients and their loved ones will have greater access to a broad range of highly specialized medical services along with comprehensive care coordination and opportunities to access clinical trials.
  • Hometown Health members will gain access to Stanford Health Care— one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.
  • Expanded telemedicine specialties will allow even more families to receive care without leaving their home communities.
  • Academic affiliations will increase the number of specialists providing care in northern Nevada.

Reno mother Tiff Higgins, a nursing operations secretary at Renown, is excited to learn more about how the new affiliation could benefit her 3-year-old son, Lincoln, who is scheduled for advanced diagnostic testing at Stanford in August for a suspected autoimmune disorder.

“This partnership means so much to our family, as the travel and financial aspect alone will be cut down tremendously,” Higgins says. “Being able to tele-link to the doctors, and having some of those resources that Stanford can offer brought to our Renown campus will not only help our small family, but will help our community and beyond.”

As a parent, Higgins says she’s thrilled and comforted that Lincoln will have access to top research and care. As a Renown employee, she’s proud that Stanford has chosen to partner with her employer.

“I can’t tell you how excited I was to tell my husband the good news about the partnership,” Higgins says. “It feels amazing to know that we are THAT hospital that another hospital would want to partner with. I feel that with the amazing doctors and staff we already have, and now the partnership with Stanford, we will be providing the best care we possibly can to our Renown family and our community.”

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