Marie McCormack, MD, medical director of Renown Medical Group, explains how Renown is working to offer more care providers and more medical offices for easy access to care.
Access to primary care is a challenge nationally. Here in Washoe County, the latest community health assessment data shows approximately one-third of our population lives in a primary care shortage area with only one physician for every 3,500 people. We sat down with Dr. Marie McCormack, medical director of Renown Medical Group, to discuss how Renown is working to fill the gaps of patient care.
Our area is growing quickly with many new companies moving in. What is Renown doing to help keep up with demand and increase the number of physicians?
Renown is working to increase access to care in a number of ways. We’ve made expanding our medical groups and adding physicians and advanced practitioners a priority in 2016. By the end of the year, we will have welcomed 50 new providers and three new medical groups to the Truckee Meadows — with more on the way in 2017.
We also partner with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Saint George’s University in Grenada to increase the number of care providers training and practicing in our area. We’re also focused on expanding specialty care through our affiliation with Stanford (Stanford Health, Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford School of Medicine).
Talk about the new medical group locations in the Truckee Meadows. Where are they? Why did Renown choose these locations?
The new medical groups are located at:
- Double R Boulevard, Suite 220 — in south Reno at South Meadows Medical Center
- 75 Pringle Way, Suite 601 — on the Renown Regional campus inside the Center for Advanced Medicine C
- Robb Drive — located in north Reno across from Raley’s
And next year, we will welcome two more medical groups — one at The Summit in south Reno along Mount Rose Highway and one in Caughlin Ranch in the Scolari’s shopping center. We are always evaluating the need for care services in our communities and looking at where growth is.
Between 1999 and 2000, south Reno’s population expanded at nearly twice the rate of the greater Reno-Sparks area. This prompted the opening of South Meadows Medical Center in 2004 and we continue to see the need for providers in this part of town.
We also wanted to add more services in the center of town and up north to ensure all patients have quick, convenient access to primary care.
These new offices have a much different look than a traditional medical office. How does this look help patient care?
The lounge chairs, bold colors and modern light fixtures are really a nod to Renown’s commitment to innovation and our forward-thinking approach that is centered on overall patient experience and quality care. The lobbies at these new facilities are almost like a trendy hotel, so you’re relaxed and comfortable heading into your appointment instead of feeling like you’re in an office environment. Everything we’re doing is focused on patient comfort and care.