Renown Partners with REMSA to Continue Unique Community Health Programs


Renown Health and the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) have announced an innovative new alliance to improve the overall health and health care of the region. REMSA small

A new partnership between Renown Health and REMSA aims to improve the overall health of the region through a proactive system of healthcare services focused on doing the most good for the most people at the least amount of cost.

At the center of this alliance are three leading-edge programs:

  • The REMSA Nurse Health Line
  • Community Paramedicine
  • The Ambulance Transport Alternative

The three programs comprise the REMSA Community Health Programs, launched in 2012 through a three-year, $9.8 million Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Healthcare Innovation Award.The programs’ grant funding concluded this summer after receiving an extension for a fourth year. Thanks to this new alliance, the three programs will now be financially supported by Renown.

“These programs are vital to creating healthy communities by giving people access to services they might otherwise not know how to access,” says Dean Dow, president and CEO of REMSA. “Renown’s commitment to this partnership allows all three programs to continue and for the Nurse Health Line to be available to all citizens in the region.”

Preliminary outcomes from the Community Health Programs show they continue to facilitate healthcare access and reduce costs with more than 5,600 emergency room visits avoided, 945 ambulance transports avoided and more than $9.6 million in savings to patients and the healthcare system.

“Renown is committed to improving the health of the community, which means more than just providing quality healthcare,” says Tony Slonim, MD, president and CEO of Renown Health. “It means going outside the hospital walls, offering programs and services that make a lasting difference in the health and well-being of families throughout our region. This can only be accomplished through collaboration with partners who share the vision of a healthier northern Nevada — partners like REMSA.”

REMSA is working with a growing number of partners and insurers to develop ongoing support for these services.  Since the programs launch, a variety of community partners contributed to their success including hospitals, clinics, fire services, EMS oversight entities, urgent cares, health centers and nonprofit and community groups.