A rural Nevada community has more healthcare options through a partnership with Renown Health and REMSA.
During an open house in April 2018, residents learned about expanded hours and the addition of Urgent Care and Occupational Health at the Renown Medical Group – Tonopah in Nye County, Nev.
“The expanded hours will help because a lot of people are on 4/10 shifts at work, and it will help them be able to use the facility more,” says resident Cynthia Lang.
Renown first brought medical services back to Tonopah in June 2016 after the local hospital shut in 2015. At the time, residents had to travel more than 100 miles for medical treatment.
“When I first moved to Tonopah I didn’t think there was much medical care available here, but there is actually a lot,” says Tonopah resident Katherine Davis. “I love the TeleHealth. It’s very awesome, very efficient. They can check your heart, check your breathing, everything. All while you are in there.”
Renown Health and REMSA partnered with the Northern Nye County Hospital District to add services to help meet the medical needs of this rural community.
REMSA added the Nurse Health Line and Community Paramedicine, which are successful programs in Washoe County for helping residents determine the best way to receive care.
“There was an opportunity to integrate our services with Renown Medical Group – Tonopah,” says Brenda Staffan, REMSA project director, community health programs. “We want to make sure that when there is a medical need patients know what to do, so first they call the Nurse Health Line and nurses 24/7 can identify what their medical need is and help them determine what is the best course of action – self-care at home or come into the Renown health clinic.”
Tonopah resident Erik Roberts came to the Renown Medical Group – Tonopah where the doctor determined through telemedicine that he needed immediate medical attention for his heart. He was brought to Renown Regional Medical Center for treatment. “Thanks to them and the people at Renown, I now know that my heart is as good as new.”