Compassion Plays a Part in Renown Skilled Nursing Transition


This week, Renown Health announced the future closure of its Renown Skilled Nursing facility. Watch this video to learn more about how the healthcare system is committed to its residents and staff.

After careful consideration, Renown Health has made the decision to close its skilled nursing facility on Saturday, Dec. 15, in an ongoing effort to ensure the highest quality and most appropriate care for our growing population.

“The northern Nevada area is fortunate to have a number of forward-thinking, innovative skilled nursing facilities,”said Melodie Osborn, RN, Vice President, Transitional Care and Chief Nursing Officer. “Transitioning residents from the Renown Skilled Nursing facility will allow Renown to focus on delivering care through our hospitals, medical group and urgent care network, while keeping up with the tremendous growth our region is experiencing.”

The focus during the transition is to find new home for the 57 residents, so none of them will have a gap in service, even for a day.  


“The quality, compassionate care offered at the Renown Skilled Nursing facility is due to the hard work and dedication of our employees,” said Chris Nicholas, Senior Administrator of Rehabilitation Services at Renown. “Our Human Resources team is working with employees to find them positions in Renown, or with other local skilled nursing centers who are currently recruiting staff.”


  1. Unfortunately Like so many institutions that serve the public, Renown is closing a skilled nursing facility that served the North side of town and focusing its extended care on on the South side. Most of the extended care facilities are miles from this area. There is only one other skilled nursing facility, if it can be called that, in this part of town. I have had experience with it and was very disappointed. I fought to have my husband moved to Renown Skilled Nursing because I had worked at Washoe Health Systems, Renown's predecessor, for 33 years. and knew its high standards. I trusted them. The atmosphere at Renown Skilled was cheerful and upbeat. There was a lovely sheltered outdoor area for the residents. It never felt like a place where the patients were warehoused. The air was always fresh and clean. The facility was spotless, and the nurses, aides and ancillary staff were helpful and kind. My husband passed at Renown Skilled in hospice, almost 3 years ago and his care was exceptional. I am sad that the facility is closing, and that patients many, of whom are elderly will have to go to other facilities, The elderly are often disoriented by that type of change. I had to take a week off from work to help my father adjust when we had to move him from another local facility that had to close. I hope that all of the wonderful staff will be able to find other employment in their fields.
    • Maddalena, we asked Melodie Osborn, our Vice President of Transitional Care, to answer your comment: "Thank you for your dedication and service to our health network, and for your kind comments about Renown Skilled Nursing. We extend our deepest sympathies to you on the passing of your husband three years ago. A number of excellent skilled nursing facilities have opened in northern Nevada to serve patients and families across our community, and we're happy to partner with several of them to help place our residents and on re-employment options for our employees."