Using Technology to Bring Medical Care Back to Tonopah


Thousands of central Nevada residents once again have access to healthcare thanks to the opening of Renown Medical Group – Tonopah.

“I think it is a blessing myself. It is just something that we needed,” says Tonopah resident Lillie McMains. “When our hospital closed here, we all had to scatter and find new doctors.”

It’s a sentiment many area residents voiced during last month’s open house for the new Renown Medical Group – Tonopah.

Residents in Tonopah and surrounding communities in central Nevada have been without much-needed local healthcare since their hospital closed last August.

On June 1, Renown Health opened Renown Medical Group – Tonopah. Through a collaborative agreement with Nye County, residents will have access to primary and specialty care services through TeleHealth technology. Using state-of-the-art secure videoconferencing, local residents can meet with primary providers as well as providers in more than 30 specialties, including neurology, endocrinology, behavioral health and gastroenterology.

Tonopah’s Leading-Edge Medical Technology

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Albemarle Foundation, Renown Medical Group – Tonopah will also have leading-edge laboratory equipment. The i-STAT system is an advanced, handheld blood analyzer that gives care providers real-time lab results in just minutes rather than hours. Additionally, a Sysmex machine will be used to check patient cell counts, which helps test for infections and anemia more quickly.

Leveraging all of these technologies will help patients and their healthcare providers make treatment decisions faster and ensure the best possible ongoing care for rural Nevadans who can’t travel for every doctor’s appointment.

“It was important to us to restart healthcare services, and we are glad Renown stepped in to help find a solution for this community,” says Lorinda Wichman, Nye County commissioner. “There are a number of small towns in our state – and throughout the country – that may face similar struggles as Nye Regional Medical Center. We hope this model of primary and specialty care can serve as an example to help other rural communities find sustainable solutions that fit their individual needs, too.”

Renown Health is also working to quickly evolve and expand the care provided in Tonopah, focused on finding an on-site advanced practitioner, hiring more support staff, and expanding lab and imaging services.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 775-982-4700.