Renown Announces Leadership Changes for Health System and Medical Center


The updates follow the recent layoff of Tony Slonim, MD, as CEO of the Reno, Nevada-based healthcare system.

Renown Health recently announced several leadership changes for the healthcare system and its flagship hospital, Renown Regional Medical Center.

In an internal memo and press release sent to the media on Friday, the health system said the nonprofit health system “takes[s] proud to support all employees who seek opportunities to advance their careers within the healthcare system and we are delighted for the leaders who have accepted promotions to new roles. Additionally, we are excited to welcome several new leaders who will help us pursue Renown’s mission, vision and values ​​every day.”

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Part of the leadership changes include medical center leadership positions. Renown Regional Medical Center, based in Reno, Nevada, will have a new CEO and COO starting July 1.

The current CEO, Erik Olsonwill resign from his position to work for the orthopedic clinic in Reno.

Chris Nicholas, MA, ANGRY, has been promoted and will succeed Olson as CEO. According to his LinkedIn profile, Nicholas was previously vice president and administrator of Renown South Meadows Medical Center and Neuroscience Institute. He is currently serving as Associate CEO during the transition period.

Amy McCombs, MSN, IA, CNML, CIC, was promoted to COO. She is currently Vice President of Acute Care Quality.

Renowned Health

Additionally, the nonprofit health system, which serves northern Nevada, announced retirements and promotions, and welcomed new members to the leadership team.

Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCPwho had held the position of director of human resources since 2002, is resigning from her post as of May 6.

Larry Creechwho holds the position of Administrator of Surgical Services, is retiring from his position effective September 2.

Seth Langevinwho currently serves as Senior Administrator for Post-Acute Services, will serve as Vice President Neuroscience Administrator effective May 18.

I like winterwho currently serves as interim chief corporate compliance officer and chief privacy officer, was promoted to deputy general counsel for the healthcare system effective June 1.

Additionally, Mark Neu will join Healthcare as Chief Corporate Compliance Officer on June 13. Samuel Obilie-Mante will join the healthcare system as Executive Vice President of Cardiovascular Services on June 27.

These leadership announcements follow the recent Termination of Tony Slonim, MD, as CEO of the healthcare system. Renown Health’s board of directors conducted a thorough investigation into the concerns raised about Slonim, which led to the board terminating him for cause.

Thomas R. Graf, MD, FAAFPnow serves as interim CEO in addition to his role as clinical and health system quality director, and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Sy Johnson, MBA, has been promoted to interim president, which he will serve in addition to his role as health system chief operating officer.

According to the press release, Graf and Johnson will work collaboratively to lead the strategic and operational goals of the health system.

Melanie Blackman is Strategy Editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.


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