Honoring Nevada's rural health care champions

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10 pioneers in rural Nevada medicine

The School of Medicine and the State Office of Rural Health honored 10 pioneers in rural Nevada medicine in mid-November. Photo by Anne McMillin, APR

The National and Nevada Rural Health Day celebration, presented by the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the State Office for Rural Health, honored 10 pioneers in Nevada rural health care at a ceremony Nov. 21 at St. Mary’s Art & Retreat Center on the site of the historic St. Mary’s Louise Hospital in Virginia City.

Nevada Rural Health Day was a signature event of Nevada 150, Nevada’s 150th anniversary of statehood celebration.

Honorees included:

  • G.N. Christensen, M.D. of Ely, who has been practicing medicine in that community since 1968 and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and Chief of Medical Staff at William Bee Ririe Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic
  • Warren Smith, M.D., a founder of Family Doctors of Boulder City where he has remained in practice for the past 33 years;
  • Galen Reimer, M.D., who is credited with delivering 4,500 babies in 33 years family practice in Fallon
  • Robert Daugherty, M.D., professor and dean emeritus of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, under whose leadership the school transitioned to a four-year, degree-granting institution, developed its Las Vegas campus and visited rural communities on a biennial basis with his faculty to make sure they understood the needs of rural practitioners
  • Richard Munger, CEO, Mt. Grant General Hospital in Hawthorne, where is has worked for nearly 40 years as an administrator. Under his leadership, the hospital was the first in Nevada to earn Critical Access Hospital designation.
  • Marie Carrick, RN, practiced nursing for 52 years for the citizens of Ely and White Pine County;
  • Mike Willden, director, Nevada Dept. of Health and Human Services, where as a native rural Nevadan, he has never forgotten his roots and is acutely aware of the difficulties facing clinics and hospitals in rural Nevada
  • Joe Dini, former State Assemblyman from Yerington, who is known as an advocate for rural health care in Nevada and has been instrumental in maintaining the viability of the South Lyon Medical Center
  • John Marvel (posthumously), former State Assembly from Battle Mountain
  • Glenn Rose, a volunteer EMT/firefighter who has served the community of Lovelock for 45 years.

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision that has served Nevada for 50 years. The state's first public medical school, UNR Med fosters a healthy Nevada through excellence in medical education, medical care, research and community engagement, within a culture of respect, compassion and inclusion. Through targeted growth and investment in research, clinical services, education and outreach, UNR Med is improving the future of health care. For more information, visit our 50th anniversary website.