University Health Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care opens its doors

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University Health patient Sandee Price, resident Jennifer Moshman, M.D., and University Health faculty physician Timothy Baker, M.D. at the opening of University Health Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care, Nov. 25.

University Health patient Sandee Price, resident Jennifer Moshman, M.D., and University Health faculty physician Timothy Baker, M.D. at the opening of University Health Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care, Nov. 25. Photo by Brin Reynolds/UNR Med

Residents, faculty physicians, administrators, medical assistants and staff gathered at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 25, to witness UNR Med history in the making: the grand opening of University Health Internal Medicine Multispecialty Care at 6130 Plumas St., in Reno.

Darryll Patterson, M.D., University Health faculty physician, professor and interim chair of internal medicine, was the first to address the excited group.

"The one thing that bonds us together is the commitment to patient care," Dr. Patterson said. "Everyone here is involved in and concerned about delivering a good quality of life to the people we take care of, and those are the people in our community. Our mission is the health and well-being of all Nevadans, and I think together as a team, as long as we keep our commitment to the patient, the patient experience and quality standards of medical care, we can get there. We can meet our vision of a healthy Nevada."

Internal medicine becomes the first clinical department to operate as University Health. The newly renovated Plumas Street location is a 12,961-square-foot, modern health care facility providing a patient-centric experience with internal medicine clinical services, and, in early 2020, geriatric services through Sanford Center for Aging Geriatrics Specialty Care, as well as future opportunities to expand primary and specialty services. The facility includes 25 exam rooms, along with a quiet room and learning studio for physicians, medical residents and medical students.

UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., acknowledged the opening as "an extraordinary event in the history of the school," and thanked the group for their professionalism and grace throughout the transition.

"What I want you to know is that you are actually leading the charge into the community," Dr. Schwenk said. "This is what we (University Health) are going to be about for the foreseeable future, which is moving into the community, becoming very community-engaged, providing outstanding, high-quality patient-centered care, and in the process—providing incredible education for students and residents in a model practice like this.

"The way to learn how to be a great doctor is to practice in great facilities and great offices like this," Schwenk added. "All of you are not only contributing to a healthy community, but you are contributing to a great education."

One of the afternoon's first patients was Sandee Price, who is new to Reno and selected University Health for her care. It was her second appointment with internal medicine, and Price said the transition to the new location was smooth, and she has been satisfied with the care she has received.

"They looked me in the eye and really listened to me, and I felt heard," Price said. "That hadn't really happened to me before. It was incredible."

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit med.unr.edu.

University Health is the clinical practice plan for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. University Health provides community-based, patient-centric, multi-specialty primary care services in northern Nevada. This integrated health care model delivers high-quality medical care and demonstrates how improving the patient experience improves clinical teaching and learning.


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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Tuesday December 3, 2019 @ 8:00 AM