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Nevada Medicine Weekly | May 30, 2017

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Rendering of Wellness Garden

Plans for the Wellness Garden Grow Thanks to Donor Support

As a University of Nevada, Reno English professor, Cheryll Glotfelty spends a lot of time in Frandsen Humanities, a building bookended by the lush greenery of Manzanita Lake and The University Quad. So it might surprise you to hear that the other end of campus is constantly on her mind.

“Campus began on the south end, so the landscaping is already beautiful – mature and established,” said Glotfelty, who has served as chair of the University’s Arboretum Board since 2014. “Our board is continually brainstorming ways to beautify the north end of campus.”

Another fan of upper campus is a fellow University Arboretum Board member – Marty Sillito, University of Nevada, Reno Assistant Director of Grounds Services, whose landscaping responsibilities include the health sciences campus.

“I’ve been wanting to design some sort of a zen or holistic garden on campus for a long time. Then we received a call that the Nevada Donor Network wanted to establish a place on campus to commemorate organ, tissue and eye donors. After some discussions with them, the Wellness Garden came together,” Sillito said.

The Wellness Garden, which is the first of its kind on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, has been planned in five phases. Thanks to funding from the Nevada Donor Network, the first phase was able to break ground on the southwest side of the Pennington Medical Education Building May 23. The completed space will include a plaque honoring Nevada Donor Network contributors.

“Nevada Donor Network is proud to partner with the School of Medicine to establish the Wellness Garden. Heroic organ, eye and tissue donors and their courageous families will be honored in this space. We hope that as the next generations of health care practitioners, researchers and public health officials experience the garden, they feel profoundly inspired by the heroic donors and their families whose decision to donate allowed others a second chance at life,” said David Estorga, Nevada Donor Network’s northern Nevada services supervisor.

A three-tiered water feature is planned, made possible with gifts in support of the University’s Anatomical Donation Program. When complete, the calming sounds of running water will provide a tranquil environment for medical students, faculty and visitors to enjoy, as well as a place to memorialize whole body donations to the School of Medicine, fulfilling a dream of Joyce King, School of Medicine anatomical donation program administrator.

“We’ve been working with Ranna Nash, the School of Medicine’s coordinator for academic enrichment, who has helped us understand the amount of stress medical students are under. This will be a nice, outdoor space where they can go to de-stress.” Glotfelty said.

When all five phases are complete, the Wellness Garden will encircle the Pennington Medical Education Building.

The University’s Arboretum Board is looking for new board members with ties to north campus. Interested faculty, staff and students can contact Cheryll Glotfelty for more information, (775) 682-6395 or To learn more about supporting the Wellness Garden, please contact Seema Donahoe, development director, (775) 682-7304 or


UNR Med Team Puts Training to the Test During the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey

Three thousand runners will pass through Wingfield Park to hear the starting gun of the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey, June 2–3. Among them will be a team made entirely of School of Medicine faculty, staff and students.

The Reno-Tahoe Odyssey (RTO) is a two-day, non-stop race which winds through Reno and Lake Tahoe to create a 178-mile relay broken into 36 sections. Ranna Nash, wellness program coordinator, and Megan Almansoori, outreach education coordinator, decided to put a team together back in March.

“I have to say, this has been a really fun process, training together and building this team,” Nash said.

The UNR Med team is split into two vans with six runners each. When the team crosses the finish line together Saturday afternoon at Idlewild Park, each member will have run three legs, experiencing conditions from sweltering heat to overnight temperature drops. The challenge will be physical, as well as mental. One way the group will take their minds off the miles is by dedicating their legs to someone at UNR Med.

“Brady Janes [director of curriculum development and assessment] came up with the idea to dedicate each of our miles to someone at UNR Med,” Nash explained. “I plan to dedicate the final miles on each of my legs to Dr. Ken Maehara. Ken has passed away, but I’m choosing him, because he always told me not to waste my talent.”

To meet the team, learn about their mileage dedications and follow their journey, visit the UNR Med RTO Facebook page or search for #UNRMedRTO on social media.

For more information about UNR Med’s wellness program or to learn about training for next year’s UNR Med Odyssey team, contact Ranna Nash, (775) 682-8355 or

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Elko alumna graduates from UNR medical school

May 29, 2017 • Elko Daily Free Press
Amy Brownlee Lilly, Elko High School class of 2007, graduated from University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine on May 19 and will begin her residency in pathology at the University of North Carolina in July.

American Board of Family Medicine Elects New Officers and Board Members

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Dr. Spogen is a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, where he also serves as Chair of the school’s Department of Family Medicine and as the Director of Medical Education. He is also the Medical Director and Faculty Advisor of the school’s Student Outreach Clinic. Dr. Spogen recently served as a Director on the AAFP’s Board of Directors.

UNR School of Medicine announces free June clinic

May 24, 2017 • KOLO Ch. 8
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine announces its free Student Outreach Clinic for June, in a continuing effort to assist northern Nevada’s medically uninsured with needed health care services.

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