Winter 2019
Expanding plans for clinical success

synapse: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Moana Lane building transformation to benefit patients and learners

By Christy Jerz

Once home to the Internal Revenue Service, the future of 745 West Moana Lane in Reno is to make health care less taxing for northern Nevada residents. Upon completion by spring 2020, the UNR Med building stands to benefit patients and learners alike, as it becomes home to a multi-specialty clinical practice and clinical education space.

Expanding patient care

The School of Medicine's plans for the multi-specialty clinic are focused around ease of use. The convenience of the new space begins with its central location - situated between Lakeside Drive and Virginia Street, accessible by two bus lines and surrounded by nearly 300 free parking spaces.

The patient-centric practice will include a dedicated front desk staff, which will allow team members to keep their focus on patients, rather than phones. A call center team will streamline the appointment process, while another group will coordinate care with other providers and manage patient referrals.

Patients will enjoy one-stop health care, with family medical care, women's health care, specialty care in endocrinology, psychiatry and geriatrics, as well as lab and x-ray services-all located under one roof. The UNR Med planning committee envisions future capabilities for concurrent visits, providing patients the opportunity to see multiple providers in the same day.

An in-clinic insurance counselor will be on hand to help patients navigate the insurance process, while a clinical research coordinator will aid in the application process for patients who qualify to enroll in clinical trials. To make time in the waiting room more enjoyable, the clinic will offer Wi-Fi and cable TV. Signage and colored floor tiles will make it easy for patients to navigate their way throughout the clinic and to their appointments.

Expanding medical education

Reno-based MBA Architecture + Interior Design has developed the plans for 40,000 square feet of the three-story facility. (An additional 20,000 square feet is currently sub-leased by various entities, allowing for a future expansion of space and services). MBA is no stranger to health and wellness, having developed projects for Renown Health. The modern interior, a balance of cool glass and warm woods, will illustrate the space's daily integration of missions - and the synergism of dedicated clinical areas and clinical education spaces.

While exam rooms and clinical administration will claim the bulk of the first and second floors, the third floor will be mainly reserved for the clinical education of physician assistant students, medical residents, and medical students.

An expansive learning studio is included in the plans and will be used for lectures and other academic activities. Outside of class time, UNR Med will use the sizeable space to host a variety of community-engagement activities including diabetes and pregnancy education, as well as continuing medical education events for area health care professionals.

As student and resident training takes place in first- and second-floor exam rooms, medical education and graduate medical education offices will provide administrative support from the third floor. Separate faculty and learner lounges will also be located on the top floor, and the UNR Med planning committee anticipates accentuating the space with a learner and faculty artwork display.

Expanding community opportunities

"School of Medicine physicians are able to conduct approximately 60,000 patient visits each year in their current clinical accommodations on campus," said Jeremy Alltop, senior associate dean, administration and finance. "The new multi-specialty clinical practice and education building will allow us to increase capabilities and provide care to a greater portion of our community-eventually building to more than 100,000 annual visits. By relocating clinical practices and community events from the University to the new building, parking and several campus facilities will be freed for new teaching and research opportunities."

Fundraising efforts are currently underway to assist with the buildout of the multi-specialty clinical practice and clinical education building. For information on partnership opportunities, please contact Shari Netzel, director of development, at (775) 682-6077 or snetzel@unr.edu.