RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The University of Nevada School of Medicine and Renown Health have worked together in the past, but Monday, they announced their taking their partnership to the next level.
"I think it allows us to be right at the edge of innovation in health care," said Renown Interim CEO Don Sibery.
The two are forming a steering committee made up of doctors and other health care professionals, to address key community needs like access to physicians.
"I think it's a whole new game in terms of the possibility of more doctors, different types of doctors, more specialties," said Dean of the UNR School of Medicine, Dr. Tom Schwenk. "More physicians who will stay in the area, especially in primary care."
He said this new, stronger partnership levels UNR's playing field with other schools.
"This partnership is important because we do not have our own hospital, we don't have our own huge group of employed physicians like some medical schools do."
It will also allow, he said, for a larger medical school class, new areas of study and student access to clinical research.
"Clinical research is what changes practice and that's an opportunity students will have to engage in clinical research, possibly pursue an academic career that they have not seen up to this point," said Schwenk.
Sibery added that it's also a win for Renown.
"The more residencies we have jointly, the more opportunities we have to recruit those people to remain here, and practice in the community," he said. "I think what this does is it just raises the bar, you know, for everybody."
The steering committee includes 11 members and chair Bruce James, current President and CEO of Nevada New-Tech, Inc.