- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2020

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The medical school at the University of Nevada-Reno will team with the state’s largest non-profit health care organization to boost education and research in northern Nevada, the new partners announced Wednesday.

The planned long-term agreement between UNR’s School of Medicine and Reno-based Renown Health is expected to be formalized later this year, according to a joint statement.

Medical School Dean Dr. Thomas L. Schwenk said the partnership will increase access to care for the public and expand teaching and research opportunities.

“We know we can do more together than we would be able to do separately,” Schwenk said in the statement.

The medical school has long collaborated with Renown but officials said the partnership aims to increase opportunities for medical student training, help retain new physicians in the region and recruit prominent doctors and researchers.

Renown has more than 7,000 employees in Nevada and northeast California and operates a trauma center, two acute care hospitals, a children’s hospital and an insurance company. UNR has trained nearly 4,000 medical professionals since 1969.

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