• Renown Health
  • University of Nevada, Reno

Governor Sisolak Signs Senate Bill 342

By: Meghin Delaney, Office of the Governor, Nevada

May 20, 2021

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak holding up signed Senate Bill 342

CARSON CITY, NV – Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed Senate Bill 342 into law. The bill authorizes the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents to enter into an agreement to affiliate with a publicly or privately- owned medical facility or related entity, whether for profit or not for profit, to further promote and enhance a medical education or health education program at a university.

"Throughout the pandemic, we have relied on doctors, nurses and medical professionals to care for Nevadans in need. Legislation like this will help strengthen existing partnerships in the State so we can recruit, train and keep more medical professionals in Nevada,” said Gov. Sisolak. “I look forward to these continued partnerships to help our state for years to come.”

Governor Sisolak was joined by University of Nevada Reno President and former Governor Brian Sandoval for the bill signing. 

“I wish to thank the members of the Nevada State Legislature and Governor Steve Sisolak for their support of this bill,” University of Nevada, Reno President Brian Sandoval said. “This collaborative and forward-thinking framework will provide cutting-edge patient care delivery, greater clinical research opportunities and will ensure that the next generation of medical providers in Nevada will receive the highest possible training. As the past year-plus has demonstrated, the health care environment in our state and throughout the country continues to be dynamic. The passage of this bill ensures that Nevada has the proactive tools to look to the future, so that we can meet our health care and medical education challenges.”

“I appreciate and am so pleased that Governor Sisolak and the legislature approved Senate Bill 342 today, which provides support for integrating the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine with Renown Health,” said Anthony D. Slonim, MD, DrPH, FACHE, President and CEO, Renown Health, who was present at today’s signing.  “This partnership will improve the health and healthcare of Nevadans and all of the communities that we serve. With this new level of affiliation, we will be able to drive innovation, research, medical education, grant funding for public health, clinical trials and integrate our medical practices to improve access and affordability of care. Together, we are excited to create a healthier Nevada.”

“We are so appreciative of the unanimous support of the legislature and now the Governor’s signature and support of this bill that provides guidance to the NSHE Board of Regents as it considers the approval of this critical affiliation between UNR Med and Renown Health. We are excited to move to the next step of seeking approval from the Board of Regents for the affiliation and the establishment of an integrated health care system that will enhance medical care delivery and medical education, will improve health care, and will benefit the health and well-being of all Nevadans,” said University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Dean and Vice President, Health Sciences, Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. “The opportunities to take medical care, medical education and clinical research in Nevada to an entirely new level are unlimited and we thank Governor Sisolak for moving us to the next step in this endeavor.”

Photos from the bill signing can be requested from the Nevada Governor's Office.

In addition, Governor Sisolak also signed the following bills today: 

  • Senate Bill 17 -  Revises provisions governing the renewal of certain instruction permits to operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle. 
  • Senate Bill 23 - Revises the boundaries of the area from which certain members of the State Conservation Commission are appointed. 
  • Senate Bill 53 - Authorizes the Administrator of the Division of State Parks of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to organize the areas under the jurisdiction of the Division into regions. 
  • Senate Bill 65 – Revises provisions relating to the composition and administration of the State Department of Agriculture. 

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