Renown Health Adds Location in South Reno

This spring, a new family practice clinic will be available at The Summit Mall in South Reno. Renown Health is opening a laboratory at another location and offering primary care services, with a chance of additional services being added in the future.Currently, the South Reno clinic will host a staff of 11, but Renown could add one or more primary care physicians and one more nurse practitioner in the future. The clinic, at 10,000 square feet, covers three vacant storefronts in The Summit Mall. Shaheen Beauchamp Builders LLC served as the general contractor while Eric Fong of MBA Architects + Interior Design orchestrated the architecture and design. Forbes Engineering handled the structural engineering and all plumbing, mechanical, and electrical engineering was completed by MSA Engineering Consultants. All contractors who completed the project are based in Reno.

The bulk of the demolition, construction, and interior work took place between November and February. According to the medical director of Renown Medical Group, Dr. McCormack, the Truckee Meadows’ population growth, increased financial stability, and better access to health insurance contributed to the decision to build a new facility. Renown now maintains 12 primary care clinics across Fallon, Fernley, Reno-Sparks, and Carson City. In addition, a primary care clinic recently opened near Caughlin Ranch.

Renown Health is the primary healthcare choice in northern Nevada and is Reno’s only locally owned, not-for-profit system. Across the organization, more than 6,000 doctors, nurses, and care providers work daily to serve the region. From hospitals and urgent care centers to lab services and x-ray and imaging services, Renown continues to lead the local industry in keeping the community healthy and safe.In 2016, Renown Regional Medical Center served 93,383 patients in its emergency care and performed 8,825 patient surgeries, with an additional 12,003 patients receiving outpatient operations. During the year, the center admitted a total of 27,003 patients.

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Discovery of the Correlation Between Infection and Alzheimer’s Disease

Research done at Harvard Medical School has lead to new information as to the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Building on a hypothesis that the disease had something to do with amyloid proteins, they studied their effective responses to bacteria and viruses that pass in to the brain. What they found out was extraordinary.

Before the study, it was known that Alzheimer’s disease was caused by the build-up of plaque in the brain, but now they know how it gets there. When infection courses through a person’s bloodstream, it can reach the brain if it is untreated. Amyloid proteins cage the harmful germs until they die off. While this response is helpful in preventing death from brain infection, it creates a new problem. The amyloid protein cages are left behind, and they turn in to plaque. These plaques kill nerve cells and lead to the dementia that Alzheimer’s is known for.

What is interesting about amyloid proteins is that some people have a gene responsible for a person producing higher amounts of them and a lessened ability to clean out the brain plaque. People who don’t have it, generally don’t get Alzheimer’s disease because they have a lessened build-up of plaque thanks to less amyloids produced and the ability to clean them out. In other words, by turning off this gene, a person would no longer be genetically predisposed to the disease. This new information hasn’t lead to a cure for those who already have the disease, but it could help with the possible prevention of future cases of it.