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Renown Health to receive 2017 Freedom Award

  • Renown Health to receive 2017 Freedom Award

RENO, Nev. – Nevada’s Renown Health is one of only 15 recipients of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the Department of Defense bestows to employers for their support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

Renown representatives will receive the award in a formal ceremony at the Pentagon on Aug. 25.

Over 3,000 Freedom Award nominations were submitted nationwide by Guardsmen and Reservists.

Renown celebrated the announcement of the award at a June 29 event in Reno attended by hospital employees, members of the Guard and Reserve and volunteers with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Renown Health is a not-for-profit healthcare network that serves Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeastern California. Renown has more than 100 active military and veterans on staff. Since 2008, the healthcare network has seen 35 full-time active duty deployments by its employees.

Under agreements with the Nevada Air National Guard, Airmen serving in the 152nd Medical Squadron have come to Renown for training on procedures they’d normally have to travel great distances to experience.

As one of the first Nevada employers to be certified as a “Green Zone Employer,” Renown works to translate military service to civilian experience, helping transitioning military members find employment.

The Freedom Award was established in 1996 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to draw attention to the support provided by the business community.

Nevada has had seven award recipients, the last being the Washoe County School District in 2014.

Caption: Acting Nevada ESGR Chair Dave Cantrell, right, with Dr. Anthony Slonin, president and CEO of Renown Health.