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Nye County Commissioners Consider Renown Health Proposal

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Courtesy: Tonopah Times-Bonanza & Goldfield News Courtesy: Tonopah Times-Bonanza & Goldfield News

Nye County Commissioners voted 3-2 this week to consider a proposal from Renown Health to provide remote medical services in Tonopah, after the only medical center there closed in August due to financial reasons.

On Tuesday, Renown Health proposed four different levels of service to commissioners to choose from: tele-medicine, primary care, urgent care and imaging. 

Level I service (tele-medicine) would operate Monday-Friday, would run in conjunction with other services, provide x-rays and may operate on weekends and provide 24 hour service.

Level II service (primary care) would include physical/mid-level providers, and clinics would be held Monday-Friday when providers are available. 

Level III service (urgent care) would be comprised mostly by mid-level providers, and services could operate seven days a week, and could also be used in conjunction with tele-medicine. 

And imaging would need at least x-ray services and ensure that equipment is in good working condition.

Commissioners also discussed leasing options of the medical center.

The Nye Regional Medical Center was the only hospital within a 100-mile radius serving residents in Nye and Esmeralda Counties and the surrounding region. The closest medical centers are in Bishop, California, or Hawthorne, Battle Mountain and Fallon.

After it closed, the Nye County Emergency Management Office (NCEM) developed an emergency response plan to support the needs of the communities directly affected by NRMC’s closure.

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