Officials with Renown Regional Medical Center are painting a rosy picture of the hospital. A press call two weeks ago with the hospital’s interim CEO and board chair revealed little, however, of last month’s “for-cause” firing of CEO Tony Slonim.
Renown board chair Adam Kramer said during a virtual press conference hospital officials would not comment on Slonim or the circumstances surrounding his firing.
“I’m really proud at where the system as a whole is heading,” Kramer said. “Renown Health is in a phenomenal position.”
The hospital, in the wake of Slonim’s ouster, swiftly launched talking points about how the hospital is a wonderful place and is moving forward.
“As we continue to make strides forward, it’s remarkable to reflect on the progress we’ve made and the obstacles we’ve overcome,” said Thomas Graf, Renown’s interim CEO, in an email just days after Slonim was fired.
The positive talking points were repeated during the press call.
Graf said the hospital is focused on quality.
“We’re excited about where the future is going,” he said. “We’re going to be focused on quality and what I call programmatic innovation.”
Renown would not make Graf and Kramer available for interviews with This Is Reno.
Workplace called a snake pit
Numerous sources contacted This Is Reno before and after Slonim’s firing. Most would not speak on the record, as some were former Renown employees who had signed non-disparagement agreements after being fired under Slonim’s reign.
Renown, also, will not identify its own spokespeople in statements released to the news media.
Sources said the hospital is a snake pit.
“Everything was extremely ego driven: ‘I did this, I did that,’” a former employee said, speaking only on the condition of anonymity. “People took credit for other people’s work – a lot of gaslighting. There’s a true intimidation factor. They can fire you for anything. Many had to go into therapy.”
Employees said they filed complaints internally in hopes of seeking resolutions to myriad concerns.
“I tried to go through normal channels,” a former employee said. “That’s when I started getting pointed toward the door. They did not want to hear what I had to say. HR said it was me.”
Award met with laugh-fest
In what reads like a paid article on News Channel 2, the hospital claims it is recognized as “Top Place To Work” in 2022 by Ragan Communications.
Ragan Communications is a “resource and publisher of information about corporate communications.” It runs awards programs for businesses and organizations that pay to enter to get such accolades, a point not mentioned in the KTVN article. The article, at the end, notes, “Renown Health assisted with this story” [sic].
Renown Health has been recognized as one of the “Top Places to Work” in 2022 by Ragan Communications. Reviewers said… Posted by KTVN 2 News on Monday, April 11, 2022
Comments below the article on Facebook were critical. More than 125 people hit the laugh reaction button in response to the post.
“Worked there for 5 years, wouldn’t have my worst enemy work there,” a former employee, Tyler, wrote in response to the article on Facebook.
Another said it is “hard to be a top place to work when you do multiple rounds of layoffs every couple years.”