November 3, 2016
RENO, Nev. (Nov. 3, 2016) – Renown Health is the first healthcare network in Nevada to partner with the U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program to provide those who serve our country an opportunity to prepare for their futures. When enlisting in the Army, soldiers have an opportunity to commit to the PaYS Program, which helps guarantee job interviews and possible employment after they return home from duty.

“We are excited to work with the Army to interview and mentor soldiers as they transition into private employment,” said Michelle Sanchez-Bickley, MS, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, vice president of human resources, Renown Health. “We are privileged to already have more than 100 active military and veterans on staff and are committed to bringing new veterans on board by matching the job needs of Renown with the job skills offered by the Army.”

Renown joins more than 550 other civilian companies, corporations, and government agencies across the U.S. participating in the program, which began in 2000 as an enlistment incentive for Army enlisted soldiers. In October 2002, the program expanded to include Army Reserve soldiers. It later expanded to include Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Reserve Component Cadets and ROTC Cadets who commit to active duty enlistment after college.

“The PaYS program is a win for everybody,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Mapes, Commander, 6th Medical Recruiting Battalion. “Because of their training, soldiers understand teamwork and have the leadership skills necessary to do quality work in their communities.”

While the ultimate goal of the partnership between Renown and the Army is to connect veterans with open healthcare positions, the benefits of the program reach beyond the job offer.

“Often, this will be the veteran's first experience with interviewing in the private sector,” said Mapes. “This gives Renown the opportunity to help set individuals on the correct path for success by mentoring them on resume and interview skills, as well as building better qualifications.”

Renown’s commitment to the military is longstanding and the healthcare system has received a number of awards celebrating the support of military employees — including ESGR Patriot Awards, Above and Beyond Awards and the State of Nevada’s highest employer honor, the Pro Patria Award.


About Renown Health
Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 6,000. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. For more information, visit
About the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program is a strategic partnership between the US Army and a cross section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies. The Program provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. PaYS Partners guarantee Soldiers an interview and possible employment after the Army. This unique Program is part of the Army’s effort to partner with America’s business community and reconnect America with its Army. For more information, visit

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