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Washoe County Medical Society
Keeping Up with COVID-19

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The Simplest Action Makes a Big Impact

Jay K. Morgan WCMS President

Wearing a mask every time we’re in public or when someone enters our clinics, homes and other spaces is wearing thin for all of us. But now is not the time to get lazy.

Masks take toll on skin

For those who wear them for hours every working day, they’ve become an irritant making our faces look like we’ve been in a fight or had our faces in the strawberry jam. We are in a fight and we must continue to stay in the battle. It really is a simple action to combat a significant enemy.

We must be the role models and follow the guidelines. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to also be role models. You can help by dispelling the five most common myths about wearing masks.

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Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell Named "Extraordinary Neighbor Recipient" of 2020 Reno Public Television Spotlight Award

Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, an individual who has made an impact on many throughout her medical journey continues to be recognized for her outstanding contributions to her profession and the community. She is the recipient of  the 2020 Extraordinary Neighbor Spotlight Award presented by Reno Public Television.

She also had been recognized in 2019 as one of the 20 Under 40 recipients and as one of the 2019 Sierra Nevada Top 20 Powerful Women.

She is the Saint Mary's Urgent Care Medical Director and treating physician, as well as the medical director for Washoe County’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). She also volunteers as the Washoe County Child Abuse Resource and Education Services Assistant Medical Examiner and as community faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine providing urgent care preceptorship for medical students and family medicine residents. Dr. Curry-Winchell also serves on the WCMS board and co-chairs the membership/PR committee. For NSMA she co-chairs the long-term and membership planning commission.

Her healthcare journey began as a physician’s assistant. Dr. Curry-Winchell has a master’s in physician assistant studies. She practiced as a physician assistant for three years in occupational, family and urgent care specialties. Her PA position gave her a foundation to practicing medicine.

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2020 Association Health Plans for Washoe County Medical Society

Brought to you by Prominence Health Plan Learn more about how to enroll your practice!

Washoe County Medical Society members with 2 (unrelated) to 50 full-time employees can now offer insurance coverage for their employees and their families with a high-quality, affordable Association Health Plan medical plan from Prominence.

Not an Association member? Click Here to Enroll.

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COVID-19 Disparities and Northern Nevada’s Response

Diversity Health Series

Thomas L. Schwenk M.D., UNR Med;
Bayo Curry-Winchell, M.D., Saint Mary’s Medical Group;
Oscar Delgado, MSW, MUP, Community Health Alliance
Nicole Jacobs, Ph.D., UNR Med;
Julie Lucero, Ph.D., MPH, UNR;
Darryll Patterson, M.D., UNR Med;
Janet Serial, BSW and Health Chair, Reno-Sparks NAACP

This panel will share data on current coronavirus disparities in Northern Nevada, explore how systemic racism and social determinants of health have created and amplified these disparities, and discuss how the health care community in Northern Nevada is responding to the disparities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nevada POLST Program

Our webinars will get you up to speed and clarify the important points of the Nevada POLST Program.

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What is POLST?

The Provider Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) requires a conversation between a patient and their medical provider to determine what level of medical treatment, based on the patient’s values, goals, and medical issues, the patient wants towards the end of life. This information is then used to complete the POLST form, which is both an actionable medical order and legal document to be honored in all settings.
Nevada POLST has been adopted in most all healthcare facilities throughout Nevada.

Who Should Complete a POLST

POLST is intended for those near the end of a life-limiting illness or the very frail elderly. If a patient is unable to express their wishes themselves, they may have a representative or surrogate complete a POLST for them.
A POLST does not replace an Advance Directive, it supplements and enforces it.

The Form

Go through the Nevada POLST form section by section, learning how to present the choices and assure a valid completion

Legal Aspects

The Nevada POLST is both a legal document and a medical order. Be sure you understand what is expected.


The POLST program has been in use since 1994. Find out when Nevada got involved.

Getting Back to Wellness is Essential

PSA- get back to wellness campaign

Jay K. Morgan WCMS PresidentEditor’s Note: Watch this opinion piece in Sunday’s Reno Gazette-Journal.

Fear has been driving many decisions by our patients about obtaining or not obtaining medical care. Today, we have established precautionary tools and processes in place to help our patients remain safe during appointments.

We are encouraging our families, friends and neighbors to get back to wellness. Our PSA, “Let’s Get Back to Wellness,” aims to assure our community that it is safe to resume your routine medical care. Don’t suffer through painful conditions, neglect blood pressure checks, cholesterol tests, immunizations, or any routine medical care that keeps you pain free and healthy.

As COVID-19 continues, we realize that there is an additional health concern that is separate from but related to the novel coronavirus. We have learned that many individuals are afraid to schedule a doctor’s appointment or go to the emergency department because they fear contracting the coronavirus. It was an eye-opener for me when an emergency room colleague recently asked, “Why is no one having a stroke?” He wasn’t wishing for a medical calamity, but he wasn’t seeing the normal rate of patients presenting with stroke symptoms.

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Let's Get Back to Wellness

Sierra Neurosurgery Group and the Washoe County Medical Society partnered to create a public service announcement (PSA) encouraging individuals to take care of their routine health issues.



Stop Coronavirus

A letter from Pamela E. Netuschil, M.D. to the Washoe County Medical Society.

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Group Health Insurance is Back at WCMS!

If you are in a group with 2-50 full-time employees, your clinic is eligible for an association health plan when all the physicians in your group are members of WCMS. To join individually, go here. If you wish a group invoice, contact Wendy Hernandez, or 775-825-0278, who will help you enroll and process multiple membership applications.

Washoe County Medical Society (WCMS) members now have access to health insurance benefits through Prominence Health Plan that includes several different medical plan options offered with a composite rating structure. Open enrollment begins June 1 with benefits effective July 1 and Aug. 1. New members to WCMS may enroll their groups as soon as their membership applications are approved and payment is received.

Programs available will include Go365, a wellness program that encourages a healthy lifestyle, as well as the Teladoc Program, 24/7 member care via telephone or video from physicians and behavior health specialists. Additionally, dental care, vision plans, and life insurance will be available through Kansas City Life.

For more information about association plans, please contact your local insurance broker or reach out directly to Prominence Health Plan, send your quotes to: or reach out the Prominence account manager at