Omaha Gives, the community's only annual 24-hour charitable challenge, is set for tomorrow, May 20. The giving begins at midnight, and hourly drawings and prizes make donations go further.
Omaha Gives comes at an especially critical time now as the university strives to support those affected by COVID-19 and provides important information and resources across the state about the disease.
Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE) is a mobile training system that provides free statewide training for the providers of rural emergency medical services and health professionals in hospitals -- normally using four, 44-foot-long, customized trucks.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, it has shifted its training to online and video sessions to protect its instructors and trainees while still providing critical educational training. SIM-NE recently held three virtual training events attended by more than 600 health care providers. It held COVID-19 training related to patient surge preparation, leadership and the rapidly changing rural health care environment.
Every gift contribution during Omaha Gives increases the chances that UNMC also will receive matching dollars made available by the event's sponsors and benefactors. Gifts may be made on May 20 or scheduled online now.
Since the program's launch in 2017, SIM-NE mobile units have provided more than 20,000 hours of simulation training for nearly 7,300 emergency medical providers in most Nebraska counties.