On July 26th, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) officially launched Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE). This program, which is designed to bring critically needed training to out-state Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers and Critical Access Hospitals. The day began with a brunch program, which opened with remarks by UNMC Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold, comments from Shelley Stingley from The Leona M. and Harry B. Charitable Trust, an impassioned speech by volunteer EMT Jen Wolsleben, and finally the appointment of Shelley Stingley & Heidi Schultz from The Helmsley Trust, as Admirals in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska by Lt. Governor Mike Foley.
After the program, guests were given tours of one of South Dakota’s simulation units, before a press conference featuring Lt. Governor Foley, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Shelley Stingley from The Helmsley Charitable Trust, University of Nebraska President Dr. Hank Bounds, UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold, SIM-NE Principle Investigator Dr. Paul Paulman, and EMT Jen Wolsleben.
Following the press conference, members of the University and the community were invited to tour the simulation unit and peruse information tables set up by SIM-NE’s partners.
Through a generous grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Charitable trust, SIM-NE aims to bring high-fidelity medical training to all EMS workers and critical access hospital personnel in the next two years. This will be accomplished through the use of 4 simulation vehicles that are outfitted with realistic equipment and 5 high-fidelity patient simulators. The simulation units will be housed in Norfolk, Lincoln, Kearney, and Scottsbluff.
For more information on the July 26th launch event, feel free to click on the following links:
- Omaha World-Herald
- Lincoln Journal Star
- News Channel Nebraska KWBE (TV and radio in Norfolk, Beatrice, Fairbury, other areas)
- NET Lincoln
- KETV TV Ch 7 Omaha
- KFXL Fox (Lincoln-Hastings-Kearney, NE)
- WOWT TV Ch 6 Omaha
- KMTV TV Ch 3 Omaha
- KLKN Ch 8 TV Lincoln
- KCAU Sioux City, Iowa
- KHGI TV Kearney
- Omaha WOWT Ch 6 online
- Sioux City Journal (Iowa)
- Fremont Tribune
- West Plains Daily Quill
- The Eagle (Texas)
- Lebanon Daily Record
Associated Press (wire service) This is the story that will run in many Nebraska newspapers and out of state as well.
Grant will provide training for rural emergency responders
By JOSH FUNK - Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A $5.5 million grant will provide four new mobile classrooms to help improve training for emergency responders in rural parts of Nebraska over the next three years.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center said Tuesday that the grant from the Leona and Harry Helmsley foundation will pay for four of the $500,000 trucks to be stationed across the state.
The trucks have advanced simulators inside that offer hands-on training on advanced techniques. The manikins used in the simulations cost almost $900,000. Each truck has an emergency room simulator and an ambulance simulator.
Nebraska is the fourth state to receive a grant from the Helmsley Foundation for the trucks after South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana.
“These kind of training opportunities are incredibly important for rural Nebraska,” said Michael Dwyer with the Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association.
About 80 percent of the state’s 7,000 emergency responders are volunteers, but rural areas rely even heavier on volunteers. Dwyer said to attend training, those volunteers might have to drive an hour or two to attend classes after already working their primary jobs.