Oregon Trail Community Foundation supports training for first responders and health care providers

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation of Scottsbluff has made a $5,000 gift to
support the Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE) program that was successfully
launched this year by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and various partners.
The gift made to the University of Nebraska Foundation bolsters the university’s
Scottsbluff-based program operations and the custom medical simulation vehicle based
there that is used in medical training throughout the area.
SIM-NE Program Director Brian Monaghan said mobile training opportunities are of
paramount importance to our state’s medical first responders and health care providers.
“We’re grateful to the Oregon Trail Community Foundation for its support and
partnership,” Monaghan said. “It helps allow providers to remain in their home
communities for training while helping to ensure the consistency and quality of training
throughout Nebraska’s rural and frontier communities.”
The SIM-NE program brings critical training directly to rural emergency medical service
(EMS) providers and health care providers at critical access hospitals within the
communities they work. The program makes use of four, 44-foot-long custom simulation
vehicles that are outfitted with realistic equipment and high-fidelity patient simulators.
The vehicles can simulate real-life emergency rooms and ambulances and are
equipped with mannequins that simulate human patients by speaking, breathing,
reacting to treatment and more. They are currently based in Scottsbluff, Norfolk,
Kearney and Lincoln and travel the state to provide emergency medical training at no
charge.
SIM-NE is made possible through a partnership of educational institutions, academic
departments representing various disciplines, charitable organizations, and public
agencies that are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Nebraskans. With
the equipment, technology and skills training used by SIM-NE, the university is helping
to better prepare medical professionals in rural areas and critical access hospitals.
A leadership gift from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provided
initial resources to the university to start the SIM-NE program and to purchase its first
simulation-enabled vehicles while providing a three-year, step-down plan of program
support.
Monaghan said continued private support and partnerships, such as that with the
Oregon Trail Community Foundation, is critical to keep the program going and to reach
the communities where it’s needed most.
Rural emergency medical service agencies and rural critical access hospitals can
request training at unmc.edu/SIM-NE. For more information, contact SIM-NE at simne@
unmc.edu or 402 559-4863.
The Oregon Trail Community Foundation is a benevolent community trust organized in
1977 for the benefit of the citizens of western Nebraska and Goshen and Platte
Counties in eastern Wyoming. More information is at otcf.org.

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