UNMC Receives $5.5 Million From Helmsley Trust for Rural Health Care

The has announced a three-year, $5.5 million grant to the to launch a mobile simulation program for rural emergency medical providers and hospital personnel.

Awarded through the trust's Simulation in Motion program, the grant will be used by UNMC to purchase four customized mobile simulation training trucks and twenty high-fidelity patient simulators and make them available to rural emergency medical services, hospitals, and universities for advanced trauma and cardiac life support training. The rear compartments of the trucks have areas that can simulate an emergency room and an ambulance, while the computerized mannequins in each truck are able to talk, breathe, and react to medications and other actions taken by the trainees.

Scheduled to be delivered in January, the units will be stationed in Norfolk, Lincoln, Kearney, and Scottsbluff, where UNMC has nursing college divisions. Nebraska is the fourth state, after South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana, to be added to the Simulation in Motion program.

"Simulation training is an exciting frontier in medicine that offers enormous potential for us to maximize our resources and extend our reach even further," said UNMC president Hank Bounds. "UNMC is a leader in this area. With this grant, UNMC and its partners will be able to continue their important work in meeting healthcare needs across our state. I thank the Helmsley Charitable Trust for its generous support, and all our first responders and healthcare providers for the life-saving work they do every day."

"." Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Press Release 07/26/2016.