RAPID CITY, S.D. – Regional Health has obtained a new high-fidelity patient simulator through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. This piece of equipment adds obstetric (OB) care and labor and delivery training to the Simulation in Motion South Dakota (SIM-SD) program. Regional Health now has an adult male, two children, and OB simulator that can give birth and simulating various obstetrical emergencies.
“This equipment helps us go across western South Dakota to train medical professionals from all organizations. We have been able to train physicians and firefighters using this generous gift from Helmsley Charitable Trust” said Darrel Brimm, Regional Health Nurse Educator. “This is the type of training that saves lives.”
The SIM-SD program provides hand-on instruction through real-life scenarios for nurses, physicians and emergency medical service (EMS) professionals to increase their proficiency. The new OB simulation equipment can help train medical personnel in vaginal delivery, breach delivery, precipitous delivery, and shoulder dystocia.
The Helmsley Charitable Trust gave over $5 million in 2010 to establish SIM-SD. The program provides high-quality training with human simulators to healthcare professionals and emergency medical service (EMS) providers throughout South Dakota. Regional Health operates the SIM-SD truck that serves western South Dakota.
Regional Health is inviting the public to see the new equipment on November 29, 2018, at Rapid City Hospital, East Auditorium, from 4 – 5 p.m. Caregivers will give presentations at the event, and the public can get hands-on experience with the simulation equipment.
Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, headquartered in Rapid City, provides community-based health care covering 32 specialty areas of medicine in more than 20 communities in two states. Regional Health is comprised of five hospitals, 25 clinics and more than 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health hospitals in Rapid City, Spearfish and Sturgis have been rated as four-star hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For more information, visit regionalhealth.org.
THE HELMSLEY CHARITABLE TRUST
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting exceptional efforts in the U.S. and around the world in health and select place-based initiatives. Since beginning active grantmaking in 2008, Helmsley has committed more than $2.3 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded more than $376 million to organizations and initiatives in the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota, Iowa, and Montana. For more information on Helmsley and its programs, visit helmsleytrust.org.
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