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Governor Announces Mobile Training Program

            Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, S.D. 57501
(605) 773-3212
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, June 27, 2011
CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Joe Kafka at 605-773-3212
Governor Announces Mobile Training Program
for Rural Emergency Healthcare Providers
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced a new effort by Simulation in Motion- South Dakota (SIM-SD), with assistance of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, to deliver hands-on emergency training in rural communities where EMTs, paramedics, nurses and doctors live.
SIM-SD uses a standardized training curriculum and human patient simulators to improve the quality of emergency healthcare services, all at no cost to those who will be trained.
“It can be a challenge for rural emergency providers to get the critical-care, continuing education they need,” said Gov. Daugaard. “SIM-SD brings the training to them. They can practice their skills on amazingly lifelike patient simulators that realistically mimic illnesses and injuries.”
Partners in the effort are the South Dakota Department of Health, South Dakota Office of Emergency Medical Services, South Dakota Emergency Medical Technicians’ Association, Avera Health, Mobridge Regional Hospital, Regional Health, St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, and Sanford Health. The statewide effort is lead by the Department of Health. 
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust funded grants for three custom-built, 44-foot-long, mobile learning units that are fully equipped for training, along with two smaller outreach models. The units were constructed by Lyons, South Dakota-based Rosenbauer America, following a competitive bid process.
All five units have human patient simulators and a uniform educational curriculum to ensure a quality training experience for participants. The human patient simulators not only blink, breathe and cry but also can replicate many health problems. The true-to-life scenarios provide medical practitioners with interactive “patients” who will react according to the providers’ actions.
The Rural Healthcare Program of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust began awarding grants in 2009. In the last two years, the Trust has awarded more than $104 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the region. The Trust, established in 1999, supports a diverse range of organizations, with a major focus on health and medical research, human services, education and conservation. To date, The Trust has announced more than $104 million in the region and $440 million in grants to charitable organizations.
For more information about the training, visit www.SIM.SD.gov