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Start-Up Funding Provided by; Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has been actively engaged with funding several EMS and hospital initiatives to improve the health and lives of Montana citizens. Two EMS/hospital initiatives include an American Heart Association – Mission Lifeline project to improve STEMI 12-lead EKG transmission capability for EMS and hospitals and an EMSTS/DPHHS project to develop Cardiac Ready Communities enhancing the cardiac chain of survival for patients suffering cardiac arrest.

In 2016, the Helmsley Charitable Trust invited Montana to apply for funding implementing Simulation in Motion Montana. This $4.6 million grant includes the purchase of three mobile simulation training trucks with a suite of high definition simulation manikins.  The front of these trucks includes pull out areas and simulates an emergency room; the back simulates an ambulance.  The manikins are high fidelity computerized training tools that talk, breath, have heartbeats, and can react to medications and other actions of the learners. They can live or die and can be reviewed over and over again.

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Montana EMSTS / DPHHS Project Proposal and Award

EMSTS / DPHHS is the state's lead agency responsible for the development of a comprehensive emergency care system for Montanans. It is the vision of EMSTS that the development of comprehensive emergency care programs is imperative to the well-being, health and safety of Montana citizens. The section's overall mission is to reduce death and disability by providing leadership and coordination in the planning and development of a comprehensive, evidence-based emergency care system that measurably prevents and reduces morbidity and mortality. An emergency care system can be characterized as a system of systems. EMSTS is engaged with EMS system planning, EMS service licensing and regulation, trauma system development, EMS for Children, injury prevention, cardiac ready communities and poison control.

Montana's Proposal

After a review of sister projects in the Midwest, EMSTS proposed creating an innovative public-private partnership with MobileSim Montana, a non-profit (501c3) formed specifically for this project. MobileSim Montana is positioned to not only focus on its core mission to provide education to EMS and hospitals around the state, but also a broader customer base including universities, schools and others. 

While the sister programs rely on hospital and university systems to manage staff, scheduling of education and maintenance, MobileSim Montana’s board of directors is overseeing governance of the program. Additionally, corporation membership includes an advisory group representing key users and stakeholders (EMS, hospitals, universities, colleges, etc.). Such an organizational structure will be positioned better to manage the program over the next few grant funded years and to better plan for sustainability beyond that time.

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​Simulation in Motion Montana Inc. - MobileSim Montana

Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed to operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of this corporation is to provide and facilitate educational and other workforce related activities that support increased educational opportunities, health care provider competence and a team approach to delivery of health care. 

An advisory group of interested stakeholders has been meeting over the last year to conduct preliminary planning for project startup and operations. Beginning in the fall of 2016, Montana recruited five inaugural directors of Simulation in Motion Montana, Inc. and the corporation has been certified by the Secretary of State. As part of the bylaws structure, the advisory committee is explicitly included as a non-voting entity with direct advisory responsibility to the board of directors.

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Best Practice Medicine; Project Management Entity

Founded in 2015 by Montana clinicians, Best Practice Medicine (BPM) is Montana's fastest growing clinical education group focused on high consequence patient care encounters. As online learning options increased in the last decade the craft of adult education is being outsourced to computers and software programs. We believe that the best learning experiences are those that combine the innovations of today's technology with specialized live instruction. Our team is proud to represent decades of provider experience in emergency, flight, and critical care medicine.

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Learn More about SIM-MT

There is a lot more to this project than meets the eye. Interested in a deep dive into the program? Click here, we have lots to share with you.

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Simulation in Motion Board

This project is led by a group of Montanans who selflessly give of their time and talent to provide guidance and oversight. Learn more about these pioneers of clinical education in the State of Montana.

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Gear Heads

We love education, but we also love our gizmo's and gadgets. Simulation in Motion represents over 3 million dollars in gear and equipment, check it out. 

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