Sanford Health patients will benefit from a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The state of South Dakota received $5,580,000 in funding to train emergency medical technicians and hospital personnel statewide using high-tech patient simulators. The state will pass along the funding to Sanford Health and other hospitals and health systems in South Dakota to purchase, maintain and operate mobile units.
The grant will fund three mobile units that will be fully equipped for training as emergency rooms, intensive care departments and ambulances, as well as two smaller outreach models. All five units will include adult male, pregnant female, infant and pediatric human-patient simulators, along with the necessary medical equipment to provide realistic training.