Improving Health Access & Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the History of the RHIC Simulation Center

The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) was formed in September of 2008. Its mission is to improve and expand interprofessional education, training, and deployment of future health care providers, especially for those committed to serving rural populations. The Collaborative’s founding partners included leaders in healthcare, higher education, and government throughout the state of Indiana.



In conjunction with the organization’s mission, the group determined that one of the essential components of providing an environment for true interprofessional education was to create a medical simulation facility. Three of the partners within the RHIC (Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley, and Union Hospital Health Group) developed a one year Memorandum of Understanding that took effect in August of 2010 in which the partners agreed to establish a conjoint facilty to be housed in the former Intensive Care Unit in the West Building of Union Hospital-Terre Haute. The original space used for the Simulation Center was 3.500 square feet and consisted of 8 simulation rooms, one control room and one debriefing room.

Union Hospital, through its Lugar Center for Rural Health, was awarded a HRSA federal grant to offset start up and equipment costs for the Center. The partners agreed to relocate existing simulation equipment from each of their facilities into the new center.

The new center was named the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative Simulation Center. An Operations Committee was formed with representation from all three partners as well as the Executive Director of the RHIC. A Director, Jack Jaeger, was hired to manage all aspects of daily operations. After a general renovation of the space, the first simulation to take place in the new facility happened on January 19, 2011.

In November of 2011 a 4 year agreement, through a new Memorandum of Understanding, was completed and included the three original partners as well as the Indiana University School of Medicine.


What is the Mission of the Simulation Center?

The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) Simulation Center (RHICSC) has a publicly stated mission that lies in conjunction with the mission of the overall RHIC. The mission of the RHIC is to improve and expandi nterprofessional education (IPE), training, and deployment of future healthcare providers, especially for those committed to serving rural populations. Asa result of this overall Collaborative mission, the mission of the RHICSC is to teach, maintain and assess technical and cognitive competency, new procedures and emerging technologies to current and future healthcare providers across all disciplines using state-of-the-art educational methods and technology and with an emphasis on interprofessional, team-based training.



What are the Goals of the Sim Center?

1.Promote patient safety

2.Support continuing professional development

3.Help provide learners at all levels across all disciplines acquire and maintain cognitive and technical knowledge and skills

4.Teach and train teams across all disciplines to enhance each member’s role andcommunication

5.Provide opportunities for remediation

6.Access technical and cognitive competency across all disciplines and all levels of care providers

7.Assist in curriculum development and validation for procedural and cognitiveskills

8.Educate the educators of today and tomorrow

9.Develop meaningful collaboration with other institutions and centers of learning

Who are the Primary Users/Partners of the Facility?

The RHIC Simulation Center serves 25 different healthcare-related disciplines that span the entire spectrum of professionals. This is due to the collaborative partnership that exists between the 13 RHIC Partner organizations. It is also important to note that due to this collaboration, the pieces are in place for a wide variety of interprofessional education activities exist and are used.

Can Organizations & Individuals Outside of the RHIC Partnership Utilize the Sim Center?

Organizations and individuals that are not part of the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative partnership have the ability to utilize the Simulation Center's services through a fee schedule that has been created by the Partnership. That fee schedule is available upon request. The RHIC is also involved a wide variety of community-based initiatives which are paid for by the partnership or through grant funds that the RHIC and its partners have obtained. It is through these means that the RHIC is reaching out to under-served and rural communities and the healthcare providers in them to provide high fidelity simulation based training that they otherwise would not be able to get.

How Can I Get Additional Information About Being Involved in the Sim Center?

For more information about the Simulation Center, contact the Director of the facility, Jack Jaeger, via email at jack.jaeger@therhic.org or by phone at 812-238-4625.

For more information about the RHIC as a whole, contact the RHIC Executive Director, Stephanie Laws via email at stephanie.laws@therhic.org, or by phone at 812-238-7479.

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