What is the Mission of the RHIC Simulation Center?
The mission of the RHIC Simulation Center 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 is the Vision of the RHIC Simulation Center?
The Simulation Center’s vision is to build an nationally recognized center for health professions learning that will focus on the transfer of cognitive and technical knowledge in new procedures, emerging technologies and safety to enhance patient care today and tomorrow.
What are the Goals of the Simulation 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 Constituents of the Simulation Center?
The RHIC Simulation Center serves over 30 different health-related professional disciplines that span the entire spectrum health and human services. This is due to the collaborative partnership that exists between the eight 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.
Four of the RHIC Partners (Indiana State University, Indiana University School of Medicine, Saint Mary of the Woods College, and Ivy Tech Community College) have students that span the horizon of heath professions, including everything from Nursing and Medicine to Athletic Training to Social Work. From Paramedic Sciences to Recreation Sports Management.
Union Health System, Hamilton Center, and Valley Professionals Community Health Centers provide current professionals opporunities for simulation-based training for acute care, primary care, and mental health-based services.
In addition to educational offerings to RHIC Partners, the Simulation Center provides training for Small Rural and Critical Access Hospitals across the state of Indiana through a contract it has with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Hospital Association.
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.
At the beginning of the 2017 Fiscal Year, the Partners agreed to add Saint Mary of the Woods College and Harrision College-Terre Haute to the Partnership, and in 2019 Valley Professionals Community Health Centers, Hamilton Center Inc, and the Indiana Area Health Education Centers were added to the Partnership.
In October of 2018, the Simulation Center expanded to include an additional location across the street from the original facility at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education. The new facility houses the Primary Care Simulated Clinic that includes an additional 9 simulation suites, a control room, 2 debriefing rooms, 3 classrooms, and a 150-seat auditorium.
Can Organizations & Individuals Outside of the RHIC Partnership Utilize the Simulation 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.
Where is the RHIC Simulation Center Located?
The Simulation Center is in two buildings, both located on the campus of Union Hospital Terre Haute.
The Simulated Acute Care Wing is located on the Second Floor of Union Hospital's West Buidling at:
1606 N 7th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47804
The Simulated Primary Care Clinic is located on the First Floor of the Landsbaum Center for Health Education at:
1433 N 6th 1/2 Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47807