Simulation in Motion - Montana, Inc. (SIM-MT or also DBA MobileSim Montana) 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.
Working with teams and organization across Montana, our simulations increase team performance, address communication dynamics, reduce medical errors, help staff stay sharp, and improve patient outcomes. We design and run life-like rehearsals for the very rare and very dangerous patient care events, or whatever scenario your team wishes to train for.
After receipt of the grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, the three trucks were ordered from Rosenbauer in South Dakota. Rosenbauer is a company that primarily builds fire trucks, but they have custom built MobileSim trucks for North and South Dakota and now Montana and Nebraska. Delivery of the trucks took almost 15 months.
While waiting delivery of the trucks, an advisory group representing hospitals, EMS, universities, colleges, and others was formed in 2016 and they met numerous times to discuss project strategies and operations. Any idea related activities that would help SIM-MT be successful and sustainable were put on the table and discussed.
Simulation in Motion - Montana, Inc. (also DBA MobileSim Montana) was formed in the fall of 2016. It was established as a 501c3 non-profit entity that would assist DPHHS in planning and implementing operations, governance, and long-term sustainability of the project. In addition to a Board of Directors, the corporation membership includes an advisory committee representing the same stakeholders who had already been meeting for some time.
In January 2017, DPHHS awarded SIM-MT a contract which formally enabled DPHHS to pass funds through to them for implementation of grant activities. Primary use of grant funds would be dedicated to contracting with a Project Management Entity for day-to-day operations, but SIM-MT would also be able to fund operational activities such as corporate administration through the Montana Medical Association.
SIM-MT's first activity was to release a Request for Proposal for a Project Management Entity that would oversee day-to-day operations of the project, including hiring and training of instructors, scheduling of training events, marketing, and evaluation. Pursuant to a thorough response to the RFP, Best Practice Medicine was awarded the PME contract in July of 2017.
In May of 2019, Best Practice Medicine and Simulation in Motion - Montana, Inc. (a partnership known as SIM-MT) announced a new achievement in healthcare simulation accreditation. After an extensive review, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs granted SIM-MT provisional accreditation, making them an official Accredited Simulation Program. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is the internationally recognized accrediting body of simulation in healthcare. This esteemed recognition makes SIM-MT the first and only SSH Accredited mobile simulation program in the world!
As an Accredited Simulation Program, SIM-MT now stands alongside prestigious brick and mortar simulation programs as: Yale School of Medicine, The Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Duke University School of Nursing, and The John Hopkins School of Medicine. Read the full press release here.
In August of 2019, Simulation Team Leaders Brodie Verworn and DJ Olson both crossed a major new threshold in Simulation care, achieving national credentialing as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). Brodie and DJ join Joe Poole, Best Practice Medicine's Director of Education, as our three nationally credentialed simulation educators.
Created by The Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the CHSE certification "has been developed as a service to the healthcare simulation community. The CHSE certification is intended for individuals who perform healthcare simulation in the educator role without restriction to simulation modality, setting (locations where simulation takes place), geographic location, learner population, function (e.g. teaching, assessment), and profession." (1)
The combination of our provisional accreditation from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare and CHSE credentialing of our simulation team leaders further demonstrates our collective commitment to set the benchmark for best practices in high quality simulation education in Montana and beyond.
The SIM-MT Board of Directors approved a charging procedure for simulation education events. This standardized format is utilized to calculate the actual costs of the event (travel, staff time, truck operations, etc.). With the addition of an indirect rate to support future operations and sustainability, an event charge proposal will be provided.
While the bulk of the Helmsley grant has been utilized to purchase the trucks, manikins, and supplies, three years of operations funding was included to help jump start the program. Operations are funded on a sliding scale – 100% in the first year; 66% in the second year; and 33% in the third year. While many events in the first year will be at no cost or low cost, a business plan that accommodates for increasing revenues over the next years will be essential to the sustainability of the project.
The funding and the grant emphasize delivery of simulation education to rural critical access hospital and EMS communities. Over this next year, a couple of simulation events will be offered to these CAH/EMS communities at no cost. (A zero-balance invoice will be provided for each event so that the community can assess the value of these offerings and include them in future budgets). Depending upon actual operations costs, a limited number of other events will be provided at low cost or no cost. Offerings to entities with training budgets or other funding will be most welcome as the long-term sustainability of SIM-MT will depend upon future revenues meeting operational costs.
Anyone can request training through the Simulation Request Form. After submitting requested information, a Best Practice Medicine (BPM) Simulation Team Leaders will contact the entity for further information and scheduling. This follow up will occur within 24 hours of request submission during normal business hours.
To economize on staff time and operational expenses, BPM will also be scheduling training circuits, especially for CAH/EMS community events. Scheduling three or four locations over the course of a week will save travel and event costs for each location. BPM Simulation Team Leaders will soon be contacting CAH/EMS locations for availability on planned circuits.Go To Simulation Request Form