Aurora Summit launches event to fund advanced SimMan for the community

Community emergency medical teams will benefit from in-person, hands-on training with Aurora Summit SimMan.  Photo: Courtesy of the West Bend Fire Department

Community emergency medical teams will benefit from in-person, hands-on training with Aurora Summit advanced SimMan.
Photo: Courtesy of the West Bend Fire Department

Aurora Medical Center in Summit is hosting its inaugural Lake Country Gala on Saturday, November 16 at the Oconomowoc Lake Club, and there is one man at the center of it all: a “SimMan”.

“This state-of-the-art, realistic, full-body adult mannequin is used to teach critical emergency medicine skills,” says Lisa Heinz, RN, Trauma Coordinator at Aurora Summit.

“As the Summit area has grown, it is important for our caregivers and community agencies to have access to advanced simulation training tools as it raises the level of care we—together— provide to our neighbors,” says Heinz.

Proceeds from the event will be used by the Aurora Health Care Foundation to fund the advanced SimMan. The purchase of this training tool will be a significant investment into the community. The goal is to raise $90,000 at the event. The medical staff at Aurora Summit has already contributed $25,000.

Krishna Prasad, MD, a dedicated emergency physician and Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Aurora Medical Center in Summit, will chair the event on November 16.

“We all know that in advanced trauma care, both timing and preparedness are critical,” says Dr. Prasad. “The SimMan helps save lives because it can simulate real life scenarios involving trauma and other critical emergency medical conditions that EMS providers routinely encounter, just as a flight simulator helps train pilots for in-flight emergencies.”

Dr. Prasad is known for providing exceptional medical care for his patients. He knows how important this SimMan is for the community. “When EMTs, firefighters, nurses, and physicians experience in-person, hands-on training through realistic mock scenarios utilizing SimMan, it enhances the quality of care for the patient. The entire community will benefit”.

Thomas Derrig, MD, Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, takes pride in providing advanced trauma care in Summit. “Trauma doesn’t discriminate. It’s one of the few things in health care that affect everyone. With advanced neurosurgery and trauma care provided at our medical center, we’re keeping patients in the community, close to family and close to home. Patients no longer have to travel out of the community to receive high level, quality care,” said Dr. Derrig.

For more information or to attend the November 16 Lake Country Gala, visit aurora.org/LakeCountryGala 

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