Funds to support emergency simulation training program

BOZEMAN HEALTH FOUNDATION

Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center announced July 28 that Yellowstone Club Community Foundation has provided the medical center with a $50,000 challenge gift to support the implementation of a series of professionally led emergency training scenarios.

These training scenarios will help Big Sky Medical Center’s physicians, nurses, staff members and community partners to better prepare for a range of complex health emergencies such as strokes, heart attacks, mass-casualty incidents or even highly contagious pediatric viruses.

With a total project cost of $100,000, leaders at YCCF hope that their challenge gift will inspire a broad cross-section of Big Sky area residents and businesses to support this effort as well.

“Big Sky Medical Center is off to a fantastic start and it’s already meeting really important community needs,” said Loren Bough, a member of both the YCCF board and the medical center’s volunteer board of managers. “We’re excited about this project and hope that others will join us in supporting this focused fundraising effort for a worthy cause.”

According to Tracy Reamy, Big Sky Medical Center’s administrator, simulating emergency scenarios before they happen will allow the medical center team to test plans and protocols, determine where it needs to adapt, and to build stronger partnerships with the Big Sky Fire Department, emergency medical services and others.

“Practicing for worst-case scenarios will help us to provide the best possible patient care for those we serve,” Reamy said.

The first simulation training will take place in October, with additional scenarios to be developed and implemented during 2017. Bozeman Health’s Big Sky Medical Center and Deaconess Hospital will work with Swedish Medical Center and their highly regarded InSytu program on the design and implementation of each simulation. InSytu’s leadership team will provide Big Sky Medical Center with comprehensive reviews and recommendations for future emergency responses.

All financial contributions in support of this project will help to establish Big Sky Medical Center’s Founders’ Fund, and a new donor wall will be unveiled on the medical center’s one-year anniversary in December. Naming opportunities throughout the center remain available to recognize larger contributions.

For information on this project and how you can support Big Sky Medical Center, call (406) 414-1085 or visit bigskymedicalcenter.org/donate.