PUP! Grant earmarked for new training equipment

The Harvest Foundation has awarded a $15,000 PUP! Grant to the Henry County Department of Public Safety (HCDPS) to assist in the purchase of three iSimulate REALITi Simulation Training Kits.

HCDPS will use the new simulators to train healthcare providers on the three different types of heart monitors/defibrillators that are currently being used throughout the Martinsville and Henry County healthcare community.

The portable simulation kits give HCDPS the ability to turn any mannequin into a high-fidelity simulation training mannequin. This makes training more realistic, cost effective and convenient for the department.

These training improvements are crucial as the department is currently responsible for providing continuing education to over 40 career EMS providers, over 300 volunteer EMS providers and partners with SOVAH-Health to provide cardiac education to their staff.  

“These kits will enhance cardiac care training from beginners learning CPR, cardiologists treating emergency cardiac cases and nearly every healthcare level in between,” said Matt Tatum, director of Public Safety. “This grant not only funds this project, but it also allows us to leverage additional grant funding so we can provide state of the art cardiac care education.”

“The work of our local public safety has always been a valued resource for our community,” said Sheryl Agee, senior operating officer at The Harvest Foundation. “The PUP! Grant was a logical fit since the importance of that work has been further spotlighted over the last year amidst the pandemic. We greatly appreciate their partnership and efforts to proactively equip our community with state-of-the-art technology to meet the community’s health and safety needs.” 

For more information about Henry County Department of Public Safety and its programs, visit www.henrycountyva.gov/public-safety.

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