A leadership team from the University of Nebraska Medical Center headed by Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., will visit Gothenburg Wednesday evening, June 28, and North Platte the next morning.The leaders will provide an update on activities at UNO, UNMC and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine. The NU team will meet with president Ryan Purdy and Vice-President of Academic Affairs Jody Tomanek from 8-9 a.m. at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte.
“These trips are always very informative in helping us to better understand the challenges these communities face and ways we can partner to better serve their needs,” Dr. Gold said.
In Gothenburg, the group will tour the hospital and take part in a reception at the Nebraska Salt and Grain conference room from 4:30-6 p.m. hosted by Susan and Matt Williams. Susan is a member of the UNMC Board of Counselors and Matt is a state senator.
The chancellor and his team then leave for a dinner.
But from 6:30 to 8 p.m. there will be an “Introduction to Simulation” event at the truck, which is open to local EMS and hospital providers to see the truck and how the process works.
Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
• Efforts to address the nursing workforce shortage and the new Center for Chronic Care Management at the UNMC College of Nursing;
• Dr. Gold’s new role as chancellor at UNO;
• The new SIM-NE trucks and their impact on rural health and emergency medical training. These are customized trucks to provide free training to rural emergency medical service (EMS) agencies and rural critical access hospitals.
• UNO's online bachelor of general studies, a top 25 ranked program in the nation with 50 concentrations including one in emergency management;
• The opening of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC and its impact on the state;
• The partnership between UNO and community colleges around the state, including Mid-Plains in North Platte;
• The NU Board of Regents approval of the Global Center for Health Security, which builds upon existing infectious disease and biodefense research programs at UNMC;
• The Nebraska Business Development Center housed at Mammel Hall in the College of Business Administration at UNO, which has a service center in North Platte;
• BHECN initiatives around the state including the new Ambassadors program to promote behavioral health careers among youth; and
• The UNO Dreamer’s Pathway Scholarship program.
A Simulation-in-Motion Nebraska (SIM-NE) truck will accompany the group in Gothenburg. Tours will be conducted of the truck from 6-6:30 p.m. at 10th and F. The truck is one of four 44-foot long, dual-axle customized trucks that will be used to provide free training to rural emergency medical service (EMS) agencies and rural critical access hospitals. Trainers will travel in the trucks to provide the training.
Joining Dr. Gold on the trip are:
• Juliann Sebastian, Ph.D., dean of the UNMC College of Nursing;
• Michael Sitorius, M.D. chairman of family medicine in the UNMC College of Medicine;
• Howard Liu, M.D., director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN);
• Bob Bartee, vice chancellor of external affairs at UNMC; and
• Erin Owen, executive director of university communications at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
On June 28, the group will also stop in Lexington.
On June 29, the group will depart North Platte for Valentine for a Rotary Club luncheon at the Peppermill Restaurant, and then visit the Rock County Hospital in Bassett.