receives ICF Grant
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics recently purchased a cardiac code simulator with funds received through a grant from the Idaho Community Foundation. The simulator will be used during Advanced Cardiac Life Support trainings. ACLS refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest and other life threatening medical emergencies.
ACLS certification is required for most health professionals who work directly with patients including nurses, physicians, mid level providers and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians. ACLS certification must be renewed every two years.
Shari Kuther, RN, coordinates ACLS training for SMHC. “We appreciate the generosity of the Idaho Community Foundation. The new simulator will allow us to electronically input codes that will simulate a variety of cardiac conditions,” said Kuther. “It will help us to mimic real life situations and allow us to practice in a learning environment. We can analyze the impact of the response and improve our skills.”
The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization composed of over 370 individual funds, pooled together for efficient management. It was founded in 1998 and currently has over $70 million in assets. During the last calendar year, the Foundation awarded grants totaling $4.5 million to nonprofit groups in all of Idaho’s 44 counties. In the past 20 years it has made charitable distributions totaling more than $31 million. ICF has grants panels in each of the State’s three regions.