VIGO CO, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — There’s a new vehicle hitting the road, bringing healthcare training to rural communities.  

The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative unveiled its new mobile simulation unit on Thursday afternoon. The retro-fitted ambulance is equipped with medical training equipment, high fidelity human simulators, and 360-degree audiovisual recording equipment and is stocked with the same equipment in a functioning ambulance.

The new unit replaces an older simulation training unit that was used from 2015 to 2021. It was purchased with a $50,000 grant for the Union Health Foundation.

The vehicle will travel to rural areas across Indiana to offer training to healthcare professionals.

“Most of the hospitals in small rural places that we go to just can’t afford the kind of resources that we have through the RHIC. This training would not be possible without the ability for us to drive to them and do the training at their facilities using this mobile simulation unit,” RHIC’s Executive Director, Jack Jaeger, said.

The unit will also be used to train healthcare students and will be used for outreach projects on a variety of health topics.