Welcome to the RHIC Simulation Center

The RHIC was the First Simulation Center in Indiana to Become Accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Jack Jaeger, MSN, CCRN serves as the founding Director of the RHIC Simulation Center which opened in 2011. He was elected to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare's Accreditation Council in 2019, and is a Lead Acceditation Reviewer for the Society.

The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative Simulation Center opened in February of 2011. The Center is unique in that it is not only an academic-based enterprise, but is also geared toward meeting the needs of healthcare providers in acute and primary care, as well as simulation education for community-based partners and local and state government.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Mission of the RHIC Simulation Center?

To advance the health & wellness of the public through the innovative, interprofessional education & training of current & future healthcare professionals.

What is the Vision of the RHIC Simulation Center

To be a premier center for innovation, collaboration, & interprofessional health education & training.

What are the Goals of the Simulation Center?

1.   Promote patient safety

2.   Support continuing professional development

3.   Help provide learners at all levels across all disciplines acquire and maintain cognitive and technical knowledge and skills

4.   Teach and train teams across all disciplines to enhance each member’s role andcommunication

5.   Provide opportunities for remediation

6.   Access technical and cognitive competency across all disciplines and all levels of care providers

7.   Assist in curriculum development and validation for procedural and cognitiveskills

8.   Educate the educators of today and tomorrow

9.   Develop meaningful collaboration with other institutions and centers of learning

What are the Strategic Priorities for the RHIC?

2020 Strategic Priorities/Goals


Priority 1: High Quality Health Professions Education




1.   Support Interprofessional Education

§ MEASURE 1.1.1:  Create a coordinated schedule of IPE events for Partner participation, increasing the number of IPE events sponsored by RHIC.

§ MEASURE 1.1.2:  Deliver an annual IPE conference for educators & clinicians

§ MEASURE 1.1.3:  Create a plan to deliver continuing education for a range of health professionals

§ MEASURE 1.1.4:  Complete an assessment of continuous quality improvement to improve the ability to conduct IPE

Year 1-2

2.   Simulation Center will sustain a high-quality experience for participants

§ MEASURE 1.2.1:  Complete the Society for Simulation in Healthcare re-accreditation for CORE & Teaching/Learning

§ MEASURE 1.2.2:  Complete SSH CHSE & CHSOS certifications for qualified staff

§ MEASURE 1.2.3:  Redesign & launch program for continuing education of faculty/educators related to simulation-based methodologies

§ MEASURE 1.2.4:  Engage in assessment of continuous quality improvement to enhance simulation training

Year 1-2

3.   Develop innovative teaching methods for simulation-based education delivery with virtual & telepresence-based modalities

§ MEASURE 1.3.1:  Simulation Advisory Committee develops potential list of virtual & telepresence modalities to be reviewed & implemented

Year 1









2020 Strategic Priorities/Goals


Priority 2: Resource Sustainability through Collaborative Partnerships




1.   Expand Partner base through a focus on value, capacity & community needs

§ MEASURE 2.1.1:  RHIC Board sub-committee to examine the value & prepare plan for collaborative expansion based on current capacity limitations & added benefit to Partners

§ MEASURE 2.1.2:  Develop prioritized list of potential additional Partners for board review

Year 2

2.   Diversify revenue streams

§ MEASURE 2.2.1:  Establish a catalog of educational offerings/services using RHIC resources that have potential to expand revenue

§ MEASURE 2.2.2:  Retool plan for grant submissions in alignment with updated strategic priorities to include a review of common areas of focus among Partner organizations

Year 2

3.   Maintain relationships with organizations that are focused on the vulnerable, underserved & rural health needs

§ MEASURE 2.3.1:  Meet with representatives of community organizations (such as but not limited to: IRHA, IHA, Lugar Center, Center for Rural Engagement & Better Health Wabash Valley) to review & align priorities & goals

Year 1

4.   Ensure that facilities & equipment are up to date & meet the needs of the organization

§ MEASURE 2.4.1:  Establish a sub-committee to develop Simulation Center physical facility sustainability plan to submit to the board for approval

Year 2

5.   Assess the organizations marketing approach

§ MEASURE 2.5.1:  Establish a sub-committee of Partner marketing & public relations experts to review the organization’s name & develop proposal for possible name change

§ MEASURE 2.5.2:  Establish a sub-committee of Partner marketing and public relations experts to review marketing efforts & launch a plan to create increased awareness & brand recognition for the organization

Year 1




2020 Strategic Priorities/Goals


Priority 3: Serving the Public through Outreach & Engagement




1.   Promote the health & wellness of the community through outreach

§ MEASURE 3.1.1:  Develop plan for featured community engagement activities to be conducted annually with RHIC involvement, providing schedule of events to Partners

§ MEASURE 3.1.2:  Engage community organizations strategically in the planning & deployment of activities

Year 1

2.   Actively engage students from Partner organizations in community outreach activities to promote experiential learning

§ MEASURE 3.2.1:  Work with Partner organizations to involve students in significant & applicable RHIC community outreach opportunities

§ MEASURE 3.2.2:  Work with Partner organization to assist with the coordination of student-involvement in outreach opportunities

Year 1



Priority 4: Quality Improvement & Evidence-Based Practice




1.   Integrate the RHIC with Partner quality & EBP initiatives

§ MEASURE 4.1.1:  Incorporate RHIC staff on Healthcare Partner Organizations Quality & Safety & EBP Committees (Union, VPCHC, Hamilton Center)

§ MEASURE 4.1.2:  Develop simulation-based testing of quality initiative processes for the collaborative’s healthcare delivery Partners using human factors & psychometric standards

Year 1-3

2.   Support evidence-based practice & quality improvement studies

§ MEASURE 4.2.1:  Create sub-committee to develop plan in establishing need & feasibility of involvement in EBP & quality-improvement studies

Year 3

3.   Achieve SSH Accreditation in Systems Integration

§ MEASURE 4.3.1:  Create a process to successfully apply for Systems Integration Accreditation from Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Year 3




2020 Strategic Priorities/Goals



Priority 5: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning




1.   Support & promote scholarly activities related to teaching & learning

§ MEASURE 5.1.1:  Utilize expertise from RHIC Partners & the Simulation Advisory Committee to develop a list of potential scholarly & collaborative activities related to teaching & learning

§ MEASURE 5.1.2:  Document, report & publicly acknowledge scholarly activities (including publications & conference presentations) related to teaching & learning from RHIC Partners related to interprofessional education, simulation-based learning & innovative teaching & learning

§ MEASURE 5.1.3:  Develop a plan for the implementation of a simulation-based fellowship program

Year 2-3

2.   Support trials of learning innovations in order to make recommendations for best practices

§ MEASURE 5.2.1:  Invite Partner faculty, educators & clinicians to meet & explore the feasibility of RHIC involvement in support trials of learning interventions

Year 3

Who are the Primary Constituents of the Simulation Center?

The RHIC Simulation Center serves over 40 different health-related professional disciplines that span the entire spectrum health and human services. This is due to the collaborative partnership that exists between the eight RHIC Partner organizations. It is also important to note that due to this collaboration, the pieces are in place for a wide variety of interprofessional education activities.

Four of the RHIC Partners (Indiana State University, Indiana University School of Medicine, Saint Mary of the Woods College, and Ivy Tech Community College) have students that span the horizon of heath professions, including everything from Nursing and Medicine to Athletic Training to Social Work.  From Paramedic Sciences to Recreation Sports Management.

Union Health System, Hamilton Center, and Valley Professionals Community Health Centers provide current professionals opporunities for simulation-based training for acute care, primary care, and mental health-based services.

In addition to educational offerings to RHIC Partners, the Simulation Center provides training for Small Rural and Critical Access Hospitals across the state of Indiana through a contract it has with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Hospital Association.

What is the History of the RHIC Simulation Center?

The Rural Health Innovation Collaborative (RHIC) was formed in September of 2008. Its mission is to improve and expand interprofessional education, training, and deployment of future health care providers, especially for those committed to serving rural populations. The Collaborative’s founding partners included leaders in healthcare, higher education, and government throughout the state of Indiana.



In conjunction with the organization’s mission, the group determined that one of the essential components of providing an environment for true interprofessional education was to create a medical simulation facility. Three of the partners within the RHIC (Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley, and Union Hospital Health Group) developed a one year Memorandum of Understanding that took effect in August of 2010 in which the partners agreed to establish a conjoint facilty to be housed in the former Intensive Care Unit in the West Building of Union Hospital-Terre Haute. The original space used for the Simulation Center was 3.500 square feet and consisted of 8 simulation rooms, one control room and one debriefing room.

Union Hospital, through its Lugar Center for Rural Health, was awarded a HRSA federal grant to offset start up and equipment costs for the Center. The partners agreed to relocate existing simulation equipment from each of their facilities into the new center.

The new center was named the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative Simulation Center. An Operations Committee was formed with representation from all three partners as well as the Executive Director of the RHIC. A Director, Jack Jaeger, was hired to manage all aspects of daily operations. After a general renovation of the space, the first simulation to take place in the new facility happened on January 19, 2011.

In November of 2011 a 4 year agreement, through a new Memorandum of Understanding, was completed and included the three original partners as well as the Indiana University School of Medicine.

At the beginning of the 2017 Fiscal Year, the Partners agreed to add Saint Mary of the Woods College and Harrision College-Terre Haute to the Partnership, and in 2019 Valley Professionals Community Health Centers, Hamilton Center Inc, and the Indiana Area Health Education Centers were added to the Partnership.

In October of 2018, the Simulation Center expanded to include an additional location across the street from the original facility at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education.  The new facility houses the Primary Care Simulated Clinic that includes an additional 9 simulation suites, a control room, 2 debriefing rooms, 3 classrooms, and a 150-seat auditorium.

Can Organizations & Individuals Outside of the RHIC Partnership Utilize the Simulation Center?

Organizations and individuals that are not part of the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative partnership have the ability to utilize the Simulation Center's services through a Fee Schedule that has been created by the Partnership. That Fee Schedule is available upon request. The RHIC is also involved a wide variety of community-based initiatives which are paid for by the partnership or through grant funds that the RHIC and its partners have obtained. It is through these means that the RHIC is reaching out to under-served and rural communities and the healthcare providers in them to provide high fidelity simulation based training that they otherwise would not be able to get.

Where is the RHIC Simulation Center Located?

The Simulation Center is in two buildings, both located on the campus of Union Hospital Terre Haute. 

The Simulated Acute Care Wing is located on the Second Floor of Union Hospital's West Buidling at:

1606 N 7th Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47804


The Simulated Primary Care Clinic is located on the First Floor of the Landsbaum Center for Health Education at:

1433 N 6th 1/2 Street, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47807




Rural Health Innovation Collaborative

1606 N 7th Street

Terre Haute, IN 47804

(812) 238-4625

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