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Health Care Foundation Announces initiative to Fund Training Opportunities for Providers

The North Shore Health Care Foundation (NSHCF) announced its initiative intended to address a critical shortage of emergency re­sponders/technicians, nurse aids, medical as­sistants and licensed practical nurses in Cook County.

Titled “Investing in Our Future Health Care Workforce Solutions,” it has the NSHCF in­vesting in a state-of-the-art Trauma Manikin Simulator that will allow students to locally complete necessary medical training and cer­tifications. The manikin has responsive vi­tals, the ability to bleed and release fluids and will communicate to the trainee through the operator. It is portable for use in exercises in remote parts of the county.

According to NSHCF, the sophisticat­ed Trauma Manikin will improve hands-on skills training for those pursuing health careers and complements the EMT/EMR training curriculum developed by Jon Moe, Education Director at North Shore Health. The curriculum was recently approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

“Simulation allows a student to experience a real-life situation in a safe learning environ­ment,” Moe said.

The training curriculum and manikin simu­lator will mean that trainees may receive nec­essary training and certification for certain career positions without leaving the county.

The fundraising goal for this initiative is $80,000 and NSHCF is dedicating $30,000 of its 2023 grant budget toward the effort. Public donations have been kicked off with a $10,000 donation from Schroeder resident Virginia Erickson who recognizes the value of well-trained first responders after a cardiac event she experienced last year.

NSHCF, recognizing the urgent need for training resources in Cook County, has se­cured a low-interest, short-term loan from Grand Marais State Bank to expedite the pur­chase of the training simulator which is ex­pected to cost $57,000.

 “This investment (in the manikin) and col­laboration with local healthcare providers will change how and where those interested in healthcare careers, current health pro­fessionals and emergency services units can complete accredited healthcare programs and recertifications,” said Valerie Marasco Eliasen, the Executive Director of NSHCF. “The foundation exists to support healthcare and address gaps in health services. This is a prime example of where our leadership can benefit healthcare and the community.”

The word manikin comes from a Dutch word, “manneken” which translates to “Little Man.” It is similar to the word mannequin, which generally is applied to human-sized dolls displaying the latest in fashion.

The first manikin was built in the early 1960s and was used to teach people how to properly perform CPR. It was engineered and built by Asmund Laerdal, a successful Nor­wegian maker of plastic toys.

NSHCF started in 1993 by a motivated group of Cook County residents looking to improve health services while taking a lead­ership role in larger health projects. NSHCF is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit that has, since 1995, awarded over $1.16 million in grants for health care and healthy living programs in Cook County.

You may contribute to the Investing in Our Future Health Care Workforce Solutions fundraising campaign online at www.north­shorehealthcarefoundation.org, by mail to PO Box 454, Grand Marais, MN 55604 or in person at 21 West 2nd Street in Grand Marais.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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