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About HEROES


Emergency Preparedness training and education for healthcare providers and students across the state of Nebraska, and beyond. HEROES is an interdisciplinary approach to biological, chemical, radiological and natural disaster emergencies. Spearheaded by the UNMC College of Nursing, we collaborate with the College of Medicine, College of Allied Health Professions and the Center for Preparedness Education.

Funded through a University of Nebraska programs of Excellence Grant, HEROES provides education through its website and Mobile Simulation Unit.

HEROES Personnel


Beth Beam, HEROES Program Director

Beth Beam, RN, PhD

Program Director
College of Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Kim Hayes, HEROES Project Coordinator

Kim Hayes, MPH, BSN, RN

Program Coordinator
College of Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Stephen Smith, HEROES Instructional Technologist

Stephen Smith

Instructional Technologist
College of Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center

HEROES Consultants


Brittany Schlueter, HEROES Project Coordinator

Brittany Schlueter, MSN, RN, EMT

Program Consultant
College of Nursing
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Sara Bills, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Education

Sara E. Bills, PT, DPT, GCS

Program Consultant
College of Allied Health Professions
University of Nebraska Medical Center

HEROES Partners


Philip W. Smith

Phillip W. Smith, M.D.

Emeritus Faculty
(Professor, Internal Medicine)
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Sharon Medcalf

Sharon Medcalf, PhD, MEd, RN

Co-Director for the Center for Preparedness Education
University of Nebraska Medical Center