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Dr. Edward I. Gordon Gives $1 Million to Longwood Nursing Program

Gina Caldwell Associate Editor

Dr. Edward GordonLongwood's nursing program received a $1,000,000 gift from Farmville physician Dr. Edward I. Gordon to fund the Clinical Simulation Learning Center. This is the largest gift froma local donor in Longwood's history.

"Dr. Gordon's gift represents a significant milestone in the life of Longwood's nursing program," said Longwood President Dr. Patricia P. Cormier. "As a physician who has served a rural area for his entire career, Dr. Gordon is acutely aware of the critical need for healthcare in south-central Virginia. This gift, the largest in Longwood's history from a local donor, will open the door for the next generation of healthcare providers in this region. I know I speak for the entire Longwood community when I express our sincerest gratitude to Dr. Gordon."

Dr. Gordon has practiced pediatric and family medicine in Farmville for 36 years. In addition to his family practice, he serves as chief physician to The Woodland retirement community; medical director for Piedmont Regional Jail and Farmville Police Department; and as medical examiner for Prince Edward and Cumberland counties. He developed the pediatric and nursery departments for Southside Community Hospital where he also established the newborn and pediatric intensive care units. He has represented Ward A on the Farmville Town Council for three years. "I chose to contribute to Longwood's nursing program because I live here and this is my home," said Dr. Gordon. "If I had given to one the larger schools that I attended, then it would just be a gift from far away. As Longwood and the community grow together, we will benefit from one another.  The success of Longwood and Farmville is important to me."

The Clinical Simulation Learning Center will be a critical component of Longwood's new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.  Clinical simulation laboratories are designed to simulate clinical settings and clinical experiences, providing students with opportunities to learn and enhance their skills in a safe, controlled environment. Dr. Gordon's gift will establish the Clinical Simulation Learning Center in three phases over three years in coordination with the development of the nursing curriculum.

"We are very fortunate that a Farmville community leader understands the importance of the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Longwood University, and the value of utilizing clinical simulation as an educational instructional tool," said Dr. Melody Eaton, director of the nursing program. "The Clinical Simulation Learning Center will provide hands-on experience in a realistic, but controlled, environment. Through the use of full-size electromechanical human patient simulators, students will practice assessment, decision-making, and nursing skills. The simulators can speak and breathe as well as emit palpable pulses, heartbeats and other human physiological indicators. The Simulation Center will truly enhance the learning process and prepare our students for professional nursing practice and the real world of nursing."