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Dr. Edward I. Gordon gives $1 million to Longwood Nursing Program

August 6, 2009

Dr. Edward Gordon Dr. Edward Gordon

Longwood University has received a $1,000,000 gift from Dr. Edward I. Gordon to fund the Clinical Simulation Learning Center for the new nursing program. This is the largest gift from a local donor in the history of the university.

"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.

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."

The mission of Longwood's BSN program, approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia last January, is to promote excellence in nursing education and clinical competency; to promote the development of citizen leaders in the nursing profession; to promote partnerships to enhance health care and health care education in the region; to be one component of the solution to the nursing shortage; and to improve the health of local communities. The program will be administered through the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences and classes will begin this fall.

Longwood's quest to build a nursing program began in September 2007 when the Board of Visitors approved a resolution granting permission for a $392,293 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Education Funding project to fund the hiring of a program director, a curriculum expert, and two professors during the planning year of the program.

To learn more about Longwood's BSN program visit www.longwood.edu/nursing or contact the Admissions Office at 1.800.281.4677