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Clinical Simulation Lab History

Dr. Gordon in CSLC Dr. Edward I. Gordon

On February 1, 2011 Longwood University's Nursing Department held the official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the state-of-the-art Edward I. Gordon, M.D., Clinical Simulation Learning Center (CSLC).  This event marked the completion of Phase I of the renovations to the third floor of Stevens Hall (approximately 6,971 square feet), a former science building which dates to 1951. 

The CSLC is a state-of-the-art instructional and simulation facility that is designed to advance the clinical and critical reasoning skills of nursing students in a safe environment. The $1.8 million CSLC was made possible through a generous $ 1 million private gift in August 2009 from Dr.  Edward I. Gordon, a Farmville physician.  Additional funding was awarded for equipment and construction from Richmond Memorial Health Foundation; Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission; Mary Morton Parsons Foundation; and Marietta McNeill Morgan and Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Foundation.  

The CSLC is equipped with various hospital equipment and supplies and features high-tech equipment including manikins capable of simulating a remarkable array of physiological functions, called "high-fidelity patient simulators," and a digital audiovisual system that allows for live recordings of simulated experiences to be recorded and played back for faculty and student evaluation. In the CSLC, the audiovisual system was provided by a company called Education Management Solutions, the high- and mid-fidelity manikins were provided by Laerdal, medical equipment and supplies were provided by Pocket Nurse, and the headwalls, which have suction, oxygen and compressed air, were provided by Modular Services.

Renovation of Phase II of the CSLC began fall of 2011 which finished the remaining open space on third floor of Stevens Hall. The CSLC now totals approximately 10,000 square feet on the third floor of Stevens Hall.  With the completion of Phase II a student resource center, two debrief rooms, a Maternal-Newborn Patient Simulator Lab, standardized patient exam room, nursing faculty offices, and the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation Home Care Center were added.  An open house was held April 24, 2012 marking the completion of the CSLC.  


"This Center will help save lives... It ties together all of the things that mean the most to me - healthcare, nursing, computers, Farmville and Longwood - and it's more than I ever envisioned. The possibilities are endless. I am honored to be part of this project."

Dr. Gordon at ceremonial ribbon cutting  Feb. 1, 2011.