For 30 years, the Division of Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare has developed curricula and trained students and emergency responders in the skills of cardiac care, trauma, stroke, airway, pediatrics, and hazardous materials. Practical workshops and hands-on training are incorporated into every course, utilizing simulation for realistic case-based scenarios that employ high-fidelity simulators or professional actors for more accurate patient portrayal. In addition, the division offers courses developed by the American Heart Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American College of Surgeons with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
At the Gordon Center, we are committed to providing the most current and highest possible level of training and are proud to have earned regional and national commendations. The State of Florida Department of Education has chosen our work as an example of programs that “enrich the lives of the citizens of the state.”
Each curriculum developed at the center is the work of respected clinicians and educators, reflects the most current science, and undergoes rigorous review by content experts and professional evaluators to ensure adherence to the highest of standards. Instructors trained in our programs—Advanced Stroke Life Support®, Emergency Management of Acute Coronary Syndromes, Airway Management – Principles and Practice, and Emergency Response to Terrorism—teach our curricula at colleges and training programs for prehospital and hospital providers throughout the state of Florida, the United States, and abroad.
The division is housed within a state-of-the-art 34,000-square-foot facility dedicated to providing an extremely realistic setting for the most effective training of emergency personnel. Among the unique features of the facility are a full-size rescue vehicle, a trauma extrication vehicle, an emergency department, decontamination showers, a computer education system, and classrooms equipped with a customized multimedia presentation system.
All courses are taught by a corps of highly qualified instructors, overseen by our fulltime faculty.
Director of the Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare Division
Ivette Motola, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Ivette Motola, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, oversees both the academic and administrative operations of the division. She has a special interest in developing curricula for prehospital and hospital-based emergency providers and the application of simulation to emergency medical education. In addition to her role as division director, she is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents in emergency medicine and maintains a part-time clinical practice schedule. She also serves on the State of Florida Department of Health Bureau of EMS Emergency Medical Review Committee and the boards of the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance, the Simulation Academy of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Health Foundation of South Florida. Dr. Motola’s professional and educational background includes prehospital care, health policy, and health disparities.
Associate Director for Operations and Instructor Development
Angel "Al" Brotons, EMT-P
Al Brotons is responsible for academic oversight of the division's classes, recruitment and professional development of instructors, inventory and maintenance of equipment and supplies, and community outreach. He also serves as coordinator for American Heart Association (AHA) courses taught by the division and its numerous satellite training sites, and he volunteers as a regional faculty member for the AHA. In addition, Al continues his work as a firefighter/paramedic and oversees the STEMI and Stroke program for Monroe County Fire Rescue, Marathon, and Islamorada Fire Rescue.
In addition to our fulltime faculty, we have a cadre of part-time instructors, led by accomplished nurses and our core instructors, who have extensive in-the-field experience with a variety of different fire rescue agencies. Click here for their profiles.
As more and more of the division's operational functions become automated to improve efficiency and provide greater convenience for constituents, our commitment to excellent, personalized customer service has not wavered. Our administrative team is accessible via e-mail, phone (call 305-243-6491), or in person to help ensure a positive experience for all participants.
Responsible for learner registration, class records, course completion documentation, instructor credentialing and scheduling.
Responsible for billing, course materials, order fulfillment, data management.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR ADMINISTRATION
Jill A. Hershbein
Responsible for course scheduling, marketing, program dissemination, database, infrastructure, troubleshooting, and business operations.
Mariano R. Loo
Responsible for computerized classroom and instructional systems, simulators, and audio-visual equipment.