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, including physicians, paramedics and nurses. In addition to our fulltime faculty, we have a cadre of part-time instructors, led by 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.