FSW Cardiovascular Technology Program Receives $500,000 Donation

Florida SouthWestern Sate College

JULY 24, 2020 – FORT MYERS, FLA —Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Cardiovascular Technology program has received a $500,000 donation from Donna Sublett in memory of her husband James E. Sublett.

The FSW cardiovascular technology lab and classroom will be named the “James E. Sublett Cardiovascular Laboratory and Classroom” and the funds will be used to enhance the simulation aspects of the program, providing FSW’s Cardiovascular Technology program the opportunity to purchase Gaumard HAL® and TactEX simulators.

The Gaumard HAL® is an advanced adult patient simulator that will enable students to sharpen their patient assessment and critical care skills. It utilizes wireless and tetherless technology and is completely self-contained. HAL® supports real ECG monitors, oximeters, BP cuffs, and defibrillators, just like a real patient. Students will be able to practice a wide variety of patient-related clinical scenarios including acute myocardial infarctions and cardiogenic shock.

“The TactEX simulators are cardiac catheterization simulators that will allow true tactile experience for the students and enable us to offer laboratory experiences we are unable to offer with our existing simulators,” said Jeff Davis, program director, FSW Cardiovascular Technology program. “The STEMI Steve cardiac catheterization simulator will allow students to develop and sharpen their clinical “hands-on” skills by actually performing cardiac catheterization procedures in simulated elective and emergency cases including ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) scenarios. This donation will allow us to take the CVT program to new heights and allow students to graduate and enter the cardiovascular profession with additional knowledge and skills to provide expert and professional care to the patients and health care teams they serve.”

The Subletts have been Southwest Florida residents for over 30 years and have actively and generously served Southwest Florida in business, church and community.

“Jim would be very happy knowing that we are contributing to the technological field of cardiovascular medicine in his name,” said Donna Sublett. “He was a wonderful mentor and teacher and his heart was always with the young and curious.”


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.

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