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Japanese Students Visit Gordon Hospital
Gordon Hospital welcomed some very special visitors recently.
According to Patti Hoover, director of Gordon Hospital’s Progressive Care Unit, 20 nursing students and their sponsor from Red Cross University and the Adventist College, Saniku Gakin in Japan visited Gordon Hospital as part of a cross culture practicum through Southern Adventist University (SAU) in Collegedale, Tenn.
“This is the second year we have hosted students through this program,” Hoover explains. “They enjoyed a tour of our hospital’s various departments, but their favorite was a tour of our surgery department.”
This is the fourth year in a row that Japanese nursing students were able to participate in the program through SAU School of Nursing and English Department. All the students were in their second or third year of nursing school and spent approximately three weeks at SAU specifically to complete the cross cultural practicum and learn conversational English.
Each student was paired with a host family so they could see firsthand how Americans live, communicate, work, worship, eat, and play. The students attended English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in the morning and nursing assessment classes in the evening. They became CPR certified and had the opportunity to interact with current SAU nursing students.
In order to experience the health care system in the United States, they toured Skyridge Hospital, Life Bridges, Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, and Signature Healthcare, all in Cleveland, Tenn. They had an opportunity to visit Life Care Center and the Volunteer Fire Department in Collegedale. In addition to Gordon Hospital in Georgia, the student also visited Kuraoka Clinic in Atlanta.
The students were able to relax and practice their English outside of the classroom when they visited popular tourist destinations in Tennessee like the Incline, the Chattanooga Aquarium, and Dollywood. While in Georgia, they visited Centennial Olympic Park and Stone Mountain. Their favorite part of each trip seemed to be tasting American ice cream. The experience culminated with a farewell banquet for the Japanese students, host families, and teachers. The students wore colorful kimonos, sang songs in Japanese and English, then received Certificates of Completion, CPR cards, and Japanese/ English Bibles. At the end, everyone had an opportunity to take a walk down memory lane through a slide show highlighting the three week experience. 


Gordon Hospital
1035 Red Bud Rd
Calhoun, GA 30701
(706) 629-2895