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Bouvé simulation suite named for Northeastern alumnus

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Northeastern University has announced that Marlene Goldstein invested $2 million to name the new simulation laboratories suite in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences in memory of her late husband, Arnold S. Goldstein, P’61, PhD’90. Goldstein, who passed away in 2010, was a professor of pharmacy at Northeastern and had served as acting dean in what was then the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.

“Arnold loved academia and his thirst for knowledge was unquenchable,” said Marlene Goldstein. “Our gift to Northeastern University will hopefully make a difference in the future, one that lasts longer than our lifetimes. Arnold would be so delighted and very proud to see it at work.”

By training students in techniques designed to ensure patient safety, improve outcomes and prevent medical errors, the Arnold S. Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite will have a significant impact on the next generation of health-care providers and bolster national efforts in health education, research and service.

“Arny Goldstein was a farsighted innovator who recognized the value of experiential education,” said Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern University. “With this transformative investment, Marlene is solidifying the legacy of his pioneering spirit and is strengthening the Bouvé College of Health Sciences as a national leader in patient safety and health-care quality.”

The Goldstein Suite will facilitate health-care instruction, utilizing computer-driven mannequins and lifelike models, and will allow faculty and students to replicate clinical symptoms and modulate realistic human responses. By practicing hands-on skills such as starting intravenous lines, resuscitation, and administering anesthesia, students will acquire the training necessary to work as part of a strong health-care team, in settings ranging from emergency rooms to home care.

“Arny had a long history with Bouvé and he remained dedicated to our students throughout his lifetime,” said Stephen Zoloth, former dean of Bouvé. “His passion for teaching and innovation was unparalleled, and thanks to Arny and Marlene the college will offer one of the most advanced clinical simulation environments in the nation.”

Goldstein, who ultimately pursued a career in law, founded Arnold S. Goldstein and Associates, LLC, and was a managing partner at Presser & Goldstein, LLC. In addition to being an accomplished legal author and speaker, he was an inaugural member of Northeastern’s Health Sciences Entrepreneurs program and regularly led student workshops on campus.

“In naming the Goldstein Simulation Laboratories Suite, Marlene is celebrating Arny’s dynamic personality and honoring the value he placed on education,” said Diane MacGillivray, senior vice president for university advancement. “Future generations of Northeastern students and faculty will learn about Arny and be inspired by his tireless enthusiasm for learning and knowledge.”

“Arnold was a great humanitarian,” said Marlene Goldstein. “One of his greatest aspirations was to have the opportunity in his lifetime to better people’s lives.”