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Janices Story: Manager of Neuroscience

Mar 3, 2020

Janice Montes, Manager of Neuroscience/Stroke, Florida Medical Center

Montes portraitJanice Montes started in critical care at Florida Medical Center in 1979, and in 1981 she opened one of their first ICUs.

Since those early days, she’s witnessed first hand the changes at the hospital, and even tried to leave at one point before coming back.

“The Chief Nursing Officer asked me to come back to help with quality and core measures, and I knew it was right for me. Florida Medical Center is home.”

She soon found herself managing the Neuroscience and Stroke Program.

“The stroke program is awesome”

When Janice starts to talk about the stroke program, the words come easy.

“The stroke program is awesome,” she says. “We’re a joint commission primary certified stroke center, and a state certified comprehensive stroke center. That means we have more capabilities than other facilities. We have Neuro Interventionists who can do special brain procedures to pull clots out of the brain. You can’t do that at the hospital down the street.”

And when Janice calls it a program, she means it. That’s because the services they provide, and the ways they provide them, are so comprehensive.

“It’s an interdisciplinary team,” she explains. “The three of us are charged with ensuring all the stroke core measures are met, and we have to identify those patients who have strokes and we are very active with rounding with those patients and their families to coordinate their care.”

To an extent, she sees herself as an educator.

She says, “We educate the staff, both clinical and non clinical, the community, and assisted living facilities, and many more groups.”

Because the better educated her staff, and the more the community understands about stroke, the better everyone can communicate with one another when a stroke occurs.

What should the community know about stroke?

Speaking on what she wants the community to understand, Janice says, “If you think you’re having a stroke you want to come to us, because time is brain, and we can save your brain in ways that other facilities can not.”

She adds, “Patients will get excellent care here.”

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