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Marys Story: Director of Nursing

Mar 3, 2020

Mary Grimes, Administrative Director of Nursing and Clinical Services, Florida Medical Center

Finding a home in Florida

Grimes portraitThe cold in New York became too much for Mary Grimes, so in 1982 she headed south to Florida and began working in the surgical ICU at Florida Medical Center. At the time, she had no idea where the road would take her. Looking back in 2015, it’s been quite a ride.

Over the years, she worked in different roles and departments, including the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, where she became manager. After 7 years as the Director of Surgical Services, she became the Administrative Director of Nursing and Clinical Services in 2013.

How a job became a career

When Mary took the job in 1982, she had no idea she’d one day be reflecting on 33 years at the hospital. So why has she stayed so long?

“I really enjoy the staff and those relationships I’ve developed over the years. I appreciate the support and recognition from the administration of a job well done. They look for leaders and give them an opportunity to grow.”

That empowerment from the administration has made a real difference in the care delivered to patients.

“The last two years have been phenomenal,” Mary says. “We are a comprehensive stroke center and chest pain center. We’ve really been focusing on education for our staff and education for the community. We’re very active in the community. We hold a lot of events here, and provide education and support groups. “

The patients she meets appreciate the attention, and what they see as a family environment.

“Patients say when they come here they feel like a family. They feel as if we’re treating them like they’re our own family. Because one of these days it will be you in bed, or you mother or father or your sister or brother. So we treat each patient as we would want to be treated.”

A focus on improving since 1974

In 1974, Florida Medical Center performed their first open heart surgery, where they were real pioneers.

Since then, as the hospital and community have changed, that focus on being pioneers is still there. It might be a brand new procedure, or just a hand to hold for a patient or their family. For Mary, being a pioneer is found in the little things Florida Medical Center does to make patients feel like family.

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