Shortly after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina on Sept. 14, 2018, with heavy rain that caused severe flooding, Sentara Albemarle Medical Center reached out to Patti Montes, Sentara Healthcare system manager of emergency management and business continuity for assistance.
Patti began preparing a Sentara Health Care mobile ER team to be sent down to the Town of Kingston to help treat the sick and injured. Over an eight day period the mobile ER team treated 294 patients at no charge.
Recently Patti Montes and the Sentara Team were recognized by Inside Business with the 2019 Health Care Hero Award for emergency response.
Congratulations to Patti Montes, Sentara Healthcare system manager of emergency management-business continuity and the Sentara Kinston Team.
Patti’s passion to help the sick and injured outside of the emergency room was established early during her time working as an RN in the emergency room. She wanted to do more and decided to volunteer with the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad. She found the pre-hospital experience to be exciting and rewarding. She soon moved up the ladder of success starting as an EMT and eventually a paramedic.
It was after responding to a number of major accident calls involving multiple patients requiring on scene command-management priorities that Patti’s interest in emergency management grew. Over the years Patti took advantage of training opportunities which eventually lead to a career move from the emergency room to emergency management.
To read the full story go to InsideBuinessHealthCareHeroes2019.
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