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CHFS Nurse Profiles

The Focus asked CHFS nurses to answer questions about their jobs and what it means to be a nurse. Here are the first three profiles. More profiles will follow during the next few weeks. 

Alicia Tindall, RN, BS, Immunization Program Manager

Alicia Tindall currently serves as the program manager for the state’s immunization program for which she was previously the adult/adolescent coordinator. She also worked as a CCU nurse at UK and in the EP Lab at Central Baptist before coming to work in the Immunization Program. Alicia has been a nurse for 10 years. She has a bachelor degree in biology from UK and an associate degree in nursing from Lexington Community College.

Why did you become a nurse?

I decided to become a nurse after watching the nurses take care of my grandmother when she had cancer. The care and compassion with which she was treated made a big impression on me.

What do you think is the most pressing public health issue facing Kentucky today and why? 

I think the most pressing public health issue today is the increasing prevalence of childhood illnesses that historically were only seen in adults. Children are the future of our society, they are the ones that are the work force of tomorrow. They will take Kentucky into the next decade.  Yet, their health seems to be declining. In public health, we have the chance now to change that by providing immunizations, dental screenings, well child care, and education to parents so that they can make better choices for their children.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Immunizations promote the health and well-being of all Kentuckians, especially our children who are the future of the Commonwealth. With healthy children, our state can have a healthy future. Working here means that I get to be a part of that.

Tindall is married to Robert Tindall, who works for the Division of Emergency Management. They have been married 14 years. They have one child, Lily, who is 9.

Judy Montfort Medicaid Minimum Data Set/Resource Utilization Group Coordinator – Nurse Service Administrator

Judy Montfort currently serves as the Minimum Data Set/Resource Utilization Group Coordinator for the Department for Medicaid Services. She oversees the nursing facility services program, provides training for nursing facility providers and field review nurses and serves in many other capacities in her position. Montfort was previously an operating room nurse, Peer Review Organization (PRO) nurse manager, director of nursing at a 120-bed nursing facility, and Office of Inspector General (OIG) certified surveyor. She has worked for the state for 20 years.

Montfort received an associate degree in nursing at Kentucky State University. She is also a certified OIG surveyor. Montfort is also a volunteer animal caretaker at L.I.F.E. House for Animals, a no-kill animal adoption center in Frankfort.

Why did you become a nurse?

It was my lifetime goal. I enjoy being a caregiver!

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

Traveling and working with the nursing facility providers across the state.

Montfort has one son, Jeff Rogers, a daughter, Michelle Little, and two grandchildren, Megan (12) and Mason (6) Little. She shares her home with her 91-year-old mother, Adell Walpert, and one spoiled cat, Riley, who is 6.

Montfort will retire this year and will focus on animal rescue and adoptions.

Fontaine Sands, DrPH, MSN, CIC, Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Coordinator

Fontaine Sands’ job is to develop a statewide plan to decrease HAIs in health care facilities through collaboration, education, reporting and implementation of evidence-based process improvement measures. She has been a registered nurse for more than 24 years working in acute care facilities in Lexington. She has held a variety of positions such as medical/surgical staff nurse, ICU nurse, manager of ICU, case management, clinical nurse specialist and coordinator of a level 1 trauma center, performance improvement coordinator and manager of women’s health promotion clinic. Before joining DPH, she was a nurse epidemiologist for the Infection Prevention and Control Department at Central Baptist Hospital.

She is also an assistant professor at the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. She teaches courses in the epidemiology department to master and doctoral students.

Sands received an associate degree in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University in 1986; bachelor of science in nursing from EKU in 1991; master degree in community/public health nursing in 1996; Doctorate in Public Health from UK in 2006. She also received a certificate in Medical Management form UK in 1999 and national certification in Infection Prevention/Control (CIC) in 2009.

Why did you become a nurse?

I decided on nursing when I was about 15 years old. I always knew I wanted to help others (a trait I got from my mother) and nursing fulfills that role as well as provides a steady job with good pay. Nursing also provides such a variety of roles that you can always learn new skills and never get bored.

My professional ambition was always to help others. I have moved from individual care to making a difference in the lives of those in my community (population health). I hope that when I leave this world that people may say that I was able to make their lives better (through education and health policy).

What do you think is the most pressing public health issue facing Kentucky today and why?

The most pressing public health issues today I believe are the following:

1. The obesity epidemic and all of the associated health issues facing our younger generations. It is sad to say that the life expectancy will be lower for our children and that they have to deal with chronic diseases such as adult onset diabetes and hypertension at such young ages. As a nation, we will never be able to afford the cost of treating chronic diseases no matter what we may want to believe. The investment we must make now is in health promotion and prevention. Americans must take ownership of their health and as a nation we must provide them the tools to do so.

2. Multi-drug resistant organisms, I believe, is the second pressing public health issue. I see a future resembling our past which was inundated with plague, cholera, influenza, smallpox, etc. Now we are on the verge of frequent re-emerging epidemics and pandemics from organisms no longer affected by antibiotics/antivirals, that could kill millions of people. 

Sands has been married for almost 20 years to her husband, Mark Sands. They have one son, Connor, who turns 16 in May. Sands is a third generation Lexingtonian, and the youngest of four children. Her father worked for CHFS for 30 years and is now retired. She is named after a man who also spent his professional life at CHFS, Fontaine Banks. 

  

 

Last Updated 5/11/2010