Women of September 2020: Jane Allen

Tell us a little about yourself and who you are? Jane Allen Manager of Medical Consumerism Broward County Public Schools

How does a day in your life look like these days? Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID 19 as of March 2020, our entire Workers' Compensation Team has been working remotely. Working with the support of our clinicians and their teams to provide telemedicine support for a continuum of care. We are extremely proud of our team for their ability to transition seamlessly to the remote setting and our strategic partners for their ability to adapt to the changes & yet provide quality medical care.

What makes you unique? I do not believe that I am " unique ", but consider myself privileged to work with the Workers' Compensation community as a whole, working collaboratively to continuously improve the standards of care for our injured employees.

What is your “why?” What inspires you every day to do more/better? My main source of inspiration on a daily basis truly is the team I work with. The depth of experience with all disciplines within our team and the commitment to " quality and professionalism" inherently lends itself to an environment of continuous improvement. Workers' Compensation as we all are aware, is a stressful and complex environment, but working with a group of consummate professionals brings its own rewards.

Tell us about your career and how you got started? I trained in the UK at the Hammersmith Post-Graduate Hospital in London, this was a large inner-city 750 bedded hospital that also was a significant research /.specialist facility for the UK. Following my training, I worked in the ER, then moved to another London hospital in a charge nurse position on a burns and reconstructive unit. Progressing with my career, working as a surgical and burns unit charge nurse positions, I had the unique experience of working with mustard gas and severe burn victims from the Middle East. Caring for Iraqi & Iranian young soldiers, who had been critically injured and sent to the Uk for medical care was a humbling and rewarding experience that I will never forget. in 1987 I was offered a position on the commissioning team for a newly built hospital in Muscat / Oman. Post-implementation I worked in hospital administration and then ran the VIP Unit. Of most significance being that on one of the many extra-curricular adventures [ yes a party ] I met an English guy called Tony. The rest is history, we subsequently married moved to England then Barbados then Florida where I worked in several different surgical roles until I joined Corvel corporation in 2000 and got the Workers' Compensation bug. Working initially as a telephonic case manager then moving to field case management. In 2006 I assumed the medical consumerism role initially with Blue Cross & Blue Shield in 2006 working with the School Board of Broward County and other large fully and self-insured entities. In 2015 I joined the Broward County Public Schools in-house team as manager of medical consumerism.

What are your future goals? To continue to work & grow in a role that I love for as long as I am physically/mentally able.

How do you empower other women? I believe that you must always lead by example, celebrate the achievements of those around you. I tell my team that they inspire me and make me proud of what they do for our injured employees whenever I can. " Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world" [Erica Jong]


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