Our GMC Team
Janis Carter grew up on a farm north of Erie and had made plans in her teens to become a school teacher. In fact, after graduating from Erie High School, she even began classes at Neosho County Community College to get her basics in elementary education. She quickly learned that wasn’t “her cup of tea!”
Luckily for Janis (and for Girard Medical Center) she had a couple of roommates who were Radiologic Technologists (Rad Techs) and she thought that particular career choice suited her personality. A few years later she graduated from Labette as a Rad Tech registered in radiology and mammography. She worked at Mt. Carmel (now Via Christi) for a couple of years after graduation, then came to work for GMC in 1994. She became the Director of Radiology in 2001, and continues to do a great job running it today! Just ask her co-worker, Ruth Duling, Director of Patient Financial Services. “I have had the pleasure of working with Janis for over twenty years,” Ruth said. “I’ve always been impressed with her attention to detail and the efficiency she exhibits every day in her department.”
Janis immensely enjoys her job because she said, “As a working manager I get to interact with the patients on a day to day basis. I like it when the patients know me by name.” One rewarding part of her job is facilitating a Breast Cancer Survivor Group meeting since its inception in 2001. Members enjoy the camaraderie and encouragement they get from fellow survivors at these monthly meetings. Some of them have been coming since the beginning 15 years ago. Janis said they are living proof that women do survive breast cancer! Ruth commended Janis for her work with this group and all of her patients: “When I see Janis interact with patients, I’m reminded of what every healthcare professional should strive to be. She is compassionate and caring, a great ambassador for Girard Medical Center.”
Janis has an active home life! During her tenure here she married husband Roy and had three children. Drake is 21, Morgan is 18 and Katie is 14. She said outside work her life mostly consists of going to her children’s activities, officiating volleyball as a little side job and being the Jr. High cheer coach for St. Paul. She and Roy also vacation once a year outside the US in exciting places such as Cancun, Cozumel, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands, just to name a few.
Thank you Janis for all you do for GMC! #OURGMCTEAM
Note: We are featuring a different employee of Girard Medical Center each week on our website and Facebook. There is no special order - we have so many wonderful team members but can only focus on one at a time! Our staff members are the reason for our success! (Other team members we have featured are under the "About Us" section of the website)