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Connie Brown, 67, holds the record for the most NYC Marathons run by a woman. Her husband, Matt, 76, is a former World Champion sprinter. / 4
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LAKEWOOD RANCH — From the time she was 5 years old, Linda Antes knew she wanted to be a nurse. And a trip to the hospital to have her tonsils out only solidified her decision. “I was so impressed by the nurses,” Antes remembers. “They seemed like angels. They were so smart and competent.” Antes spent much of her childhood playing hospital with her sisters and friends before eventually becoming a candy striper before attending nursing school. Now, Antes is bringLinda Antes ing more than 30 years of nursing expertise to the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center as the hospital’s new chief nursing officer. Antes assumed her new position Nov. 15. “I’ve always been impressed with Lakewood Ranch, and this is just a wonderful opportunity for me,” Antes says. “I live in University Place, and my grandson was born at Lakewood Ranch — it just felt like a natural fit.” As the new chief nursing officer, is responsible for the hospital’s overall nursing care and delivery as well as anyone within a nursing role. “I want to create an environment where nurses are practicing at a high level,” Antes says. “Nurses are integral to the patient experience. Patients are with nurses 24/7, and you trust them to protect you, help you improve your health, get better and achieve your goals.
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“My job’s to nurse the nurses,” she says. “I try to get involved in patient care. I love patient care. I’m very clinically hands-on.” Growing up in New York, Antes had her heart set on working in the medical profession. “I used to play hospital all of the time,” Antes says with a smile. Antes worked as a candy striper before attending D’Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., where she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing while working as a nurse’s assistant. Antes later received her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, Antes took a job in medical surgery and critical care before going on to teach nursing. In addition, Antes has served as the director of staff development, director of critical care and a clinical nurse specialist, among other roles. Most recently, Antes worked as director of emergency and critical care services for Manatee Memorial Hospital. “I enjoy the people and the chance to make a difference and have an impact on patient care,” Antes says. In the next few months, Antes plans to do an assessment to help identify opportunities for the hospital’s nursing staff to learn. “Lakewood Ranch has a wonderful reputation not only with patients, but within the community and with its nurses,” Antes says. “It really is a destination hospital. It’s a place where patients want to be patients, and nurses want to work.” When she’s not hard at work, Antes enjoys entertaining, going to the beach, shopping, decorating and spending time with her husband of 40 years, Paul, her three daughters and her 10-month-old grandson.
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Meadows resident Connie Brown has run 33 consecutive New York City Marathons, while her husband, Matt, is a former World Champion sprinter.
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Meadows residents Matt Brown, 76, and Connie Brown, 67, met and fell in love partly because of their mutual love of running. has developed a passion for distance running while becoming one of the NYC Marathon’s most famous “streakers” — a title she assumed after completing 15 NYC Marathons. “This year, I finally convinced her to be proud of what she’s done,” Matt Brown says.
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After teaching for 15 years, Connie Brown moved to Sarasota in 1981 and started working in real estate. But that didn’t stop her from running. She joined the Manasota Track Club and continued training. Then in 1994, Connie Brown’s life changed forever. She went to Sarasota to meet up with some of her training partners; and it was there that she met Matt Brown, who happened to be training for the World Championships in Finland. “I thought, ‘Who is that guy with the starting blocks?’” Connie Brown remembers. “It wasn’t until later that I found out Matt was a champion sprinter.” The two struck up a friendship over their mutual love of running, and over time their friendship and running partnership blossomed into romance. The two married in 2001. Eventually, Connie Brown convinced her husband to run his first marathon — which happened to be a NYC Marathon. “I started running marathons too, which I never liked,” says Matt Brown, who competed in his last Senior Olympics in 1999. “But it was the only time, I could be with her. I never got to enjoy marathon (running). When you run on a track, you’re never far from your car.” “He’s a sprinter, so for him to do 26 miles is a little different,” Connie Brown says. “He’s just happy to be done.”
Now, nearly 120 marathons later, Connie Brown is still going strong. She and her husband continue to run at least three times a week, and not even Connie Brown’s battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or Matt Brown’s hip replacement surgery have kept the two from doing what they love. Connie Brown runs at least one marathon a year, and some years she has been known to run up to four. “I told her she can’t quit now,” Matt Brown says. But it isn’t the records that keep Connie Brown going. Rather it’s her love for the sport and the thrill that comes from realizing she’s an inspiration to others. “She has this picture in her mind about older women,” Matt Brown says. “She loves it when young people come up and ask her about her running.” “Running has always been good to me,” Connie Brown says. “I just feel thankful that after all these years I can still run. I’m proud that I can still do it, and that my body has held up all these miles. “It’s still so fun for me,” she says. “As long as I’m able to I’m going to run.”
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Further study The Alzheimer’s Association and National Institute of Health both are studying the impact of exercise, a Mediterranean diet and brain training as tools to fight memory loss, Kobritz says.
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907-6016, Suite 210
Nicole Bentze, D.O.
Board Certified in Family Practice
359-9255, Suite 120
Providers for Medicare & Most Major Health Insurance Plans www.intercoastalmedical.com 48988
Michael Bentze, D.O.
Board Certified in Family Practice
8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34202
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