A 45-year nursing career is being recognized as Barb Toohey of Carroll is selected as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses. St. Anthony Regional Hospital congratulates Toohey, who serves as their Director of Quality Assurance, for the honor of being named to the list of nursing professionals who have made meaningful contributions to their patients, colleagues and the nursing profession itself. Hundreds of nominations from around the state were considered, with the judging criteria including the nominees’ concern for humanity, their contribution to the profession and their leadership and mentoring efforts. “Barb’s constant pursuit of excellence is what prompted her nomination,” says Vice-President of Patient Services, Karen Timm. “I have been blessed to work with Barb as a close colleague for the past nine years, and I am comfortable seeking her advice when faced with a difficult decision.” Toohey’s experience includes working in obstetrical care, quality and risk management, school, public health, hospice, and cardiac nursing and as a workman’s compensation case manager. Toohey began working at St. Anthony in 1976 but left in 1996 when her family moved to eastern Iowa. They returned in 2009, and Toohey came back to St. Anthony as the Director of Home Health, Hospice and Public Health. The 15th annual 100 Great Iowa Nurses reception will be held Sunday, May 5 at the Iowa Events Center—Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. Toohey joins eight other St. Anthony honorees: Deb Adams, Verna Teifenthaler, Sandy Cayler, Pat Hogan, Darlene Rueter, Katie Towers, Cheri Theulen and Tammy Roetman.
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