We’re going to miss Mrs. Toole

Virginia Toole, better known as Mrs. Toole, is an icon at GVMH.  She has worked here for the past 36 years so a lot of staff know and love her.  Mrs. Toole has been a house supervisor since 1993 and for as long as I can remember she has worked day, evening and night shifts many times in the same week.  She has exceptionally high expectations for staff and high expectations for patient care and her leadership has made all of us better. 

On Saturday, August 25, 2012, Virginia Toole is celebrating her retirement after 50 years as a registered nurse.  Virginia extends an open invitation to all the Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare staff, past and present whom she has worked with the past 36 years. To celebrate, a picnic complete with food and old-time games for entertainment, will be at shelter two (2) at the Artesian Park in Clinton, MO. Grilling starts at noon and will continue until 5 pm. Virginia’s family will provide the meat, bread and drink. Virginia asks that you please bring yourself, your family, a covered dish and your own eating utensils. If you can catch a turtle there will be turtle races also!

Mrs Toole began her employment at what was then Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in July, 1976, as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. A year later in July, 1977, Norma Jean Burnett, RN, started working at GVMH as the ICU director and worked with Mrs Toole for the next 16 years as her supervisor. Burnett said, “Virginia gave excellent patient care and everyone liked her.” In 1986, a new eight-bed, state-of-the-art ICU department was opened on the second floor. In February, 1993, Mrs Toole promoted to the position of House Supervisor, where she will work until her retirement on August 19, 2012. During her years at GVMH, Mrs Toole pitched in wherever she was needed, be it working extra shifts, teaching a variety of educational classes or serving on several different committees. “Mrs Toole will always be remembered for her dedication to patient care, loyalty to Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare, and her unfaltering high standards which she set for other nurses to follow, Carol Dymond, one of Mrs Toole’s coworkers for the past seven years said. “We are all hoping her retirement is as fulfilling and rewarding as her 50-year nursing career.”

Those of us who know Mrs. Toole know that she will not be bored in her retirement, in fact, she already has a job lined up which she claims is more work and less pay.  Missouri Gems-Toole Farms, LLC – Eggs – Milk – Beef – Pork – Honey – Turkey – Chicken

Mrs. Toole said her retirement wish is simple, she wants to live to be very old with a good mind to remember all her friends.

God bless you Mrs. Toole, may your retirement wish come true!!!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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