2009 Nurses of the Year


Margaret Green, a research nurse associate at the University of Chicago, is a resident of Portage, Indiana and has been a nursing professional for more than 10 years.

Nominated by the esteemed doctors in the department of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Margaret is considered the “heart and soul” of the Leukemia program.

A quote from one of Nurse Green’s nominations:

“She is a wonderful educator, and, most importantly, she is the ultimate caregiver and healer! She is patient, humane, and optimistic. Margaret is always available to her patients and their families. Her gentle and calm manner provides solace, hope and sage advice.”

Margaret has participated in Patient Education Forums for patient’s with MDS and is an Expert Faculty Speaker for Celgene Pharmaceuticals.


Jacqueline Marie Toia, a Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, is a resident of Chicago and has been a nursing professional for more than 10 years.

The mother of one of Nurse Toia’s patients wrote:

“We walked out of the Procedure suite; pale, heartbroken, downtrodden and confused. Our six-year-old daughter was just taken in for a bone marrow aspirate and spinal tap. Exuding confidence, Jacquie described what typically happens to ‘her kids’ throughout treatment. She spoke with clarity, in terms we could understand. While she was very straightforward and did not hide any facts or statistics, the longer she spoke the calmer we felt. But the best part about Jacquie is how much our daughter loves her! Her child sums it up so eloquently: 'I’m happy that I only have to go to the clinic once a month now, but I’m sad about one thing. I won’t get to see Jacquie so much. She is my best friend!'”

Jacquie’s volunteer activities have included “One Step at a Time” Oncology camp projects. She is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group and the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses.