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WEBER, Betty

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WEBER, Betty. (Dubuque County, IA-- ). December 31, 2014 was the last day of work for Betty at Mercy Birth Center. After more than sixty years of nursing and welcoming three generations of babies into the world, Betty Weber retired.

Immediately after graduating from nursing school, Betty was hired at MERCY MEDICAL CENTER in Dubuque in the obstetrics department. The job allowed her to work closely with new parents and their babies.

The care of sick babies became her special interest. In 1971 when Mercy opened one of the first neonatal intensive care facilities in Iowa, she was transferred in to become part of the program. She retired from Mercy in 1993 after serving twenty-four years as manager of the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She immediately accepted MEDICAL ASSOCIATES CLINIC PC (THE) offer to work as a maternity child educator which returned her to Mercy's birthing center.

Betty's new role put her into close contact with new parents. In 1989 she helped begin the Share program providing support and comfort for parents of babies who have died.

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Source:

Jacobson, Ben. "Dream Fulfilled: 6-Plus Decades of Nursing," Telegraph Herald, January 1, 2015, p. 3A