Toby Marsh, chief nursing and patient care services officer at UC Davis Medical Center, has added another hat to his leadership portfolio. This month, he began a year-long term as president of the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL).
The association is an independent chapter chartered by American College of Healthcare Executives to represent Northern and Central California regions, which cover 50 of the state's 58 counties and extends as far south as Kern County and San Luis Obispo and north to the Oregon border.
At the medical center in Sacramento, Marsh oversees more than 1,800 nurses and nurse practitioners. He previously served as a director of UC Davis’ hospital and clinics at the medical center, providing leadership, planning and the administration of day-to-day patient-care operations as well as clinical-education and improvement projects.
“I’m honored to serve as president of CAHL for 2018,” said Marsh. “Health care leaders have an important role to play in advancing community health and improving clinical care. We come to our work each day with the goal of creating a compassionate, healing environment that enhances health for all. Our association was established to develop and nurture individuals who are committed to quality and excellence in health care.”
Marsh noted that CAHL is an especially active organization, with a variety of mentor projects and partnership training programs throughout the year. During Marsh’s time on the nursing leadership team at UC Davis, the hospital earned Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national designation that honors nursing excellence and serves as a benchmark for quality of care.
He also has held a variety of nursing and nursing management positions, including that of a U.S. Air Force captain, where he had significant command responsibilities for personnel, administrative and training programs.
Marsh received a bachelor's degree in health services from California State University, Fresno in 1997; a master's in human resources from Central Michigan University in 2000; an associate degree in nursing from Pacific Union College in 2004; and a master's in nursing from Gonzaga University in 2010. He attended the Wharton Nursing Leaders Program in 2008.