Cheri Theulen, RN, BSN, OCN
Interim Chief Nursing Officer (Outpatient)
As the interim Chief Nursing Officer (Outpatient), Cheri oversees the Outpatient nursing departments. She works closely with the nursing directors to ensure high quality patient care and patient satisfaction. Together they collaborate on new initiatives and programs that affect both patients and staff in a positive way.
Cheri attended Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing and graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with a nursing degree. She then received a Bachelors of Science Nursing degree through Upper Iowa University. She has also been oncology certified for many years.
Cheri had numerous nursing roles over her 41 years, all at St. Anthony. She began as a staff RN on Med/Surg floor, became the director, worked in the emergency room as a House supervisor, and was clinical supervisor for Same Day Surgery/Infusion/Specialty Clinic for several years and then transitioned to the clinical supervisor of the St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center. She has served as interim for outpatient Behavior Mental Health Unit, Med/Surg, and as interim CNO in the past. She has been closely involved in the building project for the surgery center as well as the cancer center and the large remodel project for Med/Surg area.
Cheri Theulen was a recipient of the100 Great Iowa Nurses award. She is also a member of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Oncology Nurses Society. She has been a 1st Responder in Halbur, IA, for 29 years. She is a member of the St. Augustine Guild and choir and is also involved in the annual Relay for Life in Carroll County.
"I knew since I was young that I wanted to be a nurse and I have never regretted my career choice," said Cheri. "I enjoy the challenges, the different opportunities I’ve had, and the privilege to care for others."
"I also love working as a nurse leader because I feel I can make a difference in the lives of the patients we serve, and in the staff that dedicate their lives to healthcare." Cheri continued, "I believe in providing holistic and compassionate care and believe that every patient should be treated like family."
Cheri and her husband, Randy have been married over 43 years and have four grown children and six grandchildren who all live in DesMoines. She enjoys walking, reading, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.