6/17/20 - A Message from Secretary Hou: Employee Bright Spot

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Good afternoon, IDHS Staff:

Frequently, I receive feedback about IDHS staff having positive attitudes, being hard workers, helpful, and responsive. Considering our services and the way we engage communities, this likely comes as no surprise to you.

I hope you enjoy today's Bright Spot as we profile of one of your colleagues, Tina Broyles, who embodies all of these traits.

Today's Bright Spot: Amy Toombs (Business Administrator, Chicago-Read Mental Health Center)

Before joining the team at Chicago-Read MHC 21 years ago, Amy worked as a researcher in the private sector and published research in the field of mental health; specifically, in the area of substance use. Amy promotes the hospital's vision of recovery, believing that every patient has the potential to integrate back into their community.

Amy has been an asset to many across the Division given her IT skill set and extensive knowledge of Fiscal Operations. In addition to her role, Amy recently took on the challenge of providing interim coverage for the Madden Mental Health Center, and has been instrumental in ensuring that both hospitals are optimally equipped with their COVID needs.

Amy Fun Facts:

  • She was born "Mikyung Pak" in South Korea and adopted by her American family at the tender age of 5 when she moved to Pennsylvania.
  • Her son just began his medical residency at the University of Chicago .
  • She is an avid swimmer, chocoholic, loves sci-fi movies, and has a rescued Pit Lab mix named Mack.

We are fortunate to have such dedicated and talented professionals like Amy supporting our patients and facilities.

Thank you,


Grace B. Hou

Secretary, IDHS