Please Welcome Dr. Joyce Goins-Fernandez to the Department!

Dr. Goins-Fernandez received her BS in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2000. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Butler University/BehaviorCorp (a consortium) in 2009.  Next, she received her PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Iowa in 2012.  Upon graduation, Dr. Goins-Fernandez worked as an Adjunct Professor for Mount Mercy University and as a Research Associate for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics until 2014.  Most recently, Dr. Goins-Fernandez worked as a licensed Psychologist for the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, Assessment and Counseling Clinic.

We have recruited Dr. Goins-Fernandez for outpatient neuropsychology and psychology testing services. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Goins-Fernandez to the Department!

Department Receives $4.5 Million Gift

The Department received a generous gift of $4.5 million from the Jacobson Foundation based out of Des Moines. This gift from the Jacobson Foundation will create an endowed chair for the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics, as well as an additional Chair to be named, for $2 million apiece. The gift will also provide $500,000 to support training and recruitment of needed pediatric specialists for the state of Iowa.

UISFCH Named Certified Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation Program

The children’s hospital has been named a certified Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation Program – one of only 38 such programs across the nation. The program recognizes medical center providing high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.

Other newly accredited centers include University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Md.; Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Mich.; Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, Texas; and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A complete list of accredited centers is available on CCF’s website.

Department to Kick-Off Strategic Planning Initiative

The Department of Pediatrics has had remarkable success over the past decade in advancing our missions and pursuing our goal to be a world-class pediatric program. We are now initiating a multi-phase strategic planning process to set the vision, goals, and strategy for our department for the next decade. This process will afford us the opportunity to critically assess the progress we have made and determine where we need to go next in our pursuit of excellence. Our division and department leaders, including Division Directors, Vice Chairs and the Executive Leadership Team will drive this initiative.  Additionally, all staff will be invited to participate during one or more phases of the process.

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Stier Named Chief Wellness Officer

Dr. Amy Stier has been named Chief Wellness Officer in the Department of Pediatrics. In this role, Amy will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive wellness program to ensure a culture of individual value and respect that will improve faculty wellness. This will include addressing physician burnout. Amy is in the process of establishing a wellness committee to assist her in this role. Interested faculty are encouraged to contact her. Improving faculty well-being is a high priority for our department and this committee will report its findings and recommendations by the end of this fiscal year so that a wellness program can be implemented beginning next summer. Please welcome Amy to this new role.