Dr. Paternostro Receives Positive Patient Comments

Congratulations to Dr. Paternostro (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics) on receiving a pair of very positive comments from families recently.

“Jena is so amazing. My daughter is a very shy, difficult to open up and Jena has helped her to work on her emotional needs. Jena has been helpful as a parent giving ideas and books that will help improve the outcome of our daughter. Thank you!”

And also:

“When the nursing/MA staff was busy rooming patients, Jena just came and got us to prevent a long wait time. This was much appreciated.”

Garton Receives “You Make a Difference” Award

Congratulations to Seth Garton, MS, RCEP, an Exercise Physiologist in pediatric cardiology for a recent You Make a Difference award as nominated by a patient’s family. From the nomination:

“On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, I had a scare at home with [our daughter] as we didn’t know her pacemaker was malfunctioning. We called UIHC and cardiology dept to see what needed to do and got all our answers. Mark Olsen told us to get [her] out here ASAP. So I did. I was so scared. But when I got here, they took her back and were so good to her even when she was scared. They comforted me and [our daughter] the whole time. But the really scary part was in the elevator coming back from the chest x‐ray when she had a spell and he was right there and comforted [our daughter] and made sure she was ok and not scared. He walked slowly beside her as I pushed the wheelchair she was in and made sure he had his hands ready to catch her while walking backwards. He’s an amazing young man that will do Great and Amazing things for this hospital and any adventures he pursues! [We] thank you so very much!”

Drs. Cooper-Brown and O’Brien Receive Stellar Patient Feedback

Dr. Linda Cooper-Brown and Dr. Matt O’Brien

Linda Cooper-Brown and Matt O’Brien from the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics received some amazing feedback from a parent who adopted an infant with Down Syndrome and felt the help provided by Drs. Cooper Brown and O’Brien was life-changing.

“After receiving a holiday card, I just wrote a check to the University of Iowa but it didn’t feel like enough. How can a monetary amount express the gratitude I feel for the institution that saved my daughter’s life on more than one occasion? Beyond that, it’s an institution that has supported us throughout every step of her development. You see, my husband and I adopted an infant (Josie) with Down syndrome. Her adoption was inspired by my sister, Leanne, who also has Down syndrome. The unforeseen components of her adoption were her surgical needs (cardiac caths, VSD repair, g tube placement), chronic lung disease (multiple hospitalizations to treat respiratory distress) and eventual behavioral needs. The practitioners involved in Josie’s care are too numerous to list but we are forever grateful to each and every one; in fact, I have an “I believe in Miracles – U of IA Children’s Hospital” license plate frame on my car. However, I would like to take a moment to highlight what is an invaluable resource at the University of Iowa that deserves far more recognition, funding, and accolades: The CDD Behavioral Psychology Department.

Upon placement of her g-tube, Josie lost her instinct to eat orally; a common challenge with g-tube dependent children. We tried everything to teach her to eat but nothing worked. Eventually, we found ourselves in Dr. Linda Cooper-Brown’s intensive feeding clinic. Oral food consumption – a skill we had worked on for two years to no avail – was a skill that Josie acquired within two weeks of seeing Dr. Cooper-Brown. It was a miracle! Nearly two years later, we found ourselves living in North Dakota and suddenly Josie refused to eat orally and we reverted back to g-tube dependence. I made a desperate phone call to Dr. Cooper-Brown and we took a pilgrimage back to the University of Iowa, where Josie’s feeding issues were corrected within a week.

Fast forward to Josie’s Kindergarten year when she experienced a sudden onset of autism symptoms including self-injurious behaviors: I called Dr. Cooper-Brown. She welcomed us back to her clinic and introduced us to Dr. Wacker and Dr. O’Brien. With their professional expertise, we were equipped with the tools we needed to eliminate Josie’s self-injurious behaviors and encourage positive behaviors, growth, and development, both at home and at school.

We recently returned to see Dr. Cooper-Brown and Dr. O’Brien to check in and discuss strategies for handling challenging behaviors going forward. Even on my hardest days with Josie, I feel comfort and support knowing that the CDD Behavioral Psychology team is just a phone call/MyChart message away. That peace of mind is invaluable.

I have documented our journey on our Down syndrome blog: http://www.confessionsofthechromosomallyenhanced.com/2014/03/freedom-from-g-tube-dependency-part-2.html and Instagram account @CatfishWithKetchup. I have fielded many questions and referred numerous parents to the CDD Behavioral Psychology team because I believe this resource is life-changing and I hope that more people can become aware and take advantage of it.

If I could express my gratitude for the impact that Dr. Cooper-Brown and Dr. O’Brien have made on our lives and return the favor, I would be privileged to have the opportunity. This is why I am compelled to write this testimony. Thank you for the incredible work that you do. And please continue to offer a comprehensive care plan for all patients so that they know that throughout any hardship in their journey, the University of Iowa has a resource and is a valuable support.”

Two Epic Upgrades Coming in December

There are two important Epic upgrades coming in December.

  • December 7 – 2019 System Upgrade
    • The next system update to Epic goes live December 7th at 1:00 AM. Check out the Epic Report Support Site for a full deck of upgrade slides.
    • Beginning October 28, providers can also begin practicing with the new Epic layouts and features in the Epic Playground.
    • There will be drop-in help days established in the near future so any provider can drop-in and get some help with the new updates, as needed.
  • December 17 – MyChart Proxy Access update
    • UI Health Care has decided to provide parents and legal guardians with full access to their child’s information via MyChart up until 14. At that point, they can continue to view their child’s MyChart account, but with a limited level of access to information. They can print immunization records, send messages to clinic staff, and pay bills. Additionally, parents and legal guardians always have access to any portion of their child’s medical record to which they are legally entitled. They can request this information via MyChart or in a letter addressed to Health Information Management Department.
    • This change from full to limited access in MyChart for parents and legal guardians when the child turns age 14 will go into effect on December 17, 2019.
    • Additionally, if the patient has a long-term chronic illness, we have now created a new type of MyChart Parental/Legal Guardian (Unrestricted) Access.  This allows providers to grant full parental/legal guardian access after the child turns 14 years old.  This access is good for one year and needs to be renewed annually if appropriate.  Providers will need to have private conversations with both the patient and parent/legal guardian before access can be granted. 
    • Additional resources can be found here or here.

Dr. Hong Receives Praise for Patient Care

Congratulations to Dr. Sandy Hong (Rheumatology) for a recent positive comment from a patient’s family!

“In 2014, we noticed that Lia’s knees were very swollen. She was having trouble running, going up and down stairs, and had quite a limp when she walked. We took her to our pediatrician who referred us to Dr. Hong at UI Children’s Hospital. Lia also lives with heart disease and has endured 3 open heart surgeries, so we were quite nervous to add yet another diagnoses to her health issues. Dr. Hong determined that Lia had rheumatoid arthritis and began treatment right away. Now, at age 7, we can happily say that Lia’s arthritis is in remission. There is no cure for arthritis, so she continues to be monitored.    

Dr. Hong always takes time to talk with us and make sure we understand everything going on with Lia. We are so thankful for the good care we received at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital!”

Glowing Patient Comment for Dr. Rebecca Weiner

One of the newest faculty members, Dr. Rebecca Weiner in Pulmonary Medicine, received a glowing patient comment recently. Well done, Dr. Weiner!

“Dr. Weiner was fabulous! she spent a lot of time with us, asking questions to really understand our child. She included us in the treatment plan and considered his whole well being not just his asthma.”

Dr. Kate Robb Joins the Division of Critical Care

Please welcome Dr. Katharine Robb to the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.

Dr. Robb received her BS from University of Wisconsin 2005. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa in 2012. Dr. Robb completed both her pediatric residency and critical care fellowship training at the University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics from 2012-2018. Subsequently, she recently completed fellowship training in Cardiac Intensive Care and ECMO at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, United Kingdom. She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in Critical Care.

Dr. Robb will attend on both of the PICU inpatient teams, share on-call responsibilities, participate in teaching and educational activities within the Department and to help continue the development of the Critical Care program in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Robb back to the Department, University, and the community!

Meet the New Child Life Manager, Jodi Bauers

Ms. Jodi Bauers, MM, CCLS, CPI! joined the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital team as Manager, Child Life Program on June 24, 2019.

Jodi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Leisure Studies (therapeutic recreation emphasis) from the University of Iowa in 1991. She completed graduate studies at Aquinas College, receiving her Masters of Management degree in 2012.

Jodi brings to Iowa extensive and diverse experience in the Child Life profession as a leader, educator, and children’s health care professional. This includes over 11 years as Manager, Child Life Services at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Additionally, Jodi’s professional practice has been informed by experience at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and most recently, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Actively involved at the national level in the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP), Jodi currently serves on the Volunteer Recognition and Engagement and Leadership Development Mentor committees.

  • Office: 22130-C [Level 2] SFCH
  • Phone: 319-356-4469
  • Email: jodi-bauers@uiowa.edu