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.

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Watkinson Named Nurse of the Year by National Hemophilia Foundation

Congratulations to Karla Watkinson, RN on receiving the Nurse of the Year Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation!

Nominated by Tami Bullock, Karla has proven to be a great resource and pillar for the many individuals and families at the University of Iowa Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center for nearly 30 years. She is admired for her dedication and kindness to the bleeding disorder community.

The award will be officially presented at the NHF Bleeding Disorders Conference at the Marriott Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Congratulations, Karla!