Office of the Chief Medical Officer

Office of the Chief Medical Officer Biographies

Theresa Brennan, MD, FACC
Chief Medical Officer

Theresa M. H. Brennan received her medical degree from Northwestern University FeinbergBrennan~Teresa 2012 4 School of Medicine in 1992.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency, cardiology fellowship, and interventional cardiology fellowship training at the University of Iowa.  Her clinical interests include prevention of cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular disease in women, treatment of peripheral arterial disease, and interventional cardiology.

She has been CMO of UI Hospitals and Clinics since July 2011 and in this role she oversees CQSPI (Clinical Quality Safety and Performance Improvement), Operations Excellence, the Office of the Patient Experience, the Clinical Staff Office, and other hospital based programs including: the Hospitalist Program, Palliative Care, and Documentation Improvement.   The CMO works closely with the Physician Director for University of Iowa Physicians, the Clinical Department Chairs, the Chief of Staff, and Hospital Leadership (CNO, COOs, Chief Counsel, Compliance Officer, etc.) to strive to improve value for the patients, faculty, and staff.

Holly Kolfenbach, MHA, RT(R), CT
Quality and Operational Improvement Engineer

updated meHolly joined the team in April of 2015.  She received her Bachelor in Radiation Sciences from the University of Iowa and worked as a CT and X-ray tech for 7 years for UI Hospitals and Clinics and Iowa Health Des Moines before receiving her Master of Health Care Administration from Des Moines University.  Prior to joining the CMO office, she worked as an Epic trainer for Mercy Cedar Rapids and HR Specialist trainer for UI Health Care.  She is certified as a Professional Behavior Analyst by TTI Success Insights, qualified Harassment Prevention trainer by UI EOD, Board Certified ARRT- RT and CT, active ISRT, ASRT, and ACHE member, as well as a Credentialed Epic Trainer for Cadence, Nursing, Therapies, and Patient Care techs.  Her programming and software skills include: Tableau software, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Adobe Captivate, Microsoft Outlook, WordPress, Epic, ICON, UI Employee Self Service and SharePoint sites.

Holly is responsible for:

  • Facilitating and implementing quality and operational improvement initiatives for CMO-led projects.
  • Developing methods for data collection; collect and retrieve data; design and access databases for decision making.
  • Applying broad knowledge, best practices, and contemporary project management tools to produce desired improvement results.

In Holly’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe and their 2 sons, Jaxson and Tanner as well as her dog, Ernie. She loves to travel, Hawkeye sports, doing home improvements, shopping, and hanging out with friends.


Address: G255 GH
Phone: 319-384-9118

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I watch Ellen DeGeneres daily.  The stories she shares about normal, everyday people doing small acts of kindness and the incredible impact it has on their community, school, or family is very inspiring.  I try to incorporate small acts of kindness in my every day.  In a place as large as UI Health Care, those smalls acts are bound to change someone’s day.”

Kelly Noel-Roszell, BBA
Quality and Operational Improvement Engineer

Kelly joined the Office of the Chief Medical Officer team in January 2019. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Mount Mercy College. She worked for five years at Mercy Hospital as a Reimbursement Accountant and recovered monies due to the hospital from contracted payers before coming the University Of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in January 2008.  Prior to working in the CMO, she worked in the Business Intelligence Group as a Senior Financial Analyst before transferring to the Patient Access Center where she was the Director of the Quality Assurance and Reporting department. Kelly’s software skills include: Tableau, Microsoft Office including Excel and Access, SQL, EPIC, SharePoint, and other UIHC hospital specific software.

Kelly is responsible for:

  • Oversees the quality and data integrity of the Vizient data submission process
  • Assists hospital leaders to understand the data and to identify high impacting improvement opportunities and work with them to track progress of outcome metrics
  • Presents outcome of Q&A study to key stakeholders and committees
  • Develops performance benchmarks and conduct audits of the data
  • Creates reports for senior leadership by using Vizient vendor tools
  • Provides New User Training for Vizient members

In Kelly’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children and her spoiled golden doodle, Chase. She loves to travel, enjoys gardening, cooking, shopping, reading, hanging out with family and friends. Kelly loves to explore new places and check things off her bucket list.


Address: C440 GH
Phone: 319-467-7573

When asked, “What inspires you?”

What inspires me: I am inspired by happiness. Seeing true happiness on someone’s face whether it be from their smile or the bright shine in their eyes, is amazing. Happiness is infectious and should be passed on whenever possible. Life is hard and everyone struggles with daily challenges so I try to make eye contact and smile at every person I encounter throughout my day. If you can make one person happier for even just a small amount of time by just a simple smile, that is an awesome feeling.

Heidi Bodensteiner, MHSA, BA
HR Generalist

Heidi supports the HR functions for all the departments that report to the Chief Medical Officer. In her HR role she consults and collaborates with department directors and their staff on issues related to University HR policies and procedures, employee recruitment, performance management, compliance monitoring, leave and disability, employee engagement, and reward and recognition, just to name a few.

Heidi received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa and Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis. She has been employed at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since 1985 and has been performing in an HR capacity since 2005.

Heidi’s hobbies include gardening and working outside in the yard, volunteering on Saturday mornings for a local animal shelter and enjoying time with her family and friends.  She also enjoys crafting, cooking, and hanging out watching TV.


Address: CC405 GH
Phone: 319-356-7552

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I am inspired by people who overcome adversity and challenges to achieve their goals, who seek to continually learn and grow and stretch outside their comfort zone, who push themselves to raise the bar of personal excellence and integrity, and who strive to make a positive impact on the people within their sphere of influence. ”

Sam Mitchell, MFA, MA
Program Coordinator

Sam joined the team in February of 2017. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from James Madison University and her Master for Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. She has been with UI Health Care since 2015 and previously worked as the coordinator for the Patient Safety and Infection Prevention programs. Prior to joining UIHC she worked as an adjunct professor. Her software skills include Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suites, ICON, Dispatch, WordPress, and SharePoint sites.



Sam is responsible for:

  • Managing the following:
    • Executive Leadership Academy
    • New Provider Orientation & Resident Orientation
    • Medical Director & Physician Value Officer programs
    • PARS/CORS programs
  • Disseminating CMO based communications
  • Facilitating and implementing quality and operational improvement initiatives for CMO-led projects


Address: CC404 GH
Phone: 319-384-9289

When asked, “What inspires you?”

“I am inspired by the teamwork I see happening every day at UIHC, people working together to create positive changes for the fellow coworkers and our patients.”