New Baby!

Congratulations to Cody Ching, MHA, Associate Clinical Department Administrator, and his wife Erin Olufs, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, on the birth of their new son, Malcolm Olufs Ching.

Malcolm was born Sunday, January 12, 2020, weighing 7 lbs 10 oz. All the family is doing well.

Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon Funding Opportunities Now Available

Children’s Miracle Network and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Discretionary Gift Fund requests for 2020 are open. Submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 14. Visit “Funding Requests, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital” under “Administration and Staff” on The Point.

Research Applications: This funding opportunity is seeking high risk/high reward innovative research projects to advance/improve stem cell transplantation and/or immunotherapies for pediatric cancer patients. Both basic science and clinical intervention development projects are eligible.  

Individuals who were awarded funding for a research project in 2019, are not eligible for a renewal.  The instructions are attached to submit a new application.

Note:  As with all Pediatric Research Applications, please submit an internal Grant Submission Checklist along with your application to: If you have any questions, please contact:  Angi Roemerman or call (319) 678-8876.

Non-Research Applications: The UI Dance Marathon Allocations NEW Application can be found here.  If you have not been funded by Dance Marathon in the past year, please submit this new application by February 14th

Renewal applications: The UI Dance Marathon Allocations RENEWAL Application can be found here.  If you currently have a project funded through this committee, please submit this renewal application by February 14th


Chavez Publishes on Clerkship Administrator Certificate Program

Cathy Chaves, administrator of the Pediatrics Clerkship for medical students, was recently a contributing author on a paper in Medical Education Online about the clerkship administrator certificate program. This article provides an overview of the program, how it has been evaluated, and how it continues to evolve.

Donnita Pelser, Cathy Chavez, Lindsey Allison, Virginia Cleppe & Gary L. Beck Dallaghan (2020). Professional development for clerkship administrators: a 16-year overview of the clerkship administrator certificate program. Medical Education Online, 25:1, DOI: 10.1080/10872981.2019.1710327.

Way to go, Cathy!

Transition to University Shared Services for Financial Transactions

We are excited to announce the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics will officially partner with University Shared Services (USS) to standardize financial related functions including purchasing, travel, and reimbursement effective February 1, 2020.

Currently, there are more than 120 faculty and staff engaging in over 14,000 transactions per year in the Department.  The inconsistency in our process along with the large volume of transactions can lead to delays in reimbursement, auditing errors, and increased risk. The decision to partner with USS will allow us to streamline financial transactions, reduce processing timelines, and allow faculty and staff to focus on other activities related to our clinical, education, and research missions.

USS will assign two highly trained representatives to process our transactions.  Both Representatives (below) will be located within our central administrative offices in BT 2000 and provide the following scope of services:

In Scope (handled by USS)

  • Procurement Card reconciliation
  • Travel Expense Vouchers (TEV)
  • eBuy requisitions
  • eVouchers
  • pReqs

Out of Scope (remains with Department faculty/staff)

  • Travel arrangements and trip creation
  • Procurement Card purchases
  • Lab and research purchases

Additional information will be provided by your Division’s Administrative support staff. The attached cheat sheet can also be useful in learning how to utilize USS.

Pham Named Finance Manager for the Department

We are pleased to announce that Phuong Pham has been promoted to Finance Manager in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. She has been serving as the interim Finance Manager since October 1, 2019 and will assume her new position immediately.  As Finance Manager, Phuong will oversee all areas of finance, including financial reporting, research, clinical trials, budgeting, and department fund flows.

Phuong joined the Department in December 2016 as a Senior Financial Analyst. In her role, she was responsible for collaborating with the Finance Manager multiple functions, including financial reporting, budget development, and assisting with the Departmental incentive plan. Previously, Phuong served as a Financial Analyst in central finance with UI Health Care overseeing and preparing Medicare cost reports, Tricare reimbursement reports, and assisting with Medicaid audits. 

Prior to joining the University, Phuong held multiple roles in the Finance Departments at both New Pioneer Coop and Frontier Coop as a Certified Public Accountant. 

Phuong received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Please join us in congratulating Phuong!

John M. Heinemann, MHA, MPH; Interim Clinical Department Administrator

Staff Spotlight – Osamah Aldoss, MBBS, MD

Dr. Aldoss is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology.

I’m in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Director of the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory; and Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program. I have been at UI for 6 years.

I have 3 kids (1 boy and 2 girls), and I like to play soccer.

Staff Spotlight – Carol Flansburg, MA, ANRP, CPNP

Carol is a pediatric nurse practitioner in the NICU.

I am a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and have worked at the University of Iowa for 38 years! I have held numerous positions, Staff Nurse, Night Supervisor, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Assistant Nurse Manager, and Nurse Manager.

My husband Rex is a retired plumber, now avid golfer. I have 3 daughters: Tamara (38) is in her first year as a school counselor after spending many years teaching Spanish and coaching cross country & track at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. She & her husband Keith have 2 children Charlotte (2 1/2) and Landon (2). Tara (36) is a pharmacist and is the DIrector of Business Development at Genoa Healthcare. She and her husband Jake live in Lakeville, MN with their daughters Frankie (5) and Annie (3). Christy (31) is an accountant at Murken Thompson in Swisher. She & her husband Justin have 1 son Dewey Ryan (1).

In my free time I like to travel, sew, exercise, read, babysit grandkids, play games, spend time with family.

My dream job is my current position in the NICU (minus the weekends and holidays)! I am fortunate to be part of a nurse practitioner team consisting of some of the smartest and most dedicated women I know. I cannot think of another career that could be more important or more satisfying.

Most fascinating places I’ve visited? I loved both Hawaii and Alaska!

I love the Hawkeyes, and my favorite movie is Gone with the Wind. Favorite book is Where the Crawdads Sing.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be for 1. For all children to be raised in safe, loving homes. 2. A cure for cancer. 3. For my children to continue to be the happy, good people they are today!

Fun fact: Inspired by my daughters, I started running in my 50’s and completed 6 half marathons.

Staff Spotlight – Danielle Rios, MD

Dr. Rios is Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Neonatology.

I am a neonatologist and work in the NICU during my clinical time. I am also a clinical researcher and have devoted my time to improving outcomes for the most extremely premature infants. I just started here at UI Healthcare on October of this year and am excited to get to know more about my colleagues.

I am engaged to Mark Troutt who is a consultant for oil & gas IT. He grew up in Houston and I grew up in a small town in Arizona. We relocated here from Houston (Go Astros!!).

My favorite thing to do is to travel to new places and experience other cultures. In my free time, I like to read and spend time with friends and family. Currently, all my free time is taken up by furnishing and decorating our new house.

Currently at the top of my favorite places to visit is Greece and specifically Santorini (though all of it was amazing). A close second is Maui where we try to visit often (it helps that it is closer).

My favorite type of food is Sonoran style Mexican food (mostly found in AZ and CA) but I also love Italian food in general and restaurants with homemade pasta.

Fun fact: I love music and I learned to play 5 different instruments as I was growing up. My two favorites were the piano and flute, which I haven’t played for far too long. I am currently attempting to convince my fiancé that we should buy a piano for the house (I kept my flute so I still have that).

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.”