TIAA Financial Consultants Are Available for Virtual Individual Meetings

I wanted to make sure you – and your employees – are aware that your local TIAA Financial Consultants continue to be available to meet with you to discuss your retirement plan and your investments.  The only difference is that these meetings are now being conducted over the phone or virtually through our web based meetings.  These meetings are secure and only you and the Financial Consultant will be in that virtual meeting room together.  

Above I have provided you with a copy of our schedules for both our University of Iowa meetings and our local Iowa City office meeting dates where our local Financial Consultants will be available to meet during the month of April. 

As you may know TIAA Financial Consultants meet with University of Iowa employees to help them with any questions they have with the University of Iowa retirement plans that they contribute to with TIAA.  These meetings are offered for no additional charge and are provided as a service to the University of Iowa and your employees.

If you would be willing to share this schedule with employees that you support we would be very appreciative.  The attached schedules include information on how to select and reserve a specific meeting time directly with TIAA – for anyone that wishes to do so.

Staff Spotlight – Jordan Lambert

Jordan is a Secretary II in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

I live in North Liberty with my fiancé Logan, cat Lulu, and dog Nala. Logan and I are both originally from the small eastern Iowa town of Monticello.

In my free time I like to spend time with my friends and family, taking my pets for walks, and I also love shopping!

My favorite sports team is the Iowa Hawkeyes! Both of my parents went to the University of Iowa so I grew up loving the hawks! I also graduated from The University of Iowa and now my younger sister is a student here as well.

Staff Spotlight – Stacy Crill, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC

Stacy is in the Division of Child and Community Health, Child Health Specialty Clinic, and works at the Ottumwa Regional Center and started October 1, 2018. I currently see children with special healthcare needs in Ottumwa. I provide tele health services for Spencer and Mason City. I am also the supervisor for the Fort Dodge center and provide tele health and travel there once per month.

I have been married to Erich Crill since 2001. We have 2 children, Jackson (14 years) and Alia (9 years). We recently bought a farm and have a cow/calf operation, field work includes corn, beans and hay and have chickens. Jackson is a child with special healthcare needs and has been my inspiration to pursue a career in this area.

In my free time I participate in church events, crafting, spending time with my niece and nephews, chasing after my own 2 children and helping on the farm.

My dream was to have a job working with children with special healthcare needs and I have found that. I do wish there was an easier way and faster way to complete documentation in order to see more patients.

My husband is a farmer so we don’t get very farm from home. I didn’t grow up farming and I have learned a lot and done things that I said I would never do. I would have to say that farm life is very fascinating.

My favorite restaurant is Texas Roadhouse or Buffalo Wild Wings.

I haven’t read a non school book for several years so that one is tough but I love the Pitch Perfect movies.

If I head 3 wishes, they would be: 1) health and happiness for my family 2) student loan forgiveness 3) to win the lottery.

Fun fact: When I was younger I participated in a singing quartet in the Bill Reilly talent show and advanced to state. That ship has sailed and I no longer sing in public.

Staff Spotlight – Meet Maureen Austin

Maureen is a Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator in the Division of Neurology.

I am new to the UI Healthcare system, and happy to be here.

My husband, Ron, and I moved to Iowa City from the Madison, Wisconsin area with our two sons and dog.  Our older son, Sam, is a sophomore at Iowa State University.  Ryan is our younger son, and is a senior at City High School.  Holly is our Golden Retriever.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, distance running, and reading.

My dream job would involve reading, and sampling chocolates.  It’s such a luxury to get lost in a good book!  And, who doesn’t like chocolate?  ; )

The most fascinating place that I have visited is the small country of Macedonia (in Southeast Europe).  My parents are natives and immigrated to the United States as very young adults.  My siblings and I had the privilege of accompanying our parents on their first return trip to their homeland in 2010. 

My favorite meal would have to include pasta.

The Chicago Cubs are my favorite sports team.

One of my favorite books is “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman.

If I had 3 wishes: 1)  I would want to live near my extended family members. 2)  I would be able to travel by teleporting (read one too many Harry Potter books). 3)  I wish that every child in this world would be made to feel that they are the center of someone’s world.

Neonatology Publications Nominated for Awards

Congratulations to two articles out of Neonatology that are up for awards.

The following article was selected as one of the 16 nominees for the 2019 Evidence-Based Neonatology (EBNEO) impact article of the year award, featuring Dr. Edward Bell, Dr. Tarah Colaizy, and Dr. Matt Rysavy (fellow) as contributors.

  • Jane E. Brumbaugh, MD; Nellie I. Hansen, MPH; Edward F. Bell, MD; Amaanti Sridhar, MS; Waldemar A. Carlo, MD; Susan R. Hintz, MD, MS … Tarah T. Colaizy, MD, MPH; … Matthew A. Rysavy, MD, PhD; et al. for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Outcomes of Extremely Preterm Infants With Birth Weight Less Than 400 g. JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(5):434-445. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0180.

The next article was nominated for Article of the Month for October 2019, which included Dr. John Dagle, Dr. Edward Bell, and Dr. Tarah Colaizy as contributors (and Patricia Watkins, a former fellow).

New Paper for Dr. Vanegas Calderon with Dr. Rahhal

Congratulations to Dr. Vanegas Calderon (PL-3) with Dr. Riad Rahhal (GI) for their recent publication in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice.

Cifra Receives New K08

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Cifra (Critical Care) on her new K08 award from the Department of Health and Human Services/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The award is for her project “Understanding Referral Community, the Diagnostic Process, and Diagnostic Error in Pediatric Critical Care“. The grant provides $439,588 over 3 years.

Cardiology and Genetics Combine to Solve Medical Mystery

“An 11-year-old boy playing baseball stops running, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. He cannot be resuscitated. One of his brothers survives a similar attack and no one can figure out why, until a medical team at the University of Iowa discovered an unknown genetic disorder.”

Charity Nebbe, from Iowa Public Radio’s Talk of Iowa podcast, talked with Dr. Ian Law (Cardiology) and Hannah Bombei, MS, CGC (Medical Genetics and Genomics) to discuss their years of testing and research to stop a disease plaguing an Iowa Mennonite family of eight.