Staff Spotlight – Cynthia Waters, ARNP, NNP

Cynthia is an ARNP in the NICU.

I’m a nurse practitioner in the NICU. I’ve worked at UIHC since 1993 and in the NICU since 1995. Within the NICU, I have worked as a bedside RN, an Assistant Manager and now as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for the past 10 years.

In my free time, I enjoy culinary events, reading, and attending theatre events. I’m also a two time U of I alumni and avid Hawkeye fan, so love to attend Hawkeye sporting events.

My favorite restaurants in Iowa City are Basta and Orchard Green.

My favorite book of all time is “The Thorn Birds” and the movie version of the book.

I have been a resident of Iowa City since 1987. I also have a MBA in Healthcare.

Dr. Conrad Instrumental in Dyslexia Legislation

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Conrad for her efforts on the Iowa Dyslexia Taskforce, whose work just helped to pass SF23565, which was recently passed by the Iowa legislature and signed by Governor Reynolds into law.

The bill outlines requirements for teacher preparation and licensure, requests support staff knowledgeable in dyslexia be hired at AEA’s (pending funding yet), and establishes a Dyslexia Board to assist in implementing supports for students with characteristics of dyslexia.

D’Alessandro Selected to New Academy with the APA

Congratulations to Dr. Donna D’Alessandro (General Pediatrics) on her selection as an inaugural faculty member of the National Academy of Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics (NADEP) through the Academic Pediatrics Association (APA).

The NADEP recognizes national experts in pediatric education, using a rigorous selection process and creates a program of consultation, mentoring, and speaking activities.

Pham Welcomes New Baby Boy

Congratulations to Phuong Pham, Finance Manager for the Department on the birth of her new baby boy. He was born unexpectedly early at 31 weeks, 5 days, and will likely spend the next 2 months or so in the NICU.

However, Phuong states he doing great, and she and her husband are doing well. She states, “We don’t have a name for him yet- everything happened so fast that we still can’t  believe it…. I plan to take the next 2-3 weeks off but I still plan to approve work flow, respond to emails, and will assist Lori and Cindy to complete Salary Posting and Budget. Please don’t hesitate so email me if you have questions.”

So more to come, but congratulations to Phuong and her family on their newest addition!

Leadership Transitions in the Department

John Heinemann will be stepping down from his position as Clinical Department Administrator after being appointed to a new position in Hospital Administration.  In his new role, John will be working closely with all Department Chairs, hospital leaders, and other stakeholders on a wide range of initiatives to broaden strategic alignment for UI Health Care.  While his last day in the Department will be Friday, June 12th, there will be a longer transition period in place to ensure the process is as seamless as possible. 

In the interim, Cody Ching, will be serving as our Clinical Department Administrator. He will oversee the day-to-day operations in pediatrics and ensure the continuation of our projects and strategic priorities. In addition, Jacque Meierotto will be appointed to serve as Assistant Administrator on an interim basis.  She will assume responsibilities previously held by John and Cody to better support Division and Departmental operations.