Staff Emergency Fund for Derecho Recovery

The UI Health Care Staff Emergency Fund (SEF) provides limited financial assistance for those impacted by the August 10, 2020, derecho. Funds granted to you may be counted as income and may be subject to federal and state taxes.

This specific fund is dedicated to employees whose employment does not require student status.

The SEF is made possible through the support of the Vizient Foundation.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a currently employed, active, UIHC staff member
  • Have full or part-time continuous employment for at least 3 months prior to the date you apply
  • Have experienced a significant financial hardship because of damage caused by the August 10, 2020, weather event
  • Have an annual base salary (equivalent to 100% FTE) of $75,000 or less
  • Awards will be limited to $250 per household
  • The deadline for application is Sept. 21, 2020

Given the limited amount of funds, not all requests will be granted even though there may be a clear need for assistance. Awards will be made until the funds are exhausted, so qualifying employees are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Employees separating from university employment are ineligible.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Staff Emergency Fund – Derecho Recovery Workflow form at: (you may need to copy and paste link into your browser). Be sure to verify that the information is valid and accurate.
  2. You will be required to attach copies of bills related to the hardship, insurance filings, and a relevant photo illustrating the loss to the Workflow form.  Other documentation may be requested during the application process.
  3. You may be contacted by Human Resources staff to review the application and to discuss other resources or services.
  4. You will be notified by HR of approval or denial after your completed application and supporting documents are received and reviewed.
  5. If your application is approved, disclosure of your Social Security number (SSN) will be requested from you in order to process payment. Internal Revenue Service regulations require that the money be reported as income. Failure to provide your SSN may result in inability to release the funds. Payment will be made by direct deposit (if you have an established accounts payable ID in the UI system) or by check sent to the MAILING address you specify.

Note: If your application is found to contain misleading or false information it will be invalidated.

If you have questions or need to make alternate arrangements to submit your application, please email or call 319-356-2008.

Chair Search Update

Drs. Jackson and Winokur informed us that the final 2 candidates for chair have declined at this time. Because of COVID the recommendation from the search firm is to hold off the search for 6 months and reconsider at that time.

Dean Jackson is committed to a National search.

He emphasized that the candidates were enthusiastic about the state of the Department and their decision not to join at this time was personal.

Dean Jackson is encouraging us to continue the great work everyone is doing in the Department of Pediatrics. The Deans were appreciative for all the help the Department faculty had provided before and during the search.

Let me know if you have questions

Thank you

Dr. Eva Tsalikian, Professor and Interim Chair, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; and Interim Physician-in-Chief, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Parent Advisors Sought for SFCH Family Advisory Council

Since 1998, members of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council (FAC) have continued to serve as key partners in improving the quality, safety, and experience of care for pediatric patients and their families.

We are actively seeking new parent advisors to serve on FAC. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive membership, including severity/complexity of illness, race, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality, age, (dis)ability, military/veteran status, political perspective, or associational preferences.

Your recommendations for parents to serve as advisors on FAC are appreciated!

FAC Membership Information:

  • Must be a parent or other adult family member of children who are current patients (inpatient or outpatient) at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital
  • Interested and eligible family members may be invited to submit a formal application and participate in an interview as part of the final FAC selection process
  • New members are required to participate in an orientation session prior to the first meeting
  • Meetings are held every six weeks or so via Zoom; Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Qualifications for membership – Parent advisors must be able to:

  • Support UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s mission of excellence in pediatric patient care, education and research
  • Demonstrate compassionate interpersonal skills at meetings. This includes the ability to actively listen to others, contribute to council meetings and activities in a positive manner, as well as collaborate with other advisors and hospital staff whose perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, and communication styles may differ from your own
  • Think globally about issues/priorities considered by Council.
  • Effectively partner with faculty and staff to positively impact the health care experience (outcomes, quality, safety, overall experience of care) for children and families at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
  • Commit to serving a two-year term of service and participate in a minimum of six council meetings/year.

Please share your recommendations no later than Tuesday, September 8th to Tami Pollari (; VoalteMe, or 319-353-7870).

Norris Named Permanent Division Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes

I’m happy to announce Dr. Andrew Norris as the permanent Division Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes beginning July 1, 2020. He had been interim Division Director since July 2019.

Dr. Norris received his MD and PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Washington University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed his Pediatric internship and residency from 1997‐2000 at the University of Iowa, followed by his Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship from 2000‐2003 at Children’s Hospital Boston. From 2003‐2005 he was an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, before starting at the University of Iowa in 2005. He has been Professor of Pediatrics and of Biochemistry since 2018.

Aside from being an active clinician, an excellent teacher and mentor, Dr. Norris has been a productive investigator that has focused in the study of the root causes of cystic fibrosis‐related diabetes, early life programming of type 2 diabetes risk, fatty acid metabolism and insulin action, and the bioinformatic study of common metabolic diseases. He has published extensively and has received numerous R01 awards through the NIH and remains a prolific scholar. Dr. Norris is also Associate Director of the Fraternity of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Norris to his permanent role within the Department.

–Eva Tsalikian, MD Professor and Interim Chair, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

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.

Dr. McNamara Named Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care

The Department is happy to announce Dr. Patrick McNamara, Division Director for the Division of Neonatology, has been named Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care for the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics effective May 1, 2020.

Dr. McNamara received his MB, BCh, BAO in 1993 from Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland. From 1993-1997 he was a House Officer in hospitals in Derry, Belfast, and Antrim, Ireland; and from 1997-2001 served as a Specialist Registrar in Neonatal Medicine and General Pediatrics in Essex and London, England, while obtaining his MSc from the University of London in 1999. From 2001-2003 he completed a fellowship in Neonatology Transport in the Department of Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Upon graduation from fellowship, he became a clinician teacher (2003-2005) in the Division of Neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Assistant Professor (2003-2009) at the University of Toronto. While at the Hospital for Sick Children he also became a project investigator (2003-2009), and has also been a staff neonatologist there since 2003. In 2005 he became a clinician investigator in the Division of Neonatology, and in 2007 became Director of the Targeted Neonatal Echo Program in the Division of Neonatology. In 2008 he became a member of the Institute of Medical Services in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009. In 2009 he also became an Associate Scientist at the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children. From 2010-2011 he participated in an Executive Leadership Course in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In 2011 he became Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto, and in 2015 he was promoted to Professor in both the Departments of Paediatrics and Physiology at the University of Toronto.

Since his arrival at Iowa in June 2018, Dr. McNamara has been the Division Director of the Division of Neonatology. Under his leadership the NICU has continued to flourish and his leadership has been instrumental in developing a program in targeted neonatal echocardiography (TnECHO), the first of its kind in the country. He has also developed a TnECHO fellowship program and will begin its 2nd class of TnECHO fellows this July.

In his new role as Vice Chair for Inpatient Acute Care, Dr. McNamara will provide visionary oversight of inpatient clinical program, advise the Chair and Department leadership on all matters related to inpatient clinical activities within the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, oversee Department efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care delivery; oversee Department efforts in the inpatient areas of quality assurance, outcomes, patient safety, and Joint Commission compliance; and assist in fostering educational and research activities in the inpatient care environments.

Please join the Department in welcoming Dr. McNamara to his new role!

First Joins the Department as Senior Financial Analyst

Cindy First joined the Finance team on May 6th as a Senior Financial Analyst.

Before joining the University of Iowa Healthcare, Cindy worked as a Financial and System Analyst at Waypoint Services, a non-profit organization.  She also worked for AEGON (aka Transamerica) for 20 years before serving as a Senior Financial Analyst for Collins for 5 years.  Cindy has a daughter, Keegan, who has been accepted directly into the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Keegan will start the program at the University of Iowa this Fall so Cindy plans to relocate from Cedar Rapids to the Coralville area with her yellow lab (Nala), long haired chihuahua (Rico), and a cat (Taz).

Please welcome Cindy to the Department!

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.