Wagoner Receives YOU Make a Difference Award

Congratulations to Jan Wagoner, in Records Management, for her recent award.

“I called Jan to see if she would be available to get a disc made of photographs for a DCI agent (Department of Criminal Investigations) who was requesting them the same day, due to being in town. Jan was amazing and said she would do her best to get it done in a timely manner. She even dropped the disc off at my office so that I could meet the agent once I was available. Thank you so much Jan! The agent really appreciated it and so did I!”

Honor Walk Recognition

“I just wanted to give a quick staff shout-out. A patient in the PICU passed prior to me starting PICU nights this past week. She remained on the floor with her family for a few days after she was declared brain dead in preparation for her heroic organ donation. Her Honor Walk occurred in the middle of the night (around 4 AM) a night that I was working this past week. It was an amazing, touching, emotional and overall moving event to witness. I have never been apart of an Honor Walk before, and it was truly incredible. 

What made it even more special was the fact that multiple staff attendings (Dr. Misurac, Dr. Ebach, and Dr. Bola with Pain and Palliative) came in the middle of the night to be apart of it. Maybe this is a normal thing? – Of that I am not sure, but I still thought it was awesome. That night in particular, I really needed that reminder of why we all ultimately choose to go into peds/ medicine – you know, for the love for others, patient/ family connection, and to make a difference not only medically, but in people’s lives. I will never forget what I saw/ experienced in those moments. 

Anyway, just wanted to pass that along; In an uncertain and crazy time not only in the world, but in particular for this patient’s family and friends, it’s so reassuring that there are people like Dr. Misurac, Dr. Ebach, and Dr. Bola who are willing to be there for support, no matter when and where. 🙂

Dr. Bola even came back into the work room after the Honor Walk before she went back home to check in on me and Caroline, which was super nice. 😊”.

-Cari Natvig, PL-3

Van Arsdale Praises Colleagues

Brittany Van Arsdale shares her experience of the UI Health Care community coming together to provide support after the derecho:

“I have had so many coworkers check on my family and I, as we had significant damages to our home and property. The Division of Medical Genetics staff went far and beyond to make sure that our family was covered, including buying gas for our generator as we reached day 12 of no power. These co-workers are amazing, and there are no words to describe how thankful my family and I am to have them. Our community amazes me every single day. I am so thankful and grateful to work for UIHC.”

Patient Comments for Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Ciliberto (Neurology), Dr. Hong (Rheumatology), and Dr. Reinking (Cardiology) on some very nice patient comments lately:

“We had concerns about fluid on his head and multiple ER/phone consults said it was fine but I felt better after talking with Dr. Ciliberto, he ordered a second read/opinion & understood why we were concerned.”

“Dr. Hong was wonderful.  I felt she took the time to get all the information & carefully explain her thoughts & diagnosis.”

“Dr. Reinking is a wonderful Cardiologist and easy to talk to about the care for your child!”

Dr. Tsalikian to Present State of the Department Address

Dr. Eva Tsalikian, Professor and Interim Chair of the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics; and Physician-in-Chief of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital will present the annual State of the Department Address on Friday, September 4 from 12:00-1:00 via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

The Zoom link will be sent out the day before.

New Publication for Dr. Staber

Congratulations to Dr. Staber on her newest article published in the American Journal of Hematology.

Jaffray J, Staber JM, Malvar J, Sidonio R, Haley KM, Stillings A, et al. Laboratory misdiagnosis of von Willebrand disease in post‐menarchal females: A multi‐center study. Am J Hematol. 2020;95:1022–1029.

“This was a large effort from the Foundation for Women and Girl with Blood Disorders: Learning Action Network. I am the Research Chair for this group.” – Dr. Staber

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 (tami-pollari@uiowa.edu; VoalteMe, or 319-353-7870).