Current Projects

  • Focusing on continuity of care to ensure the needs of patients and families are met
  • Concentrating on making the electronic medical record user-friendly, streamlined, and patient- and family-centered
  • Addressing amenity needs of families such as parking and meals
  • Improving the variety of therapies offered to patients
  • Expanding the Child Life program
  • University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital's visibility and pediatric outreach
  • Addressing issues of race and poverty among patients and staff


  • Created in 1998, the Family Advisory Council gives families a voice in hospital policies and operations
  • Instituted train-the-trainer sessions for hospital faculty and staff on the principles of family-centered care
  • Created tools to help families communicate and advocate more effectively, including easier to read forms, white boards in patient rooms, etc.
  • Facility design volunteers helped with unit renovations and handicap accessible playground design
  • Revised the hospital family guides in all inpatient rooms
  • Advocated for and effectively partnered with administration to create a full-time staff position dedicated to advancing the principles of patient- and family-centered care throughout UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital
  • Developed an A La Carte food menu in partnership with Food and Nutrition Services
  • Added patient- and family-centered care training to pediatric residents' orientation
  • Created UI Children's Family as Faculty program