2019 Legacy Awards
Arnold E. Andersen, MD began his illustrious career as a psychiatrist overseeing the John Hopkins eating disorder treatment center for fifteen years. Upon moving to Iowa, Dr. Andersen initiated the extensive eating disorders programs at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and held the role of Medical Director. Dr. Andersen is emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa, College of Medicine. He is considered a leading authority in the area of eating disorders and has appeared on national television programs and in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The New York Times. Dr. Andersen’s career continues to focus on integrating medication management with psychotherapy. His passion for recovery from eating disorders is evident in books he has co-authored such as:. He conducted significant clinical research and published countless articles detailing cutting-edge data, for providers around the country, on subjects such as: Anorexia Nervosa in the Male: an Under diagnosed Disorder and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Bulimia Nervosa: Effects of Treatment.
Colleague Dr. Philip Mehler shared his top ten reflections of Dr. Andersen:
1) He is truly an iconic figure in this field.
2) He is known for his good sense of humor.
3) Indefatigability- incapable of becoming fatigued, tireless.
4) His modesty only partially obscures his zeal for excellence.
5) Willing to outwork others without seeking attention for it.
6) He speaks in chiseled aphorisms-- using short phrases, which expresses a true or wise idea.
7) He has an uncanny ability to slice through the extraneous.
8) His stolidity, appearing indifferent, can mask his brilliance and his librarian type mind.
9) He was the first person to impel me to write the first medical book on eating disorders back in 1995> when he came to my room at an AED meeting in New York City and told me the field really needed the resource. He was co-editor for the book: Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care and Complications, which is currently in its third edition
10) He has a great and unwavering devotion to his children and to the basic tenets of a life lived well
Leigh Cohn, Founding editor of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention and Retired publisher of Gurze
Books shared the following reflections:
Arnold and I collaborated on two books: Stories I Tell my Patients and
Making Weight: Men’ s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape, and Appearance additionally, we co-authored more than 100 journal articles.
His writing combines vast knowledge, legendary wisdom, and an eclectic imagination; but like all authors, his flow of consciousness sometimes needed editing. Over the nearly 40-year span of my career as an editor and publisher, Arnold is the most amenable author I’ve ever encountered. He writes with the soul of an artist, but without attachment; so, he was always generous in trusting me to do as much or as little rewriting I felt necessary.
Despite his prominence in the eating disorders field, I’ve seen him countless times interacting with audiences of internationally known colleagues, as well as beginning students with the same kind of openness and honesty. His contributions to Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention were enormous and essential to its success. Working on the journal together for 25 years gave me the opportunity to indulge in Arnold’s depth of character and gain a dear friend, whom I will always love and admire. While gathering information for tonight’s award we were struck by the reality that in addition to the many, many contributes Dr. Andersen has made to the literary resources, he has personally treated and followed the recovery of thousands of severely medically ill eating disorders patients throughout his career working for hospitals. In fact, he continues to see patients through his outpatient practice. Tonight The Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa is humbled to honor Dr. Arnold Andersen a Legacy Award for his unquantifiable contributions in the field of eating Disorders—His Award reads: Legacy Award Dr. A. Andersen, for inspiring recovery in Iowa.
Please join EDCI in congratulating Dr. Arnold E. Andersen on his legacy.
Joyce Feddersen initially began her career as a nurse; recognizing her intuitive gifts around building rapport with people, she began the journey toward a new career path. While balancing family life as a wife and mother of four young girls, she returned to school completing a master of Social work. Colleague, Paula McManus , offers: in 1985, Joyce was hired as the first Program Director for the Inpatient Eating Disorders Unit at Iowa Lutheran Hospital- an amazing, patient-focused, holistic and effective treatment for individuals and their families. She goes on to say, the inclusion of the family and significant other in the education and treatment that was provided during treatment was impressive!
Drawing on both her nursing and counseling background, Joyce inspired patients to work toward recovery as well as instilled the hope of recovery in their families. Additionally, Joyce ignited a passion for eating disorder work in countess professionals. Joyce was referred to as a "breath of fresh air". She was friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable; a definite role model in the field.
Iowa Methodist Medical Center hired Joyce in 1990 where her support groups focused on divorce recovery and self-esteem enhancement. While working with divorcing families, Joyce’s heart broke for the children. Seeing a need to protect them, in 1994 Joyce developed a program called Children in the Middle to assist parents in Polk County to recognize the impact their conflict has on their children. With Joyce’s extraordinary efforts as well as judicial & legal support, a law was proposed and passed mandating parental participation in Children in the Middle, for all divorces in Iowa, involving minor children.
EDCI co-founder Carrie Leiran, counts herself as a professional whose career has been inspired by Joyce’s work.
I first met Joyce in 1985 as an employee at Iowa Lutheran Hospital when the current Eating Disorder Unit dietitian asked me to stop by the unit. I was immediately drawn to her warmth and compassion.
When I joined the Eating Disorder Unit in 1988, Joyce was my director. She developed innovative programming, instilled the need to work as a team, provided my first training in eating disorder recovery and taught us all so very much about life. Her words echo in my ears, "Food isn't the issue, just a symptom". She continues to be one of the most skilled individual, family and group therapists with whom I have worked.
Joyce is one of the most compassionate women I've met. During development of Ruth Harbor - a home for young, single expecting mothers -we had lunch and I brainstormed the likely needs the house would face. With the same compassion she used to develop the eating disorder unit, Joyce shared her wisdom. She was the foundational therapist when the doors of the first house opened and just after an intensive back surgery, was front and center as the doors of the second home opened this year.
She continues to remain involved in eating disorder recovery serving as an outstanding mentor to many, many professionals. Joyce, is truly a woman of Compassion and Mercy.
Mark McDougal, executive director of the Des Moines Ruth Harbor shares the following thoughts about Joyce:
Ruth Harbor has a special relationship with this evening’s honoree. In the late 90’s when the 3 founders organized a family-oriented home to serve young women impacted by an unplanned pregnancy not only was she the first counselor/caseworker to the young clients, she coached leadership to develop the initial policy and procedures. Over the years, she has continued to be a source of help and service despite the fact that she has “retired from her work with us” -at least twice!
She has helped us comply with State licensing requirements by providing Counseling Oversight, connected us with other professionals in the community for help, served as a mentor for staff members, and provided consulting and support when called upon.
Personally, Joyce has been a mentor and friend – available and willing to provide counsel and feedback on a variety of issues; even willing to discuss difficult questions for the good of those we serve.
Joyce, on behalf of Ruth Harbor, the young women you have served directly, the staff, leadership team, and my wife and I, thank you… for your friendship, for your heart, and for living out your faith in service – to so many!
In 2011, The Iowa Business Record recognized Joyce for her professional achievements naming her as a “Women of Influence”.
Retirement has not slowed Joyce’s impact on those in need; as a registered nurse, filling in part-time for area hospitals and volunteering at back to school programs. Joyce and her husband of 62 years, John, started a Marriage and Parenting program at their church. She is enjoying spending more time with their four daughters, 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
The Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa is humbled to honor Joyce tonight.
Her award reads: Legacy Award, Joyce Feddersen, for inspiring hope in Iowans
Please join EDCI in celebrating Joyce’s Legacy!