Connect Newsletter (April 13, 2023)
April 13, 2023
Clarification About No Meetings Wednesdays
We hope you have seen some of our leaders out and about on a Wednesday visiting you. If not, just wait, you will soon!
In closing, the No Meetings Wednesdays model was designed to create positive connection opportunities between leaders and employees, and we do not want it to interfere or impact your workflow and deadlines.
“It’s been quite a journey”: Formerly Conjoined Twin AmieLynn Goes Home
In a joy-filled and emotional day, Cook Children’s on Wednesday announced to the news media that the whole family is together, in their own home, at last.
While twin JamieLynn went home on March 21, Amie stayed at the Cook Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to recover from a recent surgery to improve her chest incision and create more space for her heart, diaphragm and lungs. She left the hospital on April 7.
“With so many steps in their journey it reminds us how big and how great our Cook’s Children’s family is to help them achieve milestone after milestone,” Iglesias said. “I’m proud of the loving and attentive family and proud of an amazing team is probably the best summary I have,” said José Iglesias, M.D., FACS, Medical Director and Lead Surgeon at Cook Children’s.
Watch a video and read more about this historic surgery and the remarkable team that has cared for the twins here at Cook Children’s.
New CookNet Soft Launch Coming This Spring
We have some exciting news to share. Keep an eye out for the soft launch this spring of a new, more modern CookNet. Learn more about our new intranet, which will provide users with an enhanced look that will educate, engage, and empower you by delivering news and information that is fresh, accurate, and relevant.
VIDEO: Register for Workday Training
Sign up now to learn how to view your paycheck, submit expense reports and navigate Workday by completing the online training available via ULearn. The Workday platform is launching at Cook Children’s a few months from now, replacing Lawson. Every employee will be affected by the changeover. Benefits, purchase orders, inventory tracking, recruitment, job postings and much more will look different beginning in July.
Mask and Visitation Policy Updates
We want to thank all of you who have worked tirelessly to take care of our patients, their families and each other over the past three years. Throughout the pandemic, you’ve made every effort to keep everyone as safe as possible through vaccinations and by following PPE protocols. Your diligence has allowed us to make the following changes throughout the Cook Children’s Health Care System.
Effective immediately, vaccinated employees and ALL visitors are no longer required to wear masks and eye protection that was in response to the COVID pandemic. Please note, you may always wear a mask if it makes you feel more comfortable or safer.
Nominations Open for Nurse Leadership Daisy Award
Is there a nurse leader at Cook Children’s that has made a difference for you or your unit? Please nominate them for the Nurse Leadership Daisy Award. Details and criteria are here.
Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 16-22
Last year, our 493 volunteers donated 32,753 hours of service to patients, families, and staff, says Marie Howell, Manager, Volunteer Services. Please thank a volunteer for the gift of their time and their commitment to Cook Children’s.
Cook Children's Night at the Ballpark on May 19
Cook Children's Night at the Ballpark is back! Don't miss out on a great evening of baseball and fireworks with your loved ones. Reserve your tickets today to cheer as the Texas Rangers take on the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Game time is 7:05 p.m. See you there?
April Healthy Me Lunch & Learn Webinar on Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ) is more important than IQ when it comes to predicting both personal and professional success. Defined as a combination of self-awareness and self-management skills, as well as our ability to sense and appropriately respond to the needs and emotions of others, EQ is at the heart of effective relationships. Join speaker Jamie Hansen, M.S., LPC, for this dynamic virtual session at 11:30 a.m. on April 19, where you will gain strategies for enhancing your emotional intelligence and learn about its connection to success and fulfillment.
T-shirts to Support the Stroke and Thrombosis Program
People rarely think of children as being at risk for stroke. But strokes can happen to people of all ages, even to babies in the womb. The Stroke and Thrombosis Program is comprised of a team of specialists whose primary goal is to help children recover from a stroke and/or thrombotic disease, as well as prevent future strokes. You can support this program by purchasing a special t-shirt, now available.
VIDEO: Employees Care Thanks You
To thank you for your support of the Employees Care giving campaign, the Cook Children's Health Foundation hosted a Coke float party at the Medical Center in Fort Worth on Monday. But the gratitude doesn't stop there, we will have more ice cream float events at the Medical Center in Prosper at a later date.
PrayerBear's 25th Birthday
For 25 years, Spiritual Care has provided PrayerBears to admitted patients as a source of comfort and encouragement. The gift of a PrayerBear inspires hope, nurtures a spirit of love, and invites community support for our patients and families. Jennifer Hayes, MDiv, Director of Spiritual Care and Ethics, explains the history and importance of the PrayerBear program in an article and view photos of a special birthday party at the Fort Worth medical center.
Send Us Pics of Administrative Assistants and Their Teams
We all know that for many departments, teams and offices, the administrative professional is the person who everyone depends on to make sure things run smoothly. They know how to get things done! Administrative Professionals Day is coming up on April 26. We want to help you celebrate the dedicated professionals who fill this crucial role all across Cook Children's, like Divya Patel, Medical Receptionist, at Cook Children's Pediatrics Frisco, pictured here.