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Connect Newsletter (April 13, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                                   
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!            

We wanted to provide a few more details on this new effort:

  • The original concept for No Meetings Wednesdays was so our leaders (primarily VP and above) could have dedicated time blocked off which could be devoted to rounding and visiting with employees and departments across the system.
  • Seeing our leaders out and about rounding and visiting with you is a very important function of leadership in our organization. It provides opportunities for team members to communicate directly with leadership and allows our VPs to experience the world through the eyes of those on the front lines.
  • If at all possible, we would like to limit inviting VPs and above to meetings on Wednesdays so they have as much time as possible to devote to leadership rounds.
  • Since we are a pediatric health care system open 24/7, we recognize that there will always be a need for some meetings on Wednesdays as urgent matters, crises and emergencies are the name of the game in our business.
  • If you need a VP or above at a time-sensitive meeting and Wednesday is the only possible day for the meeting, please feel comfortable scheduling that meeting.
  • If the meeting is not time-sensitive or urgent and the meeting could happen any day of the week, please try and avoid Wednesdays if at all possible.
  • If you need to have a meeting with a coworker, peer, team, etc. and Wednesday is the only available day, please feel free to schedule that meeting.

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.             

If you have other questions, please send them here.            

Thank you for doing everything for the child!


“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 Home PageNew 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.             

As with any new system, there will be a learning curve. That’s why it is important to go through the training, so please sign up soon.

Read more and watch a video.


Dr. Kinloch photoMask 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.       

In can you missed our earlier announcement this week, find out all the details here.


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?

Get tickets here.



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.

Register here.


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. 

Details are here.


VIDEO: Employees Care Thanks You

employees care final numbersTo 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. 

Check out the video and photos.


PrayerBear's 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday TableFor 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. 

View them here.



Send Us Pics of Administrative Assistants and Their Teams

Administrative Professionals Day Divya PatelWe 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.             

Snap a photo of your department’s assistant at work (be sure the photo does not have confidential or Protected Health Information or images of patient families). We especially want to see you all in action together, so we encourage group and team photos, not headshots.             

Please send the photo and the name, full title (without acronyms) and the name of the department, location or workplace to: InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org.