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Connect Newsletter (April 14, 2022)

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April 14, 2022

wini kingCook Children's Accepting Applicants For New ID&E Task Force

At Cook Children's, the team experience matters and we want to make sure everyone feels valued and appreciated.

With that in mind, we are announcing a brand-new opportunity for employees to make their voices heard at Cook Children's. At this time, we are accepting a limited number of applicants for the employee-driven ID&E Task Force. We are limiting the number of ID&E Task Force team members to make sure everyone has plenty of time to be listened to as we move forward.

Click here to hear more from Wini King, SVP, Chief of Communication, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.


child abuse awareness month 2022Cook Children’s Debuts Child Abuse Prevention Month Campaign on Trinity Metro Buses

April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month and each year, Cook Children’s displays pinwheels to represent a child abuse visit with the Child Advocacy Resources and Evaluation (CARE) Team. This month, 1,570 pinwheels are planted. 

In addition, Cook Children's will display this year’s campaign on 50 Trinity Metro buses. The campaign messages, placed inside the buses and on bus benches, will share healthy parenting habits.

Texas consistently has some of the highest cases of child abuse and neglect. The pandemic has increased family stress and mental health challenges, both of which increase the risk for child abuse.

The team at Cook Children’s aimed for this year’s campaign to help parents and caregivers by sharing everyday actions that can make a difference in their child’s life. Check out the photos here.


EasterVisitation Policy for Easter

Relatives of patients admitted to Cook Children's Medical Center are invited to visit on Easter, Sunday, April 17! They can arrive at any time but will be limited to a maximum of four hours for the visit. 

For more information and instructions, go here. We appreciate all that you do to make this time of year safe and special for our patients and families! 

Important Note: This visitation opportunity is not open to patients who are COVID positive or relatives who have had direct exposure to someone who is COVID positive.  


Jennifer HayesSpotlight on Jennifer Hayes


In March 2022, Jennifer Hayes stepped into the role of director of Spiritual Care at Cook Children's. But she is no stranger to the organization or our Promise. 

During the pandemic, she helped patients, families and staff in the COVID-19 ICU through difficult situations both emotionally and spiritually, which included spearheading a fanny pack competition.  She also set up a ‘COVID Café’ for frontline staff on the unit to retreat to during their shift. 

“I am here for you as our staff, whether you're a contractor or clock in or salaried, part of my role is to support you however you need to be supported,” she said. 

Jennifer is excited to help grow staff care, which even includes fun and things, like pulling an April Fools' Day prank at a fellow chaplain's retirement party. 

Watch a video of this week's #WeAreCookChildrens spotlight on Jennifer Hayes



Important Reminder: PPE Requirements For All Employees

The minimum PPE required for ALL employees and ALL patient encounters is a mask and eye protection. For employees NOT vaccinated against COVID-19, you must still wear a mask at ALL times, unless eating or drinking. 

Click here to view and/or download the full-size image and PDF. 

We encourage you to download and share the flier in your break areas, nursing stations, etc. 

PPE for vaccinated employees

PPE flier - NON-vaccinated employees


Texas_Rangers.svgCook Children’s Night At The Ballpark!

We are so excited to share that Cook Children's Night At The Ballpark is back! Join us for a Home Run Experience on Friday, May 13, as the Texas Rangers host the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Field in Arlington. 

As part of our Employee Appreciation Month activities this May, Cook Children's employees receive special discounted ticket prices to the game. 

Don’t miss out on a great evening of baseball and fireworks with your family and friends. Reserve your tickets today as they are going fast this year! 

Stay tuned for more exciting Employee Appreciation Month events to be announced very soon! 


food and retail services register upgrades (Twitter Post)Planned Downtime for Food and Retail Services Registers

The cash registers at food and retail service locations across Cook Children's Medical Center will be upgraded next week, beginning at 6 a.m., Monday, April 18 and ending at 8:30 p.m., Friday, April 22.

During this time, badge swipes and retail gift cards will not be accepted. Please be patient and plan accordingly during this downtime!



safe patient handlingInternational Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Month

April is International Safe Patient Handling & Mobility Awareness month – a time to focus on how to prevent employee overexertion injuries. 

​Thanks to the Employee/Staff Overexertion Committee, we have seen a significant reduction in the number and severity of employee injuries since Fall 2021! 

This committee implemented a Patient Handling Risk Assessment​ that can be found in Epic. 

The Safe Patient Handling page on CookNet* also contains quick links to videos and guides on how to use the equipment. It’s a one-stop shop for safe patient handling! 

*Note: You must be connected to the network to access this page.


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Our Promise

Knowing that every child's life is sacred, it is the Promise of Cook Children's to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.