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Connect Newsletter (April 20, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
April 20, 2023

The End of PACE: Major Changes in Performance Evaluation Process for All Employees

We are excited to share with you major changes regarding our performance evaluation process.

After nearly 30 years, Cook Children’s will no longer use the PACE system for performance reviews.

Why? Cook Children’s is moving to Workday for the system’s HR platform and the timing of its launch this summer, along with Pace’s very dated system, demanded a change for the better.

A new performance evaluation review system will launch in the fall of 2024 (fiscal year 2025) and every employee will receive a performance review at the same time each year going forward.



The Latest on the New CookNet

cooknet sneak peak (2)Last week, we announced the soft launch of a new, more modern CookNet headed our way in the spring. 

We hope you met this news with excitement, but we also understand you may have a lot of questions. Find details on the project compiled by the experts in our Digital Experience team in Information Services.


Workday: Manager Self Service 

workday-og-themeManagers, the new Workday platform will help make navigating your supervisory tasks easier. You can approve expenses, create job requisitions, and much more using Workday’s Manager Self-Service (MSS) feature.

The Workday software platform is coming to Cook Children’s in July, replacing Lawson. The biggest changes involve our processes for Finance, Supply Chain, and Human Resources. Think of it this way: Whatever you currently do in Lawson, you’ll do in Workday a few months from now. Read more about Manager Self-Service, or MSS. 


DSC_0935'JamieLynn and AmieLynn Finley Day' Proclaimed in Tarrant County

The Tarrant County Commissioners Court proclaimed Jan. 23, 2023, as JamieLynn and AmieLynn Finley Day during Tuesday's meeting. On Jan. 23, 2023, JamieLynn and AmieLynn made history as the first conjoined twins to be surgically separated at Cook Children’s

The Commissioners Court also created a Congratulatory Resolution for Cook Children's Medical Center to recognize teams of nursing and medical professionals for their continued efforts and critical care for the youngest members of our community. 

You can watch the presentation here. Fast forward to timestamp 48:30.

Also, in case you missed it, here’s a fantastic video that shows an April 12 news conference celebrating the official discharge of AmieLynn and the special relationship she has with her caregivers at Cook Children’s.


New Center Gives Patient Siblings a Place to Play, Connect, Create

230418-pandacaressiblingcentergrandopening-4448 (1)We are celebrating the grand opening of a new space dedicated to the siblings of children with medically complex needs.

The Panda Cares Center of Hope Sibling Support Center offers the siblings of Dodson Specialty Clinic patients a place to play, create and connect with other children whose families face similar challenges while their brother or sister attends clinic appointments. It also relieves the stress of parents and caregivers so they can concentrate on their child’s medical appointments knowing their other children have a safe and supportive space dedicated to their well-being, too. Read more on the Checkup Newsroom.




Let’s Connect: Experience Week is April 24-28

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Next week is all about the Cook Children's Experience standards: Connect-Collaborate-Elevate.

The Patient and Family Experience team has something fun planned every day next week, with opportunities for gift cards included every day. This nationally recognized week is designed to recognize and honor the staff, patients and families who impact the health care experience. We hope you will take part and find ways to connect with your coworkers and the patient families we all serve. 


scam Important: Scam Alert!

We wanted to make you aware of a longstanding scam. We are letting you know because employees have reached out to our Legal department about this attempted scam. You can see an example of actual texts to the right.

Someone calls pretending to be with the Tarrant County Sherriff’s office.  They are then told something along the lines of “you failed to show for jury duty, failed to respond to a subpoena, etc., are in contempt of court, and have to pay some amount of money to avoid being arrested.” The caller tells the person they cannot hang up the phone or call anyone else – they need to immediately get the money and show up at some location or risk being arrested by the sheriff’s office.  Here’s some info: Sheriff’s office: Fake warrant scams on rise in Tarrant County | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Unfortunately, people believe this hoax and have paid several thousand dollars to these scammers. Please do not go to an ATM that allows you to deposit money, convert it to crypto, and transfer those funds.


Who Are Our Peak Performers for March 2023?

march peak performersCongratulations to the hard-working and dedicated employees who have been named Peak Performers for March. Continue with your commitment and passion about your work!


Can You Be a Camp Counselor This Summer?

camps for kids

Camps For Kids is a collection of summer camps that allow patients with a complicated medical diagnosis to attend camp and receive the medical care they need while at camp. For example, there’s Camp Broncho, for children with severe asthma, which is scheduled for Aug. 5 to 11, and Camp Oasis, for kids with Crohn’s disease and colitis, taking place from June 11 to 16. They’re looking for volunteers to assist with the camps this summer as cabin counselors. Who wants to raise your hand?


med lab weekCelebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals 

Join us in celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week from April 23 to 29. Did you know that an estimated 70% of medical decisions are based on results provided by the laboratory? The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine here at Cook Children’s includes 146 laboratory professionals and offers a broad range of diagnostic testing in pathology, clinical laboratory, and transfusion services.

In 2022, laboratory staff collected 77,000 specimens, issued 14,000 blood products, and processed over 1.39 million billable tests. This Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, let’s all celebrate these special members of the health care team, who partner with caregivers to connect the dots.



Celebrating Occupational Therapists

April is Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that enables people of all ages to participate in daily living or live better with injury, illness, or disability. Occupational therapists here at Cook Children’s work in a variety of settings, including Acute Care, Transitional Care Unit/Neurorehabilitation, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Rehab Clinics (Fort Worth, Hurst and Mansfield), Cook Children’s Health Plan, Information Systems – EPIC Team and Home Health Services.

OTs help children achieve and regain their independence so that they are able to play, engage in daily routines, go to school and be active in their community. Pediatric OTs use a variety of treatment techniques and tools to help children achieve their goals including sensory integration, fine motor skill development, use of adaptive equipment and more. OTs support families with strategies to help children grow, gain skills and regain function. They put the fun in functional.



In the News: All About Autism 

Lee Mason Interview DFW ChildLee Mason, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Applied Behavior Analyst with the Child Study Center at Cook Children’s, was interviewed in DFW Child on common signs of autism, how to get an evaluation, and what to do after diagnosis. This article is chock full of helpful information and recommendation for patient families. Thank you, Lee, for providing your expertise as we observe Autism Acceptance Month.



TCU Med School topping out video screenshotVIDEO: Topping Out at New TCU Medical School

Our colleagues at the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University are hard at work on construction of their four-story medical education building on Rosedale Avenue in Fort Worth. Several of our physicians are on the faculty of the medical school – they’ll be our neighbors right here in the medical district.

They recently celebrated a “Topping Out Ceremony,” when the final beam is placed across the top of the building. Check out their video showing the progress – it includes pouring nearly 15 million pounds of concrete. The building will support 240 medical students and hundreds of faculty members and staff by summer 2024. 


aylich vazquezSend 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. 

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.


Dodson Clinics Parking Garage (6)Parking Areas – Places to Practice Kindness

Our new P1 Parking Garage on the corner of 8th Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue is dedicated for our patient families who are visiting the newly expanded Dodson Specialty Clinics. Physician parking is underground. 

To ensure ample, safe, and close parking is available for our patient families, Cook Children’s employees should not be parking in this facility. 

We thank you for parking in designated employee parking areas. Most of us wouldn’t dream of cutting in line ahead of a young child. Let’s extend that same kindness and courtesy to the parking at Cook Chilldren’s.