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Connect Newsletter (April 27, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
April 27, 2023

A More In-depth Look at the New CookNet

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Coming soon, you will be able to access the soft launch of our new, more modern CookNet. Take a look at this helpful infographic with more about what's new and different about the site. 



Resident ArtistWatch WFAA's Special Profile on Sydney Peel, our Resident Artist

"The patients leave and their family leaves and you're a little speck in their life. You may be one or two specks or you may be kind of a lot of specks if they're here for a long time. But you can also be a little bit of glitter." Our very own Sydney Peel, resident artist at Cook Children's, was featured in a special segment on WFAA, Channel 8. 


Celebrating You: Employee Appreciation Month

employee appreciation monthThroughout May we will be celebrating Employee Appreciation Month across Cook Children's!

We are so excited about the return of our Campus Cookouts! This year, several locations across the System will hold a cookout. Make sure to mark your calendars for the date of your location. We’re also providing funds for off-site locations and remote teams to plan a celebration lunch or cookout of their own.


nurses week2Nurses Week 2023 Is Almost Here

We will be celebrating Nurses Week here at Cook Children’s from May 8 to May 12 with special activities throughout the week, many of which are just for nurses. We will host nurse scientists from Children’s Hospital of Colorado for a Pediatric Nursing Grand Rounds and art exhibit on May 9 and celebrate our Great 10 nominees and award recipients with a ceremony May 10.

National Nurses Day is celebrated on Saturday, May 6.

International Nurses Day is celebrated on Friday, May 12 to honor the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.


Drowning Prevention Course for Employees

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The Cook Children's Wellness Program is offering free drowning prevention courses with Sigma Swimming starting in May. This course is available to adult beginners who are either scared of the water or who have little experience with or in the water. You'll learn to be comfortable in the water and move through the course at your own pace. The four-hour classes are at Texas Wesleyan University. 

Register at the links below, using the $10 off coupon code (DP23) to make the course free for you.

Session 1: 6-8 p.m. on May 5, and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on May 6. Register for Session 1

Session 2: 6-8 p.m. on May 12, and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on May 13. Register for Session 2
Session 3: 6-8 p.m. on June 2, and 6-8 p.m. on June 9 Register for Session 3
Session 4: 1-3 p.m. on July 29, and 2-4 p.m. on July 30. Register for Session 4

In addition, Cook Children's employees are eligible for 10% off the price of adult swimming classes in Burleson, Cleburne, Fort Worth, and Waco. Contact Perry Christenberry at perry@sigmaswimming.org for questions.


Esraa Almasri RNIn Her Own Words: A Nurse on Arab American Heritage Month


In a heartfelt essay written for the Connect Newsletter, Esraa Almasri, RN, Clinic Nurse at the Cook Children’s Heart Center, writes about what National Arab American Heritage Month means to her, and the special family traditions that help her family celebrate their cultural background. 

“To me, Arab American Heritage Month is not only a chance for us to learn about our own history and new lineage, but an opportunity to bring awareness to a population that helps make up a great amount of America’s melting pot,” she wrote.

National Arab American Heritage Month takes place in April. It celebrates Arab American identity and culture and pays tribute to the achievements and  contributions of Arab Americans in the United States.


Shoutouts from Our Patient Families

Last week was Experience Week and we compiled some compliments written by parents of our patients on surveys after their children received care at a Cook Children's location. They are singing our praises! 


DFWHCF awardsCook Children's Had Four Nominees for DFW Hospital Council Foundation Awards

Four Cook Children's employees have been honored by the DFW Hospital Council Foundation as nominees in its 25th annual awards program. They were among 100+ nominees from hospital systems across DFW who were honored at an April 19 luncheon at the Hurst Convention Center. They are:

NOMINEE FOR PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR: Samson Cantu, MD, Physician, Gastroenterology

NOMINEE FOR EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Deb Smith, RN, Medical/Surgical/Behavioral Health Unit

NOMINEE FOR PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR: Ross Richardson, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit - Fort Worth Medical Center

NOMINEE FOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: William "Bill" Parker, Volunteer, Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth 


DSC00202Administrative Professionals Day

This week we've been expressing our appreciation for those members of our teams who often are the backbone of the operation, making sure that the department or unit runs smoothly and efficiently. Administrative professionals, we salute you. 

Several administrative professionals gathered for a special Executive Assistant Appreciation Luncheon hosted by Cara Martz, Assistant to the President.

Meanwhile, we asked you to send in photos of your area's administrative professionals and you delivered! We received photos from across the System and we thank everyone for participating. Check out this photo page.   


May Cultural Observances

Sharing information about cultural holidays and observances is an important way to learn about our diverse workforce and raise awareness of challenges and successes of various groups. Share with us how you observe Asian Pacific American Heritage, Jewish American Heritage, and Cinco de Mayo.

If you have any ideas or recommendations for upcoming cultural holidays and observances that you would like to see us cover, email us at InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org.