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Connect Newsletter (April 28, 2022)

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April 28, 2022

cookoutEmployee Appreciation Month: Activities and Events

We are so excited for the return of our Campus Cookout! 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 – see below for all the details. 

The Employee Engagement team has also planned a month's worth of spirit days and activities for employees. Click here for all of the details!

Don't forget to send us your pictures from any of the events! Email us at internalcommunications@cookchildrens.org.


CareATCAn Introduction To CareATC

When it comes to whole-family health care, we’re all in it together. Every day, Cook Children’s employees work to improve the well-being of every child in our care and our communities.

But we can only take care of others when we take care of ourselves. To make sure that happens, Cook Children’s has partnered with CareATC to provide an additional benefit to help care for health care professionals who have dedicated their lives to taking care of others.

Click here to learn more about CareATC, how it works and how to be a patient.


lab servicesLaboratory Professionals Week: Spotlighting Our Hidden Health Care Heroes

Stepping into the Cook Children's Laboratory is like discovering a Wonka Chocolate Factory in the basement of the Medical Center, but swap out the Wonka bars and bubble gum for test tubes and Petri dishes. This team sees patients through a different lens - literally. 

The Lab team runs more than 1,000 specimen tests a day, but that number is closer to 2,000 during a busy season. Specimen tests can include urine, blood, feces, tissue, body fluids and more.

“The number one thing that I want people to know is that we are all part of the same team,” said Laura Collier, Laboratory Quality coordinator. “Even though we are not right there in the patient room making decisions right there alongside you, we really are. We see these patients and we know them and we care about them."

Up to 70% of medical decisions are based on lab results, so they also care about the quality of their work. Physicians and providers decide on important treatment plans, like chemotherapy, from the results our lab team finds. 

"We help by getting all sorts of lab results to help piece together the puzzle of what is going on with a patient," explains Carli Land, lead medical laboratory scientist. “Sometimes symptoms alone and looking at a patient alone isn't enough. So we help see what is going on inside the body and that helps our doctors and other care team members.”

Get an inside look of the lab team and join us in celebrating these hidden health care heroes!


April ProsperCastApril ProsperCast: Learn About Latest Prosper News, Job Openings and Employee Referral Bonus Program

Our second episode of ProsperCast is here!

Kevin Green, AVP, Administrator, Prosper, and Cheryl Petersen, VP, Nursing, CNO CCMC, are back again and guide us through our April ProsperCast. 

Suzanne Seider, director of Talent Acquisition, also joins us with an overview on the Employee Referral Bonus Program and all the latest job openings in the Prosper area to send to your network of peers and friends!

Anthony Anani, M.D., gastroenterologist and medical director for Clinical Services, and Teresa Baker, AVP of Primary and Specialty Services, each share about the exciting things rolling out in Prosper and why existing employees should look to join the efforts to open up our brand new hospital.


peak performer #1March Peak Performers

Please join us in congratulating all of the following Peak Performers for March 2022!

Click here to see the Peak Performer recipients.

Do you know a colleague or team of Peak Performers? Nominate them here! (Note: you must be connected to the network to access this page.)


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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.