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Connect Newsletter (April 6, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
April 6, 2023

What You Need to Know About Workday


You’ll be able to update your personal information, change your payroll elections and do other tasks on your own using the Employee Self-Service (ESS) feature when the Workday software platform comes to Cook Children’s in July. 

Workday functions relate to Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resources. It’s replacing Lawson – and every employee will be impacted. Whatever you do now in Lawson, you’ll do in Workday starting this summer. Don't worry, we will be updating you all spring with information about Workday so you will be prepared when it launches.

Read more here.



New Benefit: Journey to Parenthood

Maven baby bumpWe recently added a new benefit, Maven, that provides virtual continuous, holistic care for fertility, pregnancy and parenting. Maven provides free 24/7 virtual access to top-rated providers via unlimited video appointments, assistance, and classes.

Maven is offered at no cost to all employees and their covered family members who are enrolled in a Cook Children’s health plan. Enrollment in Maven is confidential. 

Join Maven for a webinar on “Protecting your relationship from the stress of trying to conceive” from 11 to 11:45 a.m. April 26. 

To activate a membership, download the Maven clinic app or visit this link to learn more.


Meet Hinge Health: Digital Programs for Joint and Muscle Pain

ankle painHinge Health, a digital exercise therapy program now available for Cook Children's employees, supports back, knees, feet, ankles, pelvic health, and more. Hinge Health gives you the tools you need to conquer joint and muscle pain, recover from injuries, prepare for surgery, and stay healthy and pain free. Their programs are available to you and your eligible dependents at no cost. Plus, you can complete your customized care plan anywhere, any time.

See how Hinge Health can help you.




Fidelity Webinar Offers Tips for Retirement Savings

april fidelity webinarWhat are the different types of retirement accounts? How can you save more? And why? Register for the next Fidelity webinar on April 12 to learn about the importance of saving for retirement. Cook Children’s employees earn 100 Vitality Points for attending these financial webinars. Points may be cashed in for gift cards through our Vitality wellness program. 
• 9 a.m. session: register here 
• 3 p.m. session: register here 


Intensive Inclusion: A New ID&E Training Opportunity

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Cook Children’s places a great deal of importance on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, but we need you to make our efforts a success. If you are a strong advocate for our ID&E initiatives, we hope you will consider becoming an ID&E Certified Education Facilitator.

This train-the-trainer opportunity is a commitment, taking 3 months of education and 70 hours of training. At the end of the course, you will be certified to teach throughout the system about our ID&E efforts. For non-exempt (hourly) individuals, you will be compensated during the time you are being trained and also while you train others.

We hope to find at least 15 passionate people to take on this challenge. If you are interested, you must receive approval from your manager/supervisor to participate. Please refer to the FAQ for details (find it under Downloads, on the right side of the screen).

Take the time now to think about if you would be right to undergo this training. The application deadline is April 24, 2023. If you have questions or want more information, please reach out to Tracy Vang, Director of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at Cook Children’s.

Click here to apply.


Prosper SW TeamNo Meetings Wednesdays 

This week marked the beginning of No Meetings Wednesdays and we hope that you may have seen some of our executive leadership team out and about at your location. If not, watch for them on a future Wednesday.

Please send us your team pictures when you see one of our leaders out and about in your area. Email us at InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org.

Stay tuned for more details!



Happy Easter!

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Whether you celebrate by attending services or joining in an Easter egg hunt, warmest wishes for the Easter holiday on April 9 and the Orthodox Easter holiday on April 16. May you experience peace and joy with your loved ones!


FASCINATING READ: A Deep Dive Into How Our Doctors Separated Conjoined Twins

FW Magazine cover

The surgical team that performed the historic procedure to separate conjoined twins Amie and Jamie at Cook Children’s is featured in Fort Worth Magazine’s ‘Top Doctors 2023’ issue. This marks the fifth year in a row that Cook Children's has been on the cover of this annual issue— bravo!

José Iglesias, M.D., Medical Director of Pediatric Surgery, at Cook Children’s Medical Center and the lead surgeon during the separation surgery, is on the cover. Chad Barber, M.D., Ben Gbulie, M.D., Marty Knott, D.O, Mary Frances Lynch, M.D., and Chandra Reynolds, M.D., physicians who had a hand in performing the miraculous surgery, as well as Bannie Tabor, M.D., who delivered the twins, are spotlighted in an incredible feature story! 

Go to the magazine’s website or find this month’s issue on newsstands and check out pages 74 through 85 to read the team’s story. 


Peaks Tech Zone Now Open at Fort Worth Campus


The newly-expanded Dodson Specialty Clinics has opened a Peaks Tech Zone to help patients and families access health care technology assistance.

Similar to Apple’s Genius Bar, Peaks Tech Zone provides families access to health technology advocates – we call ‘em Techsperts – who can assist with setup and support for their child’s medical device and/or MyCookChildren’s account. It mirrors the zone at Cook Children’s Pediatric Specialities - Prosper, which was the first pediatric tech zone in the region. “We want to remove barriers for families, while helping our physicians spend less time with technology and more time with the children in their care,” said Theresa Meadows, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Cook Children’s.

Read more about how this is a cross between a technology lounge and an in-person help desk. This is innovation at its finest!


national arab american heritageNational Arab American Heritage Month

During April, we celebrate Arab Americans’ rich heritage and contributions in fields such as public service, education, finance, medicine, law, business, science, technology, government, military service, and the arts.

National Arab American Heritage Month provides an opportunity for Americans to learn about Arab American identity and culture while encouraging Arab Americans to take pride in their contributions to America’s diverse society, according to the Arab America Foundation

Here are resources to learn more about Arab Americans





Christine Ayala Pastoral CareAdministrative Professionals Are Invaluable

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.


coke float Thank You from Employees Care 

We want to give a huge thank you to all of our employees for supporting and giving to the Employees Care 2023 Campaign, and you are invited to stop by one of our appreciation events for a Coke Float of your choice. Cook Children’s leaders will be there to serve soda floats. And if you have not participated in Employees Care yet, you will have a chance to do so. 

• 2-3:30 p.m., April 10, Fort Worth Medical Center atrium (served by Cook Children’s executive team) 
• TBD, Prosper Medical Center 


We Had A Blast 

The blast 2023Thank you to all of the members of the Cook Children’s family who joined us this month for The Blast, our annual 5k walk to support the hematology/oncology center. More than 1,200 employees and community members took part, and we had a great time as we celebrated more than $222,000 in impact! Cook Children's very own patient ambassador Molly, age 15, kicked off the walk, and Cook Children's employees were among 75 teams that included current and former patient families, corporate groups, and supporters from across our region and beyond! 

Did you miss out? Visit the Cook Children’s Health Foundation Facebook page to view photos and make plans to join us next year on April 6, 2024.



DSC_0427An Update from Our Partners at Carter BloodCare

Carter BloodCare has historically offered special collections where friends and family could donate blood for a specific individual. Due to advancements in testing capabilities, the community blood supply can meet most of the patient transfusion needs, eliminating the necessity for these special collections. As of April 14, Carter BloodCare will no longer accept requests for directed donations. Understanding that these donations are scheduled in advance, Carter BloodCare will continue to collect directed donations until April 28. 

Please stay tuned to the Connect Newsletter and CookNet scroll for information on our next blood drives. 

Read more from CarterBloodCare on directed donations.


April 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 Diversity Month, Autism Acceptance Month and National Arab American Heritage Month.

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.