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Connect Newsletter (Aug. 11, 2022)

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Aug. 11, 2022

Right Time, Right Place: Long-Lost Brother and Sister Brought Together at Cook Children's

Two siblings went through life without knowing one another existed – and over the course of seven years, they walked past each other multiple times at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Our very own Raymond Turner, producer at Sparklefly Recording Studio in the Child Life Zone, submitted his DNA to 23andMe with the intention of learning which countries in Africa he was from. When he received his results, he found he had a “familial match, sibling.” That match’s name? Christina Sadberry.  

Christina has been bringing her 11-year-old son to Cook Children’s since 2015. On their way into the medical center for each visit, they stopped by Child Life Zone to check out the replica LEGO display and watch patients sing, record and play music in the SparkleFly Recording Studio.

“When you put all of these things together when we recount all of this, there’s no way we could have scripted this... This was a divine appointment, this was on God’s timetable and it was at the right moment," said Raymond.

Read Raymond and Christina’s story and watch a video of their reunion here!

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Raymond was a member of the Cook Children's ID&E Task Force that met earlier this summer to set the foundation for a more diversified Cook Children's. Learn about the group's work here. In 2018, he was a guest speaker for the Cook Children's Conversation series and shared his story on overcoming the odds one song at a time. Watch Raymond's talk here


In Photos: Beat the Heat Treat

2F7A7630This month we are cooling off from the heat and enjoying a nice summer treat! 

Take a look at photos from our Beat the Heat Treat event here. Send your ice cream/frozen treat photos to us at internalcommunications@cookchildrens.org so they can be included.

More locations are celebrating this month, so check out the dates and times here and join the fun.

A special thank you to our amazing Employee Engagement team for organizing this event and recognizing moments for connection.


Lisa Elliott, Ph.D., Alice Phillips, M.D., on 'The Human Side of Health Care' Podcast

human side of health care - aug. 7Drs. Lisa Elliott and Alice Phillips joined “The Human Side of Health Care” podcast hosted by the DFW Hospital Council this week for a special “Back to School” episode.

Their discussion detailed the empowerment of our children during these difficult times and immunization requirements. 

Listen to “The Human Side of Health Care” on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and iHeart Radio.


Peak Performers: Third Quarter (April - June 2022)

peak performer #1It's time to recognize the quarterly Peak Performers for April through June 2022. 

Please join us in congratulating all of the Peak Performers for the third quarter of our 2022 fiscal year! 

Click here to see the Peak Performer recipients.


Progress at Cook Children's Medical Center Prosper

prosper progressKevin Greene, AVP and campus administrator, toured several of the Digital Experience team members through the Prosper Medical Center this week. 

Set to open at the end of the year, the campus is designed with our patients and their families in mind. From smart patient rooms to personalized digital maps on your phone, technology is the hallmark of the facility.

To learn more about the Prosper campus, click here.

Pictured left to right: Kevin Greene, AVP and campus administrator, Lesley Wager, digital products manager, Danika Meyer, Senior Epic Applications Analyst, Matt Albers, AVP, Digital Experience and Nicole Yowell, digital products manager.


Reminder: Enroll for Benefits by Aug. 19

2022-2023 employee benefitsOpen enrollment for the 2022-2023 benefits year is now in progress through Aug. 19, allowing employees at Cook Children's to update their benefits elections and change their participation in health savings accounts, PTO sellback and more. 

You can enroll by going online or by calling 833-251-9455. Elections and/or changes will go into effect on Oct. 1. 

What's new this year? No premium increases. All employee contributions, including those for medical, dental and vision, will remain unchanged. 

Click here for more information on open enrollment.


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