Connect Newsletter (Aug. 17, 2023)
Aug. 17, 2023
New Process for Recognition Communications
Throughout the year, there are special days, weeks and months to recognize the achievements and contributions of professions, roles and departments. And they are so important to ensuring that we all feel connected and appreciated. We are excited to announce a new process for recognition communications. This process will give you more control over how your team's achievements are celebrated.
We look forward to seeing how your creativity emerges as you showcase your moments for magic!
Your 2023-2024 Benefits Open Enrollment Information: Enroll by Aug. 25
Your Questions Answered: Meet with the Benefits Team
Employees are invited to stop by to speak one-on-one with a member of the Benefits Team to ask questions related to benefits and/or open enrollment. The benefits team will be available the following dates/times:
1-2:30 p.m., Aug. 21, Medical Center-Fort Worth, Atrium
Make Plans Now for the 2023 Leukemia Symposium
Registration is open for the 2023 Leukemia Symposium, scheduled for Nov. 3-5 at the Medical Center-Fort Worth. This conference is an inter-professional forum addressing the latest advances in pediatric leukemia treatment and research. The focus is on the team-based approach to comprehensive care and the latest innovations in evaluation and management of acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia.
We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with your peers and hear from a distinguished panel of experts from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Children's Mercy Kansas City, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Children's Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children. The event is being hosted by Paul Bowman, M.D., and his wife Lois. Dr. Bowman is a retired Cook Children's physician.
Nursing Values: Improving Communication with Caregivers
Our series on Cook Children's values continues. Today we are spotlighting how our amazing nurses are able to live our values every day in their special role by highlighting the value of Respect.
Video: Back-to-School at the Jane Justin School
The Jane Justin School opened its doors Monday to 86 students, the largest enrollment yet! Students hugged their parents, took photos in front of the school and met their teachers. Friends reunited with hugs and talked about their summers. The Jane Justin School, under the Child Study Center at Cook Children's, is a private school that provides special education to children.
Students in the Purple Room class, who are between ages 7 and 9, gathered around to color a large “back-to-school” sheet together. The Fort Worth Report was there to capture the morning’s excitement – please read the news article here.
We also created a great video showing students, parents and teachers as they started their school year off right. It's right here on Checkup Newsroom.
Aaron Wishon Recognized in National Healthcare Publication
Aaron Wishon, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, has been honored in Becker's Healthcare’s “Hospital and Health System CISOs and CPOs to Know” list for 2023.
TEDx VIDEO: Raymond Turner and the “Heartsongs” of Our Patients
If you have 18 minutes, we invite you to watch this powerful and emotional speech by Raymond Turner, Cook Children's Recording Studio Producer. He had the opportunity in April to present a TEDx talk at Tarrant County College Northeast on the theme “An Ever-Changing World.”
Titled “Fireflies and Hurricanes: Finding Your Calling Without Losing Your Wings,” the talk is about how he taps into his passion for “producing music, working with children, writing songs, healthcare, and the holistic wellbeing of a child” in his role at Cook Children's.
Raymond told the audience: “I create ‘heartsongs.’ This involves a delicate process of our music therapists capturing the heartbeats of terminally ill babies, young children, teens, and some young adults who have been treated at Cook Children’s most, if not all, of their lives. This is an example of how the healing power of music can transcend through other lives.”
Of the TEDx experience, Raymond says, “it was an unforgettable opportunity to share some of my life story and the journey that formed me, prepared me, and fuels my passion for the work I do here daily at Cook Children's.”
Watch his incredible TEDx talk here. (We recommend having tissues handy.)
We're celebrating summer with ice cream social events all across the System! Employees are enjoying a variety of flavors of treats, taking a moment to cool off, and connecting with colleagues.
Sweet Treat Events and Raffle Offerings Across the System
We're posting photos from the events on the Connect Newsroom so be sure to check out how everyone is celebrating. Please send us your pics of your team celebrations (email them as attachments as PNG or JPG files). Email us at InternalCommunications@CookChildrens.org.
Get Healthy, Get Rewarded with New Wellness Program
Cook Children's is excited to announce a new employee wellness program that starts on Sept. 1. The program is designed to help employees improve their health and wellbeing through fitness, nutrition, and stress relief, and replaces the Vitality program, which ended in June.
Occupational Health and CareATC: Know Where to Go
Workplace benefits at Cook Children’s give employees access to Occupational Health and CareATC for help with your health concerns. But do you ever wonder – what’s the difference between the two sites?
Hear from Bridget Page, Director of Occupational Health Employee Wellness and Employee Safety, who explains how employees can make the most of these resources to maintain your physical health and mental wellbeing in this article on the Connect Newsroom.
Update on General Observations and Shadowing Experiences
Application/registration for general observation/shadowing experiences this summer closed on July 14. The Academic Education staff processed 314 requests. The focus is now on scheduling, onboarding, and orienting the anticipated 3,000 learners who require clinical rotations as indicated by their school curriculum.
Retirement Announcement: Ilene Pope, Home Health Administration
Ilene Pope, Home Health Administration On-Call Coordinator, is retiring on Thursday, Aug. 31 after 30 years of service to Cook Children’s.
We encourage you to take a moment to send Ilene a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Aug. 30. Thank you, Ilene, for your remarkable dedication to Cook Children's and the patient families we serve. We wish you all the best!