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Aug. 18, 2022

Important COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Updates -blue sideAs we continue to monitor the guidance from the CDC and recent community COVID-19 numbers, we want to provide you with the latest system information for Cook Children’s. 

As a reminder, Cook Children’s employees are required to wear masks at ALL locations throughout the system.

Please read the update about meetings, N-95 masks and what to do if you test positive.


‘We Can Do Better.’ Why the Cook Children’s Burnout Survey Matters

burnout surveyOn Aug. 23, all employees hired by June 30 will receive an invitation to complete a burnout survey. The survey will be available to complete from Aug. 23 to Sept. 13.  

As director of Spiritual Care, Jennifer Hayes spends much of her time at Cook Children’s serving as a confidant to you, our employees.

In anticipation of the Cook Children's Burnout Survey that begins this Tuesday, Aug. 23, Jennifer shares why this survey matters and how we can address burnout in a systematic, meaningful way.


Flu Shots and On-Campus Clinics Coming Soon

flu shotFlu shots are coming soon to Cook Children’s, and employees are asked to complete their consent forms electronically by Friday, Sept. 9. Whether you receive your flu shot in your department or at one of our flu shot clinics this fall, the consent form must be completed first.

Occupational Health will be hosting several on-campus flu shot clinics in September and October.

Employees may get their flu shots at another location – primary care physician or pharmacy for instance – and send proof to Occupational Health for their records. 

We hope to have all employees immunized by Nov. 1 to protect against the flu.


Reminder: Open Enrollment Ends THIS Friday, Aug. 19

Employees have until TOMORROW (Friday, Aug. 19) to make updates to benefit elections and change their participation in health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, PTO sellback, and more for the coming year.

Open enrollment for 2022-2023 employee benefits started Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 19. Elections and/or changes will go into effect Oct. 1.

Enroll by going to www.cookchildrensbenefits.com or by calling 833-251-9455. 

2022-2023 employee benefits


Spotlight on Alex Rodriguez

alex rodriguezIn 2021, Alexandrea “Alex” Rodriguez joined Cook Children’s as a medical receptionist II in the Orthopedic clinic in the Dodson Specialty building. 

As a Fort Worth native, Alex was very familiar with the pillar that Cook Children’s is for kids in the community. Outside of work, she balances life as a mother to five: Jayda, 14; King, 11; Janelle, 8; Luz, 6; Gigi, 4.

”I love children and knew I wanted to work somewhere I can help them. I had always heard Cook Children’s was a great place to work and I’ve learned that is very true,” Alex said. “The patients are so inspirational! These children have gone through so much in so little time and still manage to smile and be happy.”

Watch a video and read more about Alex's career journey at Cook Children's here.


Everybody Loves Raymond: Featured On People.com

raymond people magazineLast week, our very own Raymond Turner's story on meeting his long-lost sister inside Cook Children's took the world by storm. 

It continued to be a trending story on People.com all weekend long.

In case you missed it, Raymond and his sister 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. 

Raymond submitted his DNA to 23andMe with the intention of learning about his ancestry and would go on to discover a “familial match, sibling” with Christina Sadberry, his sister. 

Raymond joined Cook Children's in 2015, the same year Christina began bringing her 11-year-old son to Cook Children's. 

“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 the full video of their reunion here.


College Football is Back: Celebrate With Your Team Jersey Next Week!

college logos (1)College football kicks off next weekend beginning Saturday, Aug. 27 and we're hoping fall weather and pumpkin spice season follow close behind! 

To celebrate, you're invited to wear your favorite team's jersey from Friday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Aug. 28. 

Don't forget to send us your individual and group jersey pictures and let us know how you'll be rooting on your team!


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