Connect Newsletter (Aug. 24, 2023)
Aug. 24, 2023
Reminder: Flu Electronic Consent Form Due by Aug. 31
All employees must complete an influenza electronic consent form by Thursday, Aug. 31. This form is required for all employees before receiving the influenza vaccine.
You can find the electronic consent form on Workday. Find more information and instructions on how to fill out the form here.
Employees are required to receive the influenza vaccine each year to help protect our patient families, fellow employees, and our community against this serious disease. Some departments will perform vaccinations for employees in their areas. In September and October, we will also be offering several Flu Vaccine Fairs, where employees can drop in without an appointment for their vaccine. Employees may also supply proof of vaccination from an outside provider. You must get your flu vaccine by the Oct. 23.
Friday, Aug. 25 is the Deadline to Enroll for Employee Benefits
The deadline to sign up for Cook Children's employee benefits is Friday, Aug. 25. Don't miss out on your opportunity to make changes to your current benefit elections for the 2023-2024 plan year! Benefits are important because they can help you protect your health, your financial future, and your family. By signing up for benefits, you can get the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are covered.
During this Open Enrollment, you may:
Please take some time to review the benefits and sign up for the ones that are right for you. The clock is ticking, so don't delay! Find details here.
To enroll or make changes to benefits:
Visit Workday to enroll or request a change to your current benefits (qualified event), OR call the Benefits Center (Alight) at 833-938-4154, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Raising Joy Returns for New Season
With 50 episodes already under their belts, Wini and Dr. Pyrc are excited to bring you even more helpful and informative content each Tuesday. They'll be talking to experts on a variety of mental health topics, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and suicide prevention.
In addition to the new content, Raising Joy is also getting a fresh new look. So whether you're a longtime listener or you're just discovering the podcast for the first time, be sure to check out the new season when it drops on Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the topics that will be covered in the new season:
We hope you'll join us for the new season of Raising Joy!
Our Newest CookNet Sites
We are excited to continue to grow our new CookNet Intranet site.
Please take a moment to view our new sites/pages and bookmark them as needed:
• Case Management: https://cookchildrens.sharepoint.com/sites/casemgmt
VIDEO: We're Flexible: Child Study Center Stays Open Amid Flooding
A 30-inch water main broke in downtown Fort Worth on Aug. 17 and again on Aug. 21, and the water rushed into the Child Study Center. The break caused flooding in several offices and classrooms but Cook Children's team members quickly responded and ensured that there were no interruptions to classes and appointments.
Thank you to everyone who pitched in to clean up and keep things running smoothly. We appreciate your help in making sure that the Child Study Center is a safe and fun place for kids to learn and grow.
A big round of applause to:
We captured some video that shows the water gushing from the pipe and the work to vacuum, clean and dry the area. View it here.
Meet Cayenne, Our Newest Facility Dog
The Sit…Stay…PLAY team is introducing a new facility dog team: Angie Bradley, Shannon Kelly and Cayenne, a 15-month-old golden retriever and poodle mix. Angie is a facility dog handler for patient and staff support. She works alongside Cayenne all across the Fort Worth medical center, fulfilling patient referrals and staff support requests. Shannon is a child life specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Cayenne will be spending the next several weeks orienting to Cook Children’s alongside Angie and Shannon. She will not be taking staff support requests or patient referrals until late September.
Putting Out the Fire: Preventing and Managing Burnout
Today's professional demands can cause so much stress. Did you know that stress contributes to the development of many physical and mental health conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes, depression and anxiety? In fact, research suggests that up to two-thirds of American employees experience some degree of burnout.
Registration is open for an Uprise Health webinar on managing burnout, scheduled for 11:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 5. You'll learn:
DAISY Award Winner Nominated by A Patient Family for Compassionate Care
We are pleased to announce that the winner of our most recent DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is Heather Gonzales, RN, BSN, Staff Nurse, Rehabilitation Care Unit. The DAISY Award is an international award recognizing the extraordinary clinical skills and compassionate care given by nurses. Nominated by patients, families, and colleagues, the DAISY Award honors nurses who make a difference in the lives of their patients and their families.
Heather was nominated for the DAISY Award for her outstanding and dedicated care of an infant in the Transitional Care Unit.
Among the comments from her nominator:
“She quickly picked up on what our daughter does/doesn't like and made sure adjustments were made accordingly to ensure our baby was happy and comfortable at all times.”
“She made sure my baby was well taken cared for and at the same time, helped me get the rest I that really needed. I think the sweetest and our favorite thing she did was, she would sing to her each night before bed because she knows that music helps heal the soul.”
It is clear that Heather is a dedicated and compassionate nurse who goes above and beyond to provide her patients with the best possible care. She is a valuable asset to the Cook Children’s and to the nursing profession.
We are so proud to have Heather as a member of our team. Congratulations on winning the DAISY Award!
Cook Children's pulled off a big surprise on Aug. 15 when Kidd’s Kids revealed that two Cook Children’s employees and their children are going on an all-expenses-paid trip to Disney World.
Every year, Kidd’s Kids takes 30 to 50 children with life-altering or life-threatening conditions and their families on an all-expenses-paid, five-day trip to the magic kingdom.
Danny Peltier is Practice Manager for Cook Children’s Outpatient Psychiatry and Ashley Pagenkopf is a Child Life Specialist in the Emergency Department.
Emergency Medicine Physician Dan Guzman, M.D., who serves as a Kidd’s Kids board member, and Cook Children's team members gathered in the Child Life Zone to surprise the two families. The CLZ was decorated with Disney-themed balloons and everyone got a pair of Mickey Mouse ears.
Both families say they are ready to experience their own moments of magic in what’s been called “the happiest place on earth.” Read more about the Peltier and Pagenkopf families and the surprise announcement, and view videos and photos from the event on the Checkup Newsroom.
Ashley Pagenkopf wrote a special article for Cook employees, sharing her thoughts about the surprise trip to Disney World, and her family's journey after her middle daughter, Averly, was diagnosed with a low-grade glioneuronal (brain) tumor in April 2022. Read it here.
Last week for August Sweet Treats
Employees across the system have enjoyed sweet treats while taking time to connect and celebrate the summer this month. There is still time to coordinate a Beat the Heat Sweet Treat event for off-site locations and fully remote teams. Leaders, we’re providing you with an Inter-Department Transfer (IDT) amount of $8 per person to create your own summer treat event for your team. Leaders can identify a date and time that works best.
Happy Snaps: Back-to-School 2023
Do you have children, grandchildren or other kiddos in your life that started classes for the fall semester? We'd love to see their smiling faces as they head to a new school year. Please share your photos with us!
Don't forget to include your name, job title and location.
Please email us at InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org.