Connect Newsletter (Aug. 4, 2022)
Aug. 4, 2022
As you may recall, this survey was initially planned to launch earlier in the year, but we postponed it due to several factors including rising COVID-19 numbers, the Joint Commission visit and staffing issues.
We care about you and your well-being and we feel we can no longer delay this important survey.
Strengthening the health of our workforce is certainly a concern and a priority at Cook Children’s, which is why we have made it a strategic goal. To achieve this goal though, we first need to hear from you.
Open 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.
Cook Children’s new Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Task Force (ID&E) has made a lot of headway since the call for applicants in April. An overwhelming number of employees applied to join the task force, which was narrowed to a group of 14 representing a wide array of diversity dimensions, roles and tenure throughout all Cook Children’s entities.
“Having this task force is nothing short of monumental,” said Wini King, senior vice president and chief communication and ID&E officer. “It’s taken several months to get the right balance of team members representing all parts of the system but we were able to do it. I’m more than grateful that these employees understand the importance of doing this work and how an inclusive environment benefits everyone.”
Over the past few months, the task force has spent about 15 hours together pouring through data, sharing workplace experiences, and having hard conversations about diversity within the organization.
We’re excited to host a new event this summer. Join us for some fun, connection and a sweet treat to beat the heat in August!
For those on-site at certain locations, employees will enjoy a scoop of their favorite flavor of ice cream. Ice cream will be served outside and we’ll follow Command Center guidelines for safety and distancing. Dates and times are listed here.
For off-site locations and 100% remote teams, we’re providing an Inter-Department Transfer (IDT) amount of $8 per person for a summer treat!
Photos and Video: Cook Children's Employees Donate Water, Sports Drinks to Fort Worth Fire Department
Cook Children's employees donated cases of water and sports drinks on Thursday, July 28 to the Fort Worth Fire Department as crews continue battling fires in the dry, hot weather. Employees dropped off donations at the medical center in downtown Fort Worth from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. in an effort to support FWFD.
Compared to 2021, the department has responded to a 704% increase in grassfires since July 5.
“We work alongside one another to keep our community safe, especially for our patients. They do a lot for us throughout the year and this is a great opportunity, just a small gesture, to try to return that favor,” said Kaysey Pollan, director of Emergency Management at Cook Children's.
Appointments are open for our next Employee Blood Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
We are approaching critically low levels in the community, so please consider donating! Sign up to donate.
Can't make it that day? Visit Carter BloodCare to find the nearest donor center or mobile drive to you.
Our internal newsroom for Cook Children's employees now has more than 500,000 views since launching in January 2022.
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