Connect Newsletter (Aug. 10, 2023)
|Connect Newsletter |
Aug. 10, 2023
Employee Flu Vaccine Information
What you need to know:
Right now, with the scorching heat, none of us are really thinking about the upcoming fall. But guess what? It'll sneak up on us sooner than we realize, along with the persistent flu. Influenza is no joke – it can lead to some pretty serious issues, especially for kids, the elderly, and those with certain health problems. Stay vigilant! To help protect our vulnerable patients, their families, fellow employees, and our community, we require all employees to receive the flu vaccine each year.
Why are flu vaccines required?
While we recently announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is no longer mandatory for current employees or new hires, we want to assure you that our commitment to your health and safety remains unwavering. With that in mind, we have chosen to maintain the requirement for the flu vaccine. Please read more about taking this proactive step helps all of us keep our Pinky Promise to do everything for the child.
Your 2023-2024 Open Enrollment Information
Open enrollment is underway. If you have questions or want more information as you enroll, visit this helpful page with a helpful presentation, booklets, a newsletter and video.
Prosper: Anthony Anani, M.D., Named Chief Medical Officer
Congratulations to Anthony Anani, M.D., who has been named the Chief Medical Officer for Cook Children’s Medical Center – Prosper.
Care Share Update: How You Can Help Our Patient Family Experience
We know you are working hard to sustain the incredible work that has brought us to this point in our patient and family experience journey. Families tell us they love coming to Cook Children’s for care through the feedback they provide and the outcomes they experience. We are so proud of the work you are doing.
What you can do:
Cook Children’s and the Aim for Safety program supported a proclamation Tuesday evening at Fort Worth City Council that designated August as “Gun Safety Awareness Month.” This proclamation made Fort Worth one of four Texas cities recognizing the new awareness month. The designation will serve as an annual reminder about the importance of keeping guns locked up and away from children. The Aim for Safety program is designed to help reduce the number of injuries we see every year among children through gun safety education.
Let's congratulate Daniel D. Guzman, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician and Program Director of the Aim for Safety program, and thank him for his steadfast dedication to keeping children in our community safe. Read more about the proclamation and see a video on the Checkup Newsroom.
Your Voice Matters! Why You Should Complete the Patient Satisfaction Survey Too
If your child is treated at Cook Children's, you are part of our patient family. So, please don't hesitate to complete the survey that comes your way after a visit. Your honest feedback is invaluable. And let's not forget our extended family members – if they bring their child to Cook Children's, kindly encourage them to participate in the survey as well. Every single response counts in helping us understand how we are doing as a system.
PHOTOS: Cooling Off Together at Beat the Heat Sweet Treat Events
We're having a great time celebrating summer at ice cream social events. Here are employees at the main campus enjoying a variety of flavors of treats, and taking a moment to cool off and connect with your colleagues. Check out some photos of employees having fun together at the Rosedale Office Building and the Fort Worth Medical Center on Wednesday, as the temperature soared to 105 degrees.
Our series on the 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.
Meet Amber Harkey, BSN, RN, CPN, who has worked on the respiratory and infectious disease floor at the Fort Worth Medical Center for seven years. She cares for patients with cystic fibrosis and says she gets to know all about their lives and families. She says the most rewarding part is sending kids home after helping them through a particularly rough time, such as the babies with RSV.
To read more about Amber, and learn more about our incredible nurses at Cook Children's, click here to view the 2022 Nursing Annual Report.
Blood Drive: The Need for Blood Is Constant
Donating blood is an easy process. You can sit back and relax while you help save children's lives. Giving blood is a generous act that helps patients in our community get the blood transfusions they need.
PHOTOS: Steve's Visit to Prosper
Steve, from Sit…Stay…PLAY!, the Cook Children's facility dog program, made a special visit to the Cook Children's Medical Center-Prosper. The Sit...Stay…PLAY! team is a crew of happy and helpful golden retrievers, golden doodles and labrador retrievers who are professionally trained. A team of Cook Children's employees have been trained as the dogs' handlers, and each day the dogs come to work to serve as part of our therapeutic environment.
Steve believes he is a lap dog, loves to make people laugh and loves any opportunity to play fetch. See more photos of Steve's visit to Prosper on the Cook Children's Facebook page.