Connect Newsletter (Feb. 1, 2024)
Feb. 1, 2024
Celebrating Roots: Black History Month Celebrates the Enduring Importance of Family
Black History Month is a celebration of African American heritage and achievement that takes place each February across the nation. Here at Cook Children’s, we value the experiences of each employee and their hard work to uphold Our Promise to patients and their families.
The Black/African American Employee Resource Group (ERG) has a series of events and programming lined up for employees and patient families, including menus featuring Southern favorites, an opportunity for alumni to wear gear from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Black fraternities and sororities.
In addition, we've rescheduled activities that were planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which were postponed due to inclement weather. There will be opportunities at both the Medical Center-Fort Worth and Medical Center-Prosper, and our satellite offices, to drop by and make creative activity books or cards for patients and their siblings.
ICYMI: Important Update Regarding Your W-2 for Tax Year 2023
We want to let you know about a correction made to your W-2 for tax year 2023. We recently discovered that Box 12W of your original W-2 form did not include the employee portion of your Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions.
Patient Artist's Tree of Love Shirt
Here’s a chance to get a beautiful shirt designed by a patient and support the Creative Arts program at Cook Children’s. The patient artist, Anna, says she finds courage in all walks of life and feels love can heal everything. She believes that the purpose of her art is “sharing love.”
The Tree of Love shirt is $28 comes in sizes small to 3XL. It is available at the Enchanted Castle Gift Shop at Medical Center-Fort Worth. Her art was selected by the Creative Arts program based on the colorful wintry design and Anna's sweet message, says Sydney Peel, Resident Artist. A portion of the sales of the shirt goes back to supporting the Creative Arts program to provide more therapeutic art activities for our patients.
Employees Care is Now Open
Employees Care 2024 is open and ready for your donation. Whether you donate per pay period or one-time, your donations directly impact those we care for.
“I feel that a lot of times people think my dollar won’t count – but it does count, it makes a difference," a grateful patient's mom says. "Every single cent donated to Cook Children’s goes to so many amazing resources at Cook Children’s. Thank you for believing in us and for believing we will get better."
Please visit the Employees Care page on CookNet to make your donation today.
I give to make a difference.
News from Academic & Medical Education
Sign Up is Open for Process Improvement Programs
Process Improvement has openings in their upcoming Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification program and Lean Practitioner certification program.
To view a sample syllabus, certification roadmap, and sign up to be added to the enrollment waitlist visit the Certification Program page on CookNet.
Blue Castle Collaborators “Charterversary”
The Blue Castle Collaborators Toastmasters club will celebrate its second “Charterversary” on Feb. 21. Two years ago, Blue Castle Collaborators was started by a group of individuals who were dedicated to developing their leadership and public speaking skills. Now, BCC consists of a strong group of 23 members who meet twice a month. At meetings prepared speeches are given, impromptu speaking skills are practiced, and evaluations are provided that allow for members' continuous growth.
Deadline to Register for Spring Primary Elections Nears: Monday, Feb. 5, 2024
Elections are approaching, and your voice always counts. The deadline to register for the March 5 Primary Election is coming up on Monday, Feb. 5. It is easy to check your voter registration status or register to vote online. Here’s how:
Verify or Register:
Already registered? Check your status at Texas Voter Registration: https://www.votetexas.gov/.
Need to register? It's simple! Visit Texas Voter Registration: https://www.votetexas.gov/ and complete the application in a few clicks.
Deadline: Feb. 5, 2024
Exercising your right to vote is one of our most important responsibilities as citizens. Voting ensures you have a voice in deciding the leaders who will make decisions that impact each of our personal and professional lives, from education, to healthcare, to economic security. One vote can make a difference.
Pool Noodles and PVC Pipes: Teaching Students about Embryology
Cook Children’s physicians David Goff, M.D., and his wife Karen Goff, M.D., teach embryology at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU. They have created a unique, 3-D approach to teaching a complex medical topic: embryology, which is the branch of biology and medicine concerned with the study of embryos and their development. They use Styrofoam, pool noodles, PVC pipes and other gadgets to help students learn.
“Embryology is a difficult topic to understand,” Dr. David Goff said. “Most students have never been introduced to embryology before and some students have trouble visualizing when we just use slides and videos. Our idea was to use something they could see, they could touch and that they could interact with.”
At Your Service: Occupational Health and CareATC
Workplace benefits at Cook Children’s give employees access to Occupational Health and CareATC for help with your health concerns. But what’s the difference between the two sites?
Season 4 of Raising Joy podcast kicks off on Feb. 6
February is Heart Month and on the upcoming episode of the Raising Joy podcast will explore the link between heart health and mental health, specifically for kids with congenital heart defects.
The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental well-being of children and teens.