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Connect Newsletter (Feb. 1, 2024)


Connect Newsletter                                       
Feb. 1, 2024

Celebrating Roots: Black History Month Celebrates the Enduring Importance of Family 

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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. 

In the spirit of our Culture Platform, which encourages us to treat everyone “Like Family,” this year's Black History Month theme is “We Are Family.” Activities will center around on how we all share and live out that focus at work, at home, at school and in the community.

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. 

Find more details here on the Connect Newsroom. 


ICYMI: Important Update Regarding Your W-2 for Tax Year 2023

ImportantReminder-4We 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. 

The revised form accurately reflects your total HSA contributions, including both the employer and employee portions in Box 12W. 

You can download the revised W-2C form, which includes the accurate information in Box 12W, along with your original W-2, from your Year End Tax documents in Workday. Please note that you will need both copies, the original W-2 and the W-2C, when filing your taxes. 

We understand that tax season can be stressful. We apologize again for any confusion this may have caused and appreciate your understanding. If you have any questions, please send an email to Payroll


Patient Artist's Tree of Love Shirt

tree of life t shirt patient artistHere’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.


EC_Jan31_CookNetGraphicEmployees 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

  • medical educationConsidering going back to school to advance your education? Please click here to find guidelines for completing academic/clinical hours at Cook Children’s.
  • Did you know? The Medical Education Department reinvests in our community to make Fort Worth the healthiest place for children to grow up by affiliating with three local medical schools and 14 residency programs. An additional four new residency programs will start this year. They are: JPS Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, BSW All Saints Surgery, Texas Rehabilitation Hospital Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Texas Tech Pediatrics.  Read more here.

Sign Up is Open for Process Improvement Programs

Process improvement graduationProcess 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”

toastmasters-logo-for-main-imageThe 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. 

You're invited to an event at noon on Feb. 21 in the Family Support Meeting Center A & B at Medical Center-Fort Worth to celebrate the success of the club and see what Toastmasters is all about. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30 a.m. Space is limited, and you must RSVP by Feb. 16 by sending an email to bluecastlecollaborators@gmail.com


Deadline to Register for Spring Primary Elections Nears: Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

Vote handoutElections 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

Let's Vote!

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.


Screenshot Dr. Goff embryologyPool 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.” 

Read more in an article and watch a video here.


DSC04474At 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? 

Here’s the easiest way to distinguish them: Occupational Health treats work-related injuries, while CareATC treats primary care medical needs including illnesses and chronic conditions.

Read more on the Connect Newsroom.


cc_raisingjoypod_cooknet_01Season 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.

Tune in to hear from Kevin Wilkes, M.D., a Cook Children's cardiologist, on Tuesday Feb. 6. Find Episode 66 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts

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.