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Feb. 17, 2022

2021 nursing annual report2021 Nursing Annual Report

The World Health Organization (WHO) extended the Year of the Nurse into 2021 and the past year brought even more challenges for our staff to overcome. 

As the pandemic proved relentless, the nurses at Cook Children’s proved resilient. They faced ever-changing pandemic processes with strength and courage and remained dedicated to providing the highest quality care despite ongoing adversity.

Highlights of the 2021 Nursing Annual Report include:

  • Becoming the first freestanding pediatric hospital in North Texas, and 10th in the world, to receive the prestigious Magnet designation four consecutive times 
  • Making history with the COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Being the only pediatric hospital in Texas to receive the coveted Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA);
  • Working to remove the stigma of mental health care; and so much more!

Read the full 2021 Nursing Annual Report here.

Prosper Specialists Black History Month:  Cook Children's Prosper Specialists Share Their Experiences

The theme for Black History Month 2022 focuses on the importance of African American health and wellness and acknowledges the legacy of Black scholars, medical practitioners and health care workers. 

As we celebrate this February, five Black specialists at Cook Children's Pediatrics Specialties Prosper sit down to share their individual stories and unique journeys to get to where they are at now. 

We encourage you to watch their interviews here!

Director of Pastoral & Spiritual Care Announcement

Pam Foster, director of Pastoral and Spiritual Care, is retiring on Friday, March 4 after more than 17 years of service at Cook Children's. We will miss her but want to express our deepest gratitude and wish her peace in her retirement!

We are pleased to announce Jennifer Hayes has accepted the position of Director of Pastoral & Spiritual Care. Jennifer joined Cook Children’s in 2016 as the PICU Chaplain and additionally, since 2020, has served as the PRN Chaplain Supervisor.

Please join us in congratulating and supporting Jennifer in her new role and also thanking Pam for her service!

Pam Foster (300 × 532 px)Jennifer Hayes

blue peaks giving circleGrant Applications Are Open from Blue Peaks Giving Circle!

The Blue Peaks Giving Circle (a foundation philanthropic support group) is preparing to grant money for innovative projects with a high potential for results that will have clinical application and impact at the end of the grant period. 

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8. 

For more information on Blue Peaks Giving Circle and the grant application process, click here. 

phone callReminder: COVID-19 Center Hotline Closed on Weekends

As a reminder, the COVID-19 Center hotline is now closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 

If you need a COVID test while the center is closed on weekends, please page the on-call Infection Prevention nurse via Vocera, or the medical center operator, and they will schedule a test for you. Please note: It may take up to an hour for a return call, as the on-call Infection Prevention Nurse may not be at a computer. Do not call while in the drive-thru line.

Click here for more instructions.

Save a SmileFort Worth's Largest Toothbrush: Celebrating National Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children's Dental Health Month and Cook Children's is celebrating in a BIG way! If you're at the medical center campus in Fort Worth this month, check out Peaks with his toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss in the front drive. 

Sheela Patel, D.D.S, and Shawne Barron, D.D.S., M.S., pediatric dentists at Cook Children's Renaissance Neighborhood Clinic, recently shared oral health care tips for children with developmental and/or behavioral concerns. 

Save a Smile, a program under The Center for Children's Health led by Cook Children's, was featured on CBS 11 for providing free dental care to more than 40 children on Friday, Feb. 11 at Tarrant County College in Hurst. 

peak performer #1Peak Performers: First Quarter (October-December 2021)

It's time to recognize the quarterly Peak Performers for October through December 2021. 

Please join us in congratulating all of the Peak Performers for the first quarter of our 2022 fiscal year! 

Click here to see the Peak Performer recipients.

Recent Patient Safety Milestones to Recognize

Congratulations to 3 South and NICU for achieving important safety anniversaries!

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Toni Wilson photoHappy Retirement!

Please join us in recognizing Toni Wilson, RN, Telephone Triage, for more than 20 years of service to Cook Children's.

On Feb. 26, she is retiring from the System and we thank her for the many years of service and the dedication to Our Promise!

We encourage you to take a moment to send Toni a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by Feb. 26.

"Toni is an amazing example of the nursing professional we all aspire to be. Her quick thinking, calm manor, empathy, and compassion shine brightly over any patient and parent she meets. She never thinks twice about doing everything she can to ensure families feel heard and have a partner advocating for their child through any health crisis they encounter.  Many, many parents have taken the time to write to Cook’s explaining their wonderful experiences with Toni and how her presence comforted and guided them during their time spent with Cooks. Toni also has a great spirit for adventure and we wish her many joys as she follows her next path." - Andrea Holliman, Toni's manager

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Our Promise

Knowing that every child's life is sacred, it is the Promise of Cook Children's to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.