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Connect Newsletter (Feb. 22, 2022)

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Feb. 22, 2022

COVID variantUpdated COVID Command Center Guidelines for Employees

Currently, the community level in Tarrant County remains high (Red), however, the hospitalization rates at Cook Children’s and DFW hospitals overall has greatly reduced. We are currently averaging 15 or fewer COVID-19 patients daily, with a seven-day average positivity rate in the single digits.

In consultation with Infectious Disease and Infection Control, the COVID Command Center Team is making several adjustments to our COVID Safety/Health protocols. Some of the changes include:

  • Allow meetings, tours and gatherings with a decrease in social distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet.
  • Allow employees to take their masks off while outside and be able to have walking meetings or exercise together outside without masks.
  • Resume domestic business travel on March 1, following all federal guidelines on mask wearing. Continue the pause on international business travel.
  • We are not allowing any family members or friends onsite to visit at this time. We must still limit the number of people on campus as much as possible.

Click here to read all of the new adjustments.

We will continue to monitor community and hospital rates related to patients and employees and recommend updates as conditions change. 

Winter WeatherWinter Weather Update

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect Wednesday and Thursday, Feb.  23-24, across North Texas. Areas most likely to experience significant freezing rain and sleet are to the north and northwest of the DFW metroplex; however, there could certainly be icy travel and slick bridges and overpasses in the nearby area.

A wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet will spread across the region on Wednesday, with another round of wintry weather expected on Thursday. Ice accumulation of one-tenth to two-tenth of an inch will be possible within the advisory area, resulting in hazardous driving conditions. 

If you are coming into work, please drive safely! Please continue to check back to this page and also the homepage of CookNet for any new information.

Employees CareA Message From Nancy Cychol: Our 2022 Employees Care Initiative

We’ve passed the half-way point of our 2022 Employees Care initiative. With a participation goal of 4,000 employees giving back to Employees Care, we’ve already reached 68% of that goal. And there’s still time to give!

As we enter the final week to make your donation, Nancy Cychol, chief of hospital services and affiliate ventures, shares more about Employees Care 2022.

Theresa MeadowsBreaking Barriers: Theresa Meadows Blazes New Trail for Women in IT

Theresa Meadows’ journey into the IT space was supposed to be a temporary two-year stint. Instead, it ignited a passion for health care IT that has led her to become the chief information officer here at Cook Children's. 

No matter how big or small challenges are, Theresa is set on moving technological mountains to improve health outcomes for children in North Texas. 

“We do about 100 projects per year on average and we did not lose any momentum during the pandemic, which is hard to believe," Theresa said. "The whole team worked really hard. It was stressful and exciting at the same time. We did some really creative things and learned a lot. Now we are looking at how we can maintain what we did.”

Click here to watch a video and learn more about Theresa's visionary leadership.


ProsperCast - Feb. 24 Tune in to Cook Children's ProsperCast on Zoom this Thursday, Feb. 24 

You're invited to join us for one of two ProsperCasts this Thursday, Feb. 24! 

Hear from leaders at the Prosper campus and within Human Resources to learn about the latest news and updates regarding Cook Children's Medical Center Prosper. 

There are two different sessions this Thursday via Zoom: 

  • 1-1:30 p.m.  (1300-1330)
  • 8-8:30 p.m.  (2000-2030)

Please email us​ for the Zoom link to attend. 

stock-photo-podcast-microphone-laptop-computer-camera-and-headphones-on-desk-in-recording-studio-1974798173.jpgWe Want to Know: Would You Listen To A Cook Children's Podcast for Employees?

We always want to provide you with the latest information, but we know you are busy and on the go, and it is not always easy to find time to read every newsletter or email that comes your way. 

With your time in mind, would you be interested in hearing a Cook Children's Podcast where you can listen to the latest Cook Children’s news of interest to employees, hear from our leaders and let our employees tell their own stories?

We want to hear from you! Please leave a comment on this article and/or respond to our poll on CookNet. 

Happy Retirement!

Please join us in recognizing the upcoming retirements below! 

Louise Golden, office manager, Case Management (pictured left) is retiring from the system on Tuesday, March 1, after more than 23 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Louise a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by March 1. 

Pam Foster, director, Pastoral and Spiritual Care, (pictured right) is retiring from the system on Friday, March 4, after more than 17 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Dr. Foster a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by March 4. 

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