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Connect Newsletter (Feb. 8, 2024)


Connect Newsletter                                       
Feb. 8, 2024

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

ImportantReminder-1We 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 the Workday platform on New CookNet.  To find the forms go to the Menu, then Benefits & Pay, then Pay, then navigate to Tax.

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.


Additional Shift Differential Adjustments Effective Feb. 11

Update-10The Executive Review Committee (ERC) announced several adjustments to our shift and weekend differential pay in the fall. Since then, the Compensation team has reanalyzed the program, and an additional change is being made based on feedback and input from you - our employees. 

Please read more for the details.



Happy Lunar New Year: It's The Year of the Dragon

lunar new year-1Celebrate the Year of the Dragon! The Lunar New Year is a 15-day festival that begins on Feb. 10 in Chinese and other Asian cultures.

Here at Cook Children’s, our very own Peaks the Dragon is super excited for this namesake year. To show his excitement he’ll be around one day next week at the Medical Center-Fort Worth campus with goodies to share with our patient families. If you see him, say hello or Happy Lunar New Year.

To wish good fortune and show support to a Cook Children’s colleague, send an eCard! For the first time, Lunar New Year eCards are available now on Cooknet.

Learn more about Lunar New Year on the Connect Newsroom.


Ready for It? Wear Your Football Jersey This Weekend

super bowl jerseys-1Dear Reader, 

The “Big Game” is Sunday and sure maybe these two teams may have some Bad Blood against each other by the time we get to the End Game, but let’s Shake It Off and have some fun. After all, this is the Story of Us. 

You know All Too Well that you don’t have to wear a Cardigan this week. Wear a football jersey or tee shirt of your favorite team, or go against the grain and be an Anti-Hero, we’re good with it. We know one of the of these teams will have a Cruel Summer, whether it’s the San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Swifts, er Chiefs. 

You may be asking, Is It Over Now? It is. 

Have fun this week and cheer on your favorite team with Style. Now let’s leave some Blank Space until we get to the next article.


Raising Joy: We Want Your Questions

Wini and Dr Pyrc

During each episode of our Raising Joy podcast, our hosts, Wini King, Senior Vice President & Chief of Communications, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity and Kristen Pyrc, M.D., interview guests about topics such as depression, anxiety, stress, adverse childhood experiences, bullying and social media (to name a few). These thoughtful discussions empower parents with tools and strategies they can use to support their children, as well as themselves.

Now, it’s your turn to interview our hosts! Submit any questions you have about mental health, well-being, podcasting, or any other topic to InternalCommunications@CookChildrens.org. Wini and Dr. Pyrc will answer them in an upcoming episode.


Blue Peaks Giving Circle Grant Applications Open

Is your team seeking funding for an innovative project that has a high potential for results that will have clinical application and impact? Applications are open for support from the Blue Peaks Giving Circle, a foundation philanthropic support group. The deadline is March 8. 

All the details are here: 2023-24 Grant Applications (sharepoint.com) (You must be on the Network to view.)



Employees Care: 100% of Donations Benefits Our Patient Families 


“Giving exemplifies our ability to care. The kids of our communities deserve our hearts and our resources. They represent 100% of our future. Invest!” - Stan Davis, President, Cook Children’s Medical Center

Visit the Employees Care page on CookNet to make your donation today.

I give to make a difference.


Tracy Dunn - Ash WednesdaySpiritual Care Will Offer the Imposition of Ashes for Employees at Several Locations

Christians of various denominations and creeds observe Lent for 40 days leading up Easter. The first day of Lent is known as Ash Wednesday and falls on Feb. 14 this year. On Ash Wednesday, Christians often have ashes imposed on their forehead by a clergy person as they are encouraged to reflect on their own humanity and fast from self-indulgence as they prepare for the celebrations of Easter.   

Recognizing that many employees may not be able to participate in services within their own faith communities, Spiritual Care will offer the Imposition of Ashes for staff during these times:

  • Cook Children's Medical Center-Prosper Chapel: 1—2 p.m.
  • Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth Chapel: 8—9 a.m., 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m., 9:30 —10:30 p.m.
  • Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth Mediation Room: 3—4 p.m.
  • Rosedale Office Building (ROB), main lobby: 9:30—10:30 a.m.
  • Dodson 1, Second floor waiting area in front of the empty clinic space beside GI/Nutrition: 1:30—2 p.m.
  • Dodson 2, Second floor waiting area between Endocrinology and Urology: 2—2:30 p.m.
  • Calmont Office Building: 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m.
  • Meacham: 3:30—4 p.m.

For certain units, chaplains will be available to provide the imposition of ashes.  Keep a look out for communication directly from your unit's chaplain for times and location. Chaplains will communicate directly with their assigned units with an established time for offering in their area.

Spiritual Care is unable to accommodate individual requests from employees and staff to provide ashes.  All requests will be referred to the pre-established places and times in which imposition is available. Off-site locations are welcome to participate in the list above.  

Patients and families can request ashes from a chaplain during normal business hours.

Please reach out to Spiritual Care at 682-885-4030 with questions.


Get Involved: Black History Month at Cook Children's

MLK save the date 2-1 (1)This Black History Month, we invite you to take part in activities to learn about and recognize the contributions of Black Americans.

Here’s what’s going on next week:

  • Feb. 12-16 is Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Week. Employees who’ve attended an HBCU, have a family member who attended, or are a fan of any HBCU are encouraged to show their pride by wearing your HBCU’s gear all week long. Join us for a group picture at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the Atrium of Medical Center-Fort Worth.
  • Originally planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service last month, but postponed due to weather, events will now take place on Feb. 14 and 15. There are several opportunities for you to get involved, including creating encouragement cards for patients or making children's activity books. View the details here.

o   If you work in one of our satellite locations, we want you to participate, too! Take a picture and send it to us at: InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org


go redFebruary is Heart Month: Go Red

February is American Heart Month and on Friday, Feb. 2, Cook Children's Heart Center staff members rocked their red attire to support the American Heart Association and help raise awareness for women’s heart health. Why? Because losing even one woman to cardiovascular disease is too many. 

Learn about the many ways you can help save a life, both big and small:

  • Learn CPR. 
  • Know your numbers. Invite a friend to join you in starting a routine to regularly monitor your blood pressure. 
  • Make well-being work for you. Take a quiet moment alone to de-stress and practice self-care or reach out to a friend or mental health professional because your overall well-being is just as important as physical health. 
  • Raise awareness. Wear red this month and consider making a donation at WearRedDay.org to support women’s health. 

Learn about more ways you can be a lifesaver at GoRedforWomen.org