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Connect Newsletter (Jan. 18, 2024)


Connect Newsletter                                       
Jan. 18, 2024

The Big Chill: Your Questions Answered About Winter Weather Policies

winter weather DSC09664We hope everyone is staying safe and warm during this week’s chilly weather. We’ve compiled a quick look at some questions and answers about inclement weather policies and procedures at Cook Children’s. Find the article here on the Connect Newsroom.

Also: did you make use of sleep accommodation resources this week due to the weather? We would love to hear how the process worked for you. Send us your feedback at InternalCommunications@CookChildrens.org.  

PHOTOS: Warm Hearts Through Wind and Frigid Temps

Even the most biting winter wind couldn't dim the warmth and dedication we witnessed firsthand this week. Crews cleared snow for employees and visitors driving and walking at the Medical Center-Fort Worth, and some staff members stayed before or after their shifts to ensure care continued for our patient families. 

To each staff member who braved the cold, we express our deepest gratitude for your dedication. View photos here.



Who Are Our December 2023 Peak Performers?

generic peak performersCongratulations to our December 2023 Peak Performers. Thank you for your amazing work in quality, safety and service.

Click here to view the recipients on a new CookNet page dedicated to Peak Performers. (You must be on the network to view.)


Prosper PICU Now in its Long-Term Home


When Cook Children’s Medical Center – Prosper opened a year ago, there was an empty space on the second floor. Now, on the facility’s one year anniversary, the 10-bed pediatric intensive care unit moved into a new space specifically built to care for the hospital’s sickest patients and their families.

Previously, the PICU had been temporarily situated on the fifth floor. Kevin Greene, Vice President and Administrator at Cook Children’s Medical Center – Prosper, said the new PICU occupies 26,021 square feet on the second floor. Nine additional months of construction went into the new PICU, which is strategically positioned near the operating rooms and infusion center.

Read the story here on Checkup.



Q and A with Michael Fitch, D.O.: Occupational Health Physician

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Michael Fitch, D.O., started as Cook Children’s new Occupational Health Physician in July. We sat down to talk about his background in the Navy, North Texas roots and how he’s settling in at Cook Children’s.

“There is a high culture of safety at Cook Children’s. There’s a lot of investment into employees’ safety, even behind the scenes,” he said. “Sometimes there is a tug-of-war between safety and senior management, but that’s not the case here. Everyone is safety-minded here.”

Read more here on the Connect Newsroom.



Let's Ride! Tickets Are Now Available for Cook Children's Day at the Rodeo

CCDATR24 Rodeo CookNet Graphic-01Cook Children's Day at the Rodeo is saddlin' up on Jan. 31, and you're invited. Come on down with your family, friends and coworkers for rodeo thrills, dusty boots, and big Texas smiles. Half of the proceeds will support our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, helping to give these brave babies the care they need to thrive. Let's fill the arena with laughter, cheers, and a heartfelt commitment to our youngest cowboys and cowgirls.

Click here for the details.


Update about Parking at the Rosedale Office Building 

garage LotWe wanted to make everyone aware of a change made at the ROB Parking Garage this week. As our workstyles have evolved with more hybrid and remote options, the ROB Steering Committee has identified an opportunity to elevate our parking options.

Effective Jan. 15, 2024, we’ve moved to a first-come, first-served system for most of the ROB garage. This means even more flexibility and accessibility for everyone!

AVPs and above will continue to have reserved spots on the first and second floors. In addition, designated visitor parking on the first floor will remain in place.

This updated system reflects the lower garage occupancy and aims to offer more availability for the majority of ROB employees.

With this change, we want to address a few key areas:

If you are a Cook Children’s employee parking at the ROB: Please park in the first empty spot you find on the second floor and above that is not reserved.

If you are a Cook Children’s contractor or vendor: We ask that if you are arriving at the ROB for a quick meeting, please use visitor parking. If you are at Cook Children’s on a consistent basis and here for an extended period of time, please find an available parking space in the ROB that is not reserved.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we implement this change. We're confident this new system will contribute to a smoother and more flexible parking experience for all ROB employees.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to the ROB Steering Committee via the Internal Communications email address.

Thank you.


Webinar Explains How and Why to Save for Retirement

january fidelity EDITSaving small amounts of your income over time is a powerful way to prepare for retirement. Join the experts from Fidelity on Tuesday, Jan. 23, to learn the importance of saving for the future. The webinar will also cover key things to know about IRAs, Health Savings Accounts and brokerage accounts. 

Tuesday, Jan. 23, Webinar: Retirement Basics (30 minutes) 

Register for 9 a.m. session
Register for 2 p.m. session

As a benefit to Cook Children’s employees, you’ll earn 100 Virgin Pulse Points for attending the webinar. Points may be cashed in for gift cards through our wellness program. 


DSC09551PHOTOS: Jane Justin School Blazes a Trail of Fun and Fundraising

 Every year, the spirit of Jane Justin School's mascot comes alive at its Trailblazer Day. This year, the 11th annual event, was a joyous celebration of learning, community, and good old-fashioned fun. Families completed art projects, had lessons from a genuine cowboy on how to rope bulls, and enjoyed a petting zoo. The day ended with a friendly chili cook-off. 

Check out the photos here.



CRNA-Week-Social-1-1200x630-1News from Around Cook Children's 


  • National Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Week is Jan. 21-27, and gives the healthcare community and the greater public the opportunity to reflect on the heroic work and unique expertise of CRNAs. Did you know that Cook Children's has 71 CRNAs? Learn more about CRNAs.
  • Giving blood saves lives. You're invited to participate in a blood drive at the Medical Center-Fort Worth on Feb. 12.  Sign up is now open here.
  • Registration is available for the Research Symposium scheduled for Feb. 29 - March 1. This event will highlight innovative research studies that have been conducted across the Cook Children’s Health Care System by various investigators. These studies have influenced clinical practices, improved quality initiatives, and have contributed immensely to the scientific community.  Register for in-person or recording only.