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Connect Newsletter (Jan. 23, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
Jan. 23, 2023

Cook Children's Medical Center Prosper Opening 1 (8)VIDEO: Inside Opening Day at Cook Children's Medical Center-Prosper

The first day of our new Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper on Jan. 9 was filled with excitement, anticipation and wonder, as teams began to welcome and care for our first patients and their families. 

What was it like to be there?  The air was filled with the sounds of employees collaborating, cheers, and the ringing of celebratory cowbells.  

“I can’t put into words how hard we’ve worked. I am so proud of everyone’s hard work and dedication. I think everyone is excited to deliver our care and make this a center of excellence and I am really proud to be a part of it,” said Courtney Horton, MD, Medical Director, Emergency Department, Cook Children’s Medical Center – Prosper.

Watch the video


social media policyImportant Reminders About Cook Children's Social Media Policy & Patient Privacy

Here are a few 101 reminders: We wanted to take a moment to review our social media policy with you. As a staff member of Cook Children's, you are a vital representative of our system. We know you are proud of the work that’s done here and we encourage everyone to share anything our public relations team posts on our social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

We also want to always be respecting and abiding by patient privacy at all times (HIPAA). Employees should never post any pictures or videos of a patient or a family on their own, and we should never release information about a patient’s medical condition on our personal social media channels.

One more important note: We should never access patients’ medical records (Epic, etc.) without proper authorization and it being necessary to perform our job duties.

Please take a moment to review our social media policy. You must be on the network to view the policy.


COVID-19 UpdatesCOVID-19 Update

We haven’t written much about COVID lately, so wanted to provide everyone with a quick update.

Members of our Command Center continue to meet with our Infectious Diseases specialists and monitor the positivity rates among our patients, employees and communities.

Before we get to the updates, we wanted to remind everyone that COVID-19 boosters are available near you. To find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you: Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233.

Our infectious diseases doctors, and other experts in the field, agree that this current, updated booster is effective against COVID-related hospitalization. n

Our infectious diseases doctors, and other experts in the field, agree that this current, updated booster is effective against COVID-related hospitalization.

Not much has changed from our most recent update in November 2022, but we do have a clarification on meetings:

  • Vaccinated employees do not have to wear masks when attending meetings.
  • Food and drink may be served at these meetings.
  • You may invite visitors who are not from Cook Children’s to meetings. However, we ask that you limit visitors from outside our organization to 25 people. We recommend that all visitors are vaccinated.
  •  We want to clarify that only visitors for professional reasons should be invited to our campus. Please do not bring family members or friends to work with you.

Otherwise, here are a few reminders for you:

  • Vaccinated employees are only required to wear face masks when providing direct patient care. Direct patient care still requires the addition of eye protection.
  • Direct patient care includes hands-on, face-to-face contact with patients and families for the purpose of diagnosis, transport of patients, treatment and monitoring.
  • Employees may choose to wear a mask any time they wish. Please use your own personal judgment to assess when a mask is needed outside of direct care. We want you to always feel safe.

Vaccine-exempt employees must continue to wear proper masks at all times while at work. This fulfills the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirement stating we must implement additional precautions to mitigate the transmission and spread of COVID-19 for all staff who are not vaccinated.

  • Patients and visitors are ONLY required to wear face masks in the following areas:
    • Waiting rooms AND treatment areas for the Emergency Department, Hematology/Oncology and Urgent Care Centers.

Masking is always required for people experiencing respiratory symptoms or those who have been exposed to COVID in the past 10 days.

We will continue to monitor community rates and employee COVID-19 infection rates. If we see a rise in COVID, we could return to more strict masking guidelines.


Outstanding Nurse, Great Leader


DeborahRubinson_colorcorrectedAfter more than four decades of service to children Deborah Rubinson, DNP, RN, reflects on her career and passion for bringing ideas, challenges and upgrades to Cook Children’s Health Care System.  Read all about her journey and what she's learned along the way. 

“Cook Children’s is a gift to this community,” she said with a smile. “I am humbled to have been part of making it that much better.”



Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Week

CRNA week scroll Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) Week started on Jan. 22. This is a time to celebrate and appreciate our registered nurses with specialized training in anesthesia. They excel in safely getting our patients sleeping and pain free and deliver incredible care before, during, and after procedures. CRNAs work collaboratively with anesthesiologists, surgeons, and proceduralists to ensure that each anesthetic meets the needs of each patient. CRNAs also respond to hospital emergencies.

Cook Children’s has 47 CRNAs, with five more in the onboarding process, and they work in more than 45 locations. They are one of the largest groups of Advanced Practice Providers at Cook Children’s. CRNAs are involved in every anesthetic, from closed reductions of broken bones, to kidney transplants, to complicated congenital heart cases. Last year, CRNAs administered nearly 30,000 anesthetics in 2022, and nearly 38,000 narcotics.

If you see a CRNA this week, offer them a hello and a special thank you for all they do!



Happy Lunar New Year 

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Lunar New Year on Jan. 22 marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit. Lunar New Year, which signifies the first new moon in the lunar calendar, is an important holiday to millions of people and is traditionally celebrated as a national holiday in China and East and Southeast Asian countries. 

Watch this video to hear from physicians at Cook Children's explaining what Lunar New Year is, why it's important and the cultural significance of the upcoming year

We've made these new Ecards for you to send good fortune to the employees at Cook Children’s that recognize and celebrate the Lunar New Year! Look for the Lunar New Year Ecards by going to the CookNet homepage, then navigating to the Ecard page and finding the holiday dropdown tab. (You must be on the network to access this page.)



Western Dress Day is Feb. 1


CCDATR T-shirt front and backLet’s celebrate Fort Worth’s western heritage and the Annual Stock Show & Rodeo by dressing up in our finest cowboy wear. You’re encouraged to dress up in your favorite boots, blue jeans and bandanas. Have fun, but remember to dress appropriately for our little buckaroos! 

Show your spirit by wearing special rodeo T-shirts – they are on sale now in Build-A-Bear at the Fort Worth campus. You can get them in both short and long sleeve styles. All proceeds benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Order them here.


Cook Children's Day at the Rodeo  

CCDATR T-shirt designIt’s stock show time, y’all. Tickets for Cook Children’s Day at the Rodeo are on sale now. Make plans to bring your cowboys and cowgirls to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on Wed., Feb. 1, 2023. Half of the proceeds from ticket sales to the Feb. 1 performance benefit the tiniest Texans at Cook Children’s Level IV NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tickets are available at the box office or online: www.fwssr.com

The event includes performances by talented members of the Cook Children’s family. You’ll see patient Landon Nolty perform the national anthem. And show your grounds or rodeo admission to watch Sonny and Jolie Burgess perform in The Corkyard before and after the rodeo performance.

Come one, come all! 


Excellence in Nursing

Two of our nurses were selected for the prestigious 2022 Graduate Nursing Student Academy PhD-DNP Collaboration Excellence Award for their submission: “The Magic of Collaboration and Innovation! A PhD-DNP-Led Center forAward Photo_Van Orne_Branson Nursing Excellence and Innovation to Promote Nursing Science and Sustain Practice Changes.”

Congratulations to Julie Van Orne, EBP/QI Coordinator and a Ph.D. student at Texas Woman’s University in Houston and Kaylan Branson, Director of Nursing Quality and Magnet and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

They received the competitive award at the 2023 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Education Conference in Coronado, Calif. on Jan. 19, 2023.

This award is granted in recognizing excellence in collaboration among students in Ph.D. and DNP Programs.




Raising Joy: We Want Your Feedback

raisingjoyep351The Raising Joy podcast is nearly one year old! 

We would love to hear from our listeners. This short one to two minute survey is anonymous and intended to help guide the Cook Children's Joy Campaign and the podcast as we strive to create engaging and meaningful content for our community.

Go here to complete this short survey.

Listen to the latest episode here, an important conversation about improving the medical response to kids experiencing a mental health crisis.


Bright horizonsBright Horizons Back-Up Care


Holidays, early school release days and early morning meetings – all can cause a breakdown in your normal child or adult care arrangements. As an employee benefit, Cook Children’s offers Bright Horizons Care Advantage, a service that provides reliable back-up child and elder care when you need it. Read all about it.



Tip Your Hat to Our December Peak Performers

december peak performers (1)Congratulations to our Peak Performers from December 2022. Great job on all you do!

Please know that your hard work does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate you modeling our values: Respect, Kindness, Collaboration, Imagination, Safety and Generosity.

Find out who is on the list.



Ash Wednesday Is February 22

You may see employees and others with ashy gray marks in the sign of a cross on the forehead. This is a Christian observance which represents the first day of Lent, a 40-day period before Easter.




Feedback Wanted! 

If you have a suggestion or a contribution for this newsletter, please email us here: InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org.