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Connect Newsletter (July 20, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
July 20, 2023

New Cooknet cover Now's The Time to Create Your New CookNet Site

As we move toward the official launch of our new, more CookNet, now is the time to begin populating the site.

We need all departments, locations and groups who previously had a CookNet site or are requesting a new one to go through training. Choose at least two people from your area who'll be responsible for going through training, uploading and maintaining your new CookNet information.

If you have any content that resides on the original CookNet (legacy/old site), click here for the Content Request Form - PowerApps, to begin the intake process of building out your new pages and presence on the site. Learn more and watch an informative video about the new CookNet site here.

Our Newest CookNet Sites 

We are excited to continue to grow our New CookNet Intranet site. Please take a moment to view our new sites/pages and bookmark them as needed:


Mass Casuality Drill‘Practice Makes Perfect’: Cook Children's Medical Center - Fort Worth Conducts Mass Casualty Drill

“We hope we don't ever get this call. We hope we don't ever see an influx of injured patients or patients into our ED, but we want our staff as prepared as possible. And what's the best way to prepare them? It's to drill realistically,” said Kaysey Pollan, Director of Safety & Emergency Management. See how real things got when Cook Children's conducted a mass casualty disaster drill on Friday, July 14.


Abbi LamphereTSRC Specialty Practitioner of the Year Award - Abbi Lamphere

Please congratulate our very own Abbi Lamphere, Teddy Bear Transport Respiratory Therapist, when you see her on receiving the Texas Society for Respiratory Care (TRSC) Specialty Practitioner of the Year Award on July 7th at the TSRC 52nd Annual State Convention.


Nursing: Embracing Our Values

Nursing Values Rachel HarlessjpgOur series on the Cook Children's values continues. Today we are spotlighting how our amazing nurses are able to live our values every day in their special role by highlighting the value of Collaboration. 

Meet Rachel Harless, BSN, RN, who has been on both sides of the hospital – as a patient and now a nurse. 

“Being in the hospital as a kid, you learn that the people around you make a difference in your day,” Rachel said. “That makes me want to be a better nurse.”

To learn more about our incredible nurses at Cook Children's, click here to view the 2022 Nursing Annual Report. 


employees care summer pushEmployees Care: Summer 2023

Generosity is part of the Cook Children’s culture. As an employee, you impact patient care every day. As an Employees Care donor, you become an even bigger part of our patients’ journeys, making their experience at Cook Children’s even more magical. 

If you have not already made a donation this year, we want to encourage you to give today. All employees who donate will receive the 2023 Employees Care t-shirt as a thank you for your generous gift.* For employees who make an hOUR kid donation, they will receive a premium thank you gift. 

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


Reverse Opioid Overdose with Naloxone (Narcan®)

The Cook Children's Retail Pharmacies in Fort Worth and Prosper carry naloxone.

Naloxone, also called Narcan®, is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications. Click here for complete information. 

Pharmacy info


Care Share Image for July 17Care Share Update

As of July 17, 2023

Our goal is to reach the 86% mark for a “likelihood to recommend" and we are currently at 85.6%.  We are recovering from the surge last fall and over the winter, but we have made significant progress since then.  Please continue to monitor this page to see where we are at in reaching our goal because we all want the opportunity to earn our Care Share bonus in November.



DSC_0417_editedThank You, Generous Blood Drive Donors

Employees rolled up their sleeves for a July 17 blood drive with our colleagues at Carter BloodCare, who collected a total of 40 units at the event at Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth. That’s 110 lives touched by our donations!

In all, 42 donors participated, and Carter collected 35 whole blood units (turned into 3 products at Carter), 2 double red cells (4 units of blood) and one plasma unit. 

Please save the date for upcoming blood drives on Aug. 18 at the Rosedale Office Building (ROB) and Oct. 23 at the Fort Worth Medical Center. 


generic peak performersKudos to Our June 2023 Peak Performers

We are so proud of our employees who have been recognized for their excellence. Thank you for your outstanding contributions to Cook Children's and for being willing to always go the extra mile to help our patient families and colleagues. You are an inspiration to us all. Find out who the recipients are here.



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