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Connect Newsletter (June 16, 2022)

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June 16, 2022

U.S. News and World Report Names Six Cook Children's Specialty Programs among Top in the Country

Cook Children’s Health Care System has successfully achieved six rankings in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital list for 2022-2023. This is an impressive and exciting jump from 2021 when Cook Children’s ranked nationally in two specialty categories.

The report, which was released on Tuesday, June 14, uses clinical data to measure patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing. Out of 284 children’s hospitals in the U.S., only 90 ranked in at least one of the 10 pediatric specialties evaluated. The following six Cook Children’s specialties were named among the top programs:

  • Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery - #29 in the nation 
  • Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology - #38 in the nation 
  • Pediatric Orthopedics - #41 in the nation 
  • Pediatric Pulmonology and Lung Surgery - #43 in the nation 
  • Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery - #48 in the nation 
  • Pediatric Cancer - #50 in the nation

US News and World Report


stock-photo-closeup-of-business-team-putting-their-hands-on-top-of-each-other-125165846.jpgIntroducing the Cook Children's ID&E Task Force

Thank you so much to every single person who applied for the employee-driven Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (ID&E) Task Force. 

We received a significant response of interest in joining and we are grateful to have such an engaged and passionate workforce!

Meet the 14 individuals who complete the first-ever Cook Children's ID&E Task Force.

We are so excited to share this group's work and strategy once completed. Please stay tuned for more! 


Stan Story“It's Not About You Anymore. It's About Them.” A Father's Day Message from Stan and Trinity Davis

This year is a special Father's Day as it happens to fall on Juneteenth. 

We spoke to Stan Davis, our Chief Operating Officer at Cook Children's, and Trinity Davis, his 16-year-old daughter and a volunteer at Cook Children's. 

They reflect on Father's Day and the importance of it falling on June 19. Please take five minutes out of your day to watch this special video.


Juneteenth Falls On Father's Day This Year. Why That Seems Fitting For Me.

Clement WashingtonThis year’s celebration of Juneteenth falls on Father’s Day – an occurrence that won’t happen again until 2033, 2044 and 2050.

For many of us, June 19 will be a day of celebration; however, for numerous others, including me, it will be a time of reflection.

I will think about my father, Clement Washington, who was the calming influence in our family. My mother was a character, full of vim and vigor.

Read more from Wini King, Chief of Communications, Inclusion, Equity and Diversity at Cook Children's.


noah coverActive Criminal Event Overview: Know How to Safely Report and Respond

Please take the time watch this  20-minute video from  Noah Sullivan, safety and security training and exercise coordinator. Noah shares an overview and top highlights of the Active Criminal Event course. You will learn how to recognize, report and respond to an Active Criminal Event. 

As we've communicated to all Cook Children's employees, it is extremely important for staff to be prepared and ready for what was once the unthinkable. 

Three in-person courses are available for employees and are designed to promote awareness, defuse an escalating crisis, and respond to an active criminal event. Employees may register through ULearn on CookNet. (Hint: To locate the courses in ULearn, select the Courses tab, clear all filters, and enter “Noah” in the Search Courses field.) The courses are progressive and offered monthly at the Medical Center. Click here to watch.


COVID-19 Updates -blue sideSystem-Wide COVID-19 Update (June 16, 2022)

Please take the time to read our latest COVID-19 update with more information and clarification on inpatient visitor guidelines, as well as the latest news on business and personal travel.  



bowen-jallow coverKanika Bowen-Jallow, M.D., Delivers UTMB Commencement Address

On Saturday, June 4, Kanika A. Bowen-Jallow, M.D., pediatric surgeon at Cook Children's - Prosper, delivered the commencement address at her alma mater, The University of Texas Medical Branch. She inspired a new generation of diverse physicians by addressing mental health, diversity, the importance of finding meaningful work, gun violence and more.

Watch her full speech here.


cody coverMoving on Up: Cody Greenwood

When Cody Greenwood, DNP, RN, CCRN, CMTE, EMT, visited his best friend’s daughter in the Cook Children’s NICU, he knew that was the place he wanted to make a difference.

Nearly 30 years later, he has worked his way up from secretary in the NICU to clinical manager of Teddy Bear Transport.

“It has been quite a journey,” Cody said. “I had great mentors each step of the way who encouraged me to keep going. Cook Children’s has always been a place where people have the opportunity to grow into whatever they want to do.”

Read about Cody's incredible career journey at Cook Children's, which includes attending nursing school and getting a bachelor's and master's degree.


jan bolandJan Boland, LCSW, Recognized for Sickle Cell Work 

Cook Children's Hematology social worker Jan Boland, LCSW,  (pictured second from the right) was recognized by Carol’s Promise Sickle Cell Foundation for being an “advocate” for sickle cell that goes “over and beyond” for her warrior patients. 

Jan has been a social worker in Hematology at Cook Children's Medical Center since 2009 and during her time here, she has focused her attention on providing support, resources, and compassion to our sickle cell patients and their families. 

“We are so proud to have her on our team and grateful to the service that she provides to our sickle population," Clarissa Johnson, M.D., lead physician at Cook Children’s Sickle Cell Program said of Jan's award.

As we approach World Sickle Cell Day this Sunday, June 19, we also celebrate Jan and her incredible work!

starbucks Starbucks To Open from 6 a.m. to Noon On Weekends

Good news for all of our coffee drinkers! Beginning  Saturday, June 18, our Starbucks at the medical center will be open from 6 a.m. to noon on the weekends. 

We hope to extend our weekend hours in the future. 

Thank you and enjoy your coffee!



CCVG Habitat for HumanityIn Photos: Veteran's Group Volunteers With Habitat for Humanity

Members of the Cook Children's Veterans Group volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, June 4 and Saturday, June 11. The group helped with caulking, siding, trim and more. The first house was for a young couple with a small child, and the second house belongs to a family with seven children. 

See the photos of all their hard work here!

Thank you to this special group for going above and beyond outside of work to give back to our community!


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