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Connect Newsletter (June 2, 2022)

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June 2, 2022

prosper blueprintDo You Want To Work at Prosper? We Want To Hear From You.

With the opening of the Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper around the corner, there will be several new positions that will need to be filled in the upcoming months. 

Our goal is to continue our Cook Children's culture at Prosper and the only way to do that is to have our people working there. 

So we want to hear from you! Are you interested in making the move? Please complete the form below to help us gauge interest. This information will be provided to our HR recruiters. We hope you will consider this new and  exciting opportunity.

You can view a list of the current Prosper job openings here. 


spiritual care meditiation roomChaplains Provide Spiritual Care to Employees Following Uvalde Shooting

The Meditation Room was open to employees on Friday, May 27 for a time of come-and-go lament, prayer, self-care stations, and a book to write staff of Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Please watch a recap video here. 

Thank you to all those who visited the Meditation Room, or emailed us your messages if you could not attend.

Click here for more resources following the Uvalde school shooting.


Mekka Livingston Receives Blue Star BannerHonoring Our Own: Blue Star Banner Given to Mekka Livingston

On Wednesday, May 18, the Cook Children’s Veterans Group presented Mekka Livingston, manager of Employee Relations, and her husband, John, with a Blue Star Banner and Build-A-Bear in honor of their son, Jacoby Livingston. 

Jacoby also works at Cook Children's as an anesthesia technician in the Medical Center. He is in the National Guard and is leaving in mid-June for his second deployment. 

John is a veteran himself, serving 11 years in the Navy and doing two tours. We are so thankful to John, Jacoby and Mekka for their dedication and sacrifice to our country and our organization. See more photos here!


Cook Children's Public Relations Wins Highest PR Awards in NYC

The Public Relations and Internal Communications team received Public Relations Society of America's highest honor at a ceremony in New York City on Thursday, May 19. The Cook Children's team won two Anvil Awards: 

  1. A Bronze Anvil Award for Feature Stories for Christmas in the COVID Units: A Rare Glimpse inside a Children's Hospital During the Pandemic.
  2. A Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation for Best Tactical Pivot: Modeled After the System's Brand Journalism Site, Cook Children's Response to COVID-19 Results in Pioneering Internal Newsroom that Connects Stakeholders More Effectively to the Organization.

Both awards were for the team's communication response during COVID-19.

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CLZ the musicalCLZ The Musical

Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. So is hanging out with your peers, expressing yourself creatively through art, music and writing, and there’s a lot to be said for recreation therapy. 

The CLZ makes all of this possible and more—all in a treatment-free zone for Cook Children's patients. 

The CLZ team recently produced an amazing musical tour of the Zone. Would you believe that musical was filmed all in one take?!

Raymond Turner and Katie Bourland wrote, sang and produced the original music, Courtney Rawls shot and edited the video and Abel Diaz directed.


Child Study Center Helped a Patient Navigate ADHD, Now He's Heading to TCU on a Full-Ride Scholarship

Moses came to the Cook Children’s Child Study Center in 2009 for an evaluation that diagnosed him with ADHD and disruptive behavior disorder. Through medication and therapies – targeting his anger and impulsiveness – Moses’ symptoms diminished while his self-discipline and academic success took off.

Moses gives credit to the medication and care he received at Cook Children’s to overcome the distractions and behavior problems when he was younger.

He’ll graduate in June from Fort Worth’s Benbrook Middle-High School, where he took rigorous courses such as Advanced Placement calculus, economics and engineering. He played football and wrestled, worked part-time, and won full-ride scholarships to study mechanical engineering at Texas Christian University.



dr keelie bruce and dr roxana naratEmployee Appreciation Month: Brain Break Winners, Twin Photos and Final Thank YOU!

We had a wonderful time last month celebrating all things Employee Appreciation and YOU! Our employees truly are our greatest asset. 

There were five regional cookouts, a cookout on the main campus and an event for the night shift. More than 800 employees had a fun evening of baseball, fireworks, family and friends at the Cook Children's Night at the Ballpark. We also received many Brain Break word search submissions, Peaks coloring pages, twinning photos and more. 

Congratulations to our five Brain Break winners! Each will receive a Starbucks gift card:

  • Alanna Baker 
  • Dianna English 
  • Rosa Esquivel 
  • April Castillo
  • Laronda Pittman 

Linda Davis Retirement PhotoHappy Retirement!

Please join us in recognizing the upcoming retirement below! 

Linda Davis, medical receptionist II, Neurology, is retiring from the system on Friday, June 3, after more than 14 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Linda a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by June 3.


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