Connect Newsletter (June 22, 2023)
June 22, 2023
We want to provide a quick update for you regarding this year's Care Share Bonus. As a reminder, our goal is to maintain the performance from FY 2022, and we are currently just short of meeting that goal.
Cook Children’s Health Care System has once again been recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation, earning five rankings in the U.S. News and World Report's Best Children’s Hospitals list for 2023-2024!
These Cook Children’s specialties were named among the top programs:
Congratulations to each of these deserving programs! We are grateful for our dedicated physicians, nurses and staff members who deliver the best patient care every day.
We have some great news to share with you! As part of the Cook Children's Modern Workplace project, we are introducing Microsoft 365 to make your work life even better. Microsoft 365 is a set of tools that will help you connect and collaborate with your colleagues in a modern and efficient way. Visit the site here.
Our 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 Safety.
At 18 years old, Nguyen Ha, BSN, RN, began volunteering in the Pharmacy at Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth. After spending time interacting with nurses while delivering medications, Nguyen immediately knew nursing was his calling. Nguyen cares for children on the medical/surgical floor with conditions ranging from RSV to flu. He says the most rewarding part of his job is seeing the children improve and go home. “I work to the best of my ability for every single patient and love the people I work with,” Nguyen said.
If anyone is having an especially hard day, Nguyen says the team steps in wherever they can from admitting patients to helping with medications. “Everyone who is involved with the patient care, including the Environmental Services staff who clean the room, plays a part in getting the children healthier,” Nguyen said.
As Nguyen works to earn a pediatric nurse practitioner degree, his goal is to stay at the hospital: “I think I’ll spend the rest of my life at Cook Children’s."
Internal Job Board Down Until July 1
Currently, the internal career site is not available to employees until Workday access is rolled out to everyone on July 1. If you are an internal candidate, please do not try to apply through the external Workday interface or the Careers page on cookchildrens.org until then. We will provide more information after July 1. Thank you!
This week's newsletter included the following:
Prosper: Our Experts Remind Adults to Double Check the Backseat for Children
Every year, children in Texas are prone to vehicular heatstroke. So far this year, eight children have died of vehicular heatstroke across the US, including a 4-year-old boy in Houston.
This week, Cook Children's and the Prosper Fire Department teamed up to remind parents about the dangers of hot cars. First responders showed a live demonstration at Cook Children's Medical Center-Prosper to simulate a 911 call and emergency response for a child left in a hot car.
After the demonstration, Emergency Department Physician Meena Guirguis, M.D., and Prosper Fire Chief Stuart Blasingame spoke to the news media about heatstroke and what to do if you see a child alone in a vehicle.
VIDEO: Head to the Checkup Newsroom to view footage from the live demonstration and learn how to reduce the number of child vehicular heatstroke deaths.
Reminder: Take Action by Friday, June 30 on Occupational Health Requirement for Tuberculosis (TB)
As we prepare to move to the Workday human resources platform and the temporary absence of a performance evaluation process to monitor Occupational Health annual requirements, we have put in place a system to help ensure that employees are being compliant with these requirements.
Mask fittings will now take place at Occupational Health, 901 7th St. Suite 4200, Fort Worth. If your department is outside of Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth, including employees at Cook Children’s Medical Center-Prosper, a mobile mask-fitting team will continue to travel to your location for completion each year.
Jill Koss Earns Distinguished Service Award
Jill Koss, MS, Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Director of Family Support Services, recently accepted the 2023 Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP). Jill gave an award acceptance speech in front of colleagues at the ACLP Child Life Conference, in recognition of her efforts to help Cook Children’s patients just be normal kids in the hospital.
Please read more about Jill and her incredible accomplishments during her career at Cook Children’s, which started back in 1991. Many congratulations on this honor Jill! We are proud of you.
Taking Care of Your Joints: Hinge Health
If back, joint, or muscle issues are holding you back from everyday activities, Hinge Health can help. The programs are available at no additional cost to you, and Hinge Health makes it simple to address pain without drugs or surgery.
Sign up here for Hinge Health’s back and joint pain programs. You’ll receive a kit by mail. Once you’re enrolled, Hinge Health will create a personalized care plan just for you. From there, your personal health coach or physical therapist will guide you through exercise therapy in the Hinge Health app. Plus, it takes only 45 minutes per week, so it easily fits into your schedule.
Give Hinge Health a call at (855) 902-2777 with any questions. Participants must be 18+ and enrolled in a Meritain medical plan through Cook Children’s Health Care System.
Benefit Spotlight: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with Coaching and Work-Life Services
Life presents us with challenges at work and at home on a daily basis. You do not have to face these challenges alone. Cook Children’s employees and their spouses have access to a digitally-enabled Employee Assistance Program (EAP), designed to help reduce stress and keep you healthy.
Click here for more details (you must be on the system to view).
Fresh Fruit for the Mind and Body
You’re invited to pick up a piece of delicious fruit at a giveaway event hosted by the Healthy Me Wellness Program. Choose an orange, banana or apple. We know that eating healthy is important for both your physical and mental health. Fresh fruit is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help you stay energized and focused throughout the day.
Stop the Bleed Class: You Are the Help Until Help Arrives
Cook Children's employees are encouraged to sign up for a Stop the Bleed class on July 30 or August 31 to learn the basics of bleeding control.
Annual Benefits Enrollment to Begin on Aug. 7
It's nearly time! Open enrollment for employee benefits will begin on August 7 and run through August 25. This will be your opportunity to learn about all the benefits offered by Cook Children's, review your current benefits, and make changes, if needed. Please keep an eye out for detailed communications regarding employee benefits options in the coming weeks.
New Command Center Open to Coordinate Emergency Response
We are really excited to show off the newly-constructed dedicated command center space. The donor-funded space will be used as the central hub of operations in any sort of emergency event or disaster response, such as a bad weather event or an influx of patients into the Emergency Department.
This is a dedicated space that is operational 24-7, and it can be activated any time, day or night. The Command Center will serve as a central location to manage our response as a hospital and as a health care system.
Want to see what it looks like? We made a video to show off the new space.
If you would like to visit the space, please reach out to Kaysey Pollan, Director of Safety & Emergency Management, to schedule a tour.
Here is a day brightener that'll get your toes tapping! Sir Earl Toon from Kool & The Gang came by Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth to sing and dance with us for Make Music Day. Here’s a video of an adorable patient, who busted a move during “Get Down on It” – a throwback to 1981! Check it out here.
Retirement Announcement for Trang Le, Radiology Registered Nurse
Trang Le, Radiology Registered Nurse, Radiology-MRI, is retiring from the system on Friday, June 30 after 27 years of service to Cook Children’s. We encourage you to take a moment to send Trang a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by June 29.
Retirement Announcement for Brenda Glenn, Admission Specialist
Brenda Glenn, Admission Specialist, Admitting/Registration, is retiring from the system on Friday, June 30 after 34 years of service to Cook Children’s. We encourage you to take a moment to send Brenda a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by June 29.