Connect Newsletter (June 29, 2023)
June 29, 2023
Unconditional Love: Cook Children’s Employee Shares Her Journey of Raising and Accepting Her Transgender Child
As Pride Month comes to a close, we invite you to read this article in which Megan Hodges Cook, Community Program Coordinator, answers frequently asked questions about her transgender child in an effort to educate and spread understanding. Please view the article here.
Please Don't Come to Cook Children's Facilities to View Fireworks
This Fourth of July holiday, please do not attempt to view fireworks from any Cook Children’s facility or parking garage. It's important that ample, safe, and close parking is available for our patient families and for the employees and medical transport teams who are working on site.
The Spirit of Collaboration: Cook Children’s Hurst UCC Thrives through Teamwork and Innovation
After 9 months apart, Cook Children's Hurst Urgent Care Center overcame every challenge that came their way to successfully reunite and foster a culture of collaboration. Discover how this dedicated team thrives through teamwork and celebration!
ICYMI: Workday Wednesday Newsletter
• The countdown has begun. We are only days away from Workday going live. Here are our top 5 tip sheets that may be helpful to you on day 1.
The Workday site is now live on CookNet!
Please take the time to visit our new Workday site. This is a one-stop shop for any Workday information. The site has common hyperlinks and contact information, as well as important info on freeze dates related to the go live, and it has a library of tip sheets and videos that walk you step-by-step through various common tasks performed in Workday. You’ll also find real time support information, such as drop-in Zoom session links for questions!
Please check out the Workday FAQ document compiled from the Employee (ESS) and Manager (MSS) sessions attended over the last few months!
This Week's Update on Care Share
As a reminder, our goal is to maintain the performance from FY 2022 (86%), and we are currently just short of meeting that goal at 85.3%. Please continue to monitor this page to see if we are getting closer to meeting our goal. Please continue to monitor this page to see where we are at in reaching our goal.
For more details about Care Share, please take a few minutes to watch this important video we released on June 22 from Megan Chavez, System Vice President, Cook Children's Experience.
Nursing: Embracing Our Values
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.
Before every shift, Adrea Crump, BSN, RN, prays and asks God to guide her hands and mind as she works with patients and families. Adrea says every day brings different challenges, but her goal is always to get to know the patients and families.
One of those patients was a child who was scared of being in the hospital. Adrea worked on making a connection with the mom first and then the child by checking the teddy bear’s blood pressure.
“As the night went on, this child let me care for them without being fearful and progressed so much he was able to go home the next day,” Adrea said. “A big part of pediatric nursing is connecting with the family.”
Adrea’s love for kids matched with a team who works well together makes an ideal work environment.
“I love the people I work with at Cook Children’s. We all help each other on the night shift and feed off each other’s vibes,” Adrea said.
Photo: Adrea Crump, third from the right, and her colleagues celebrate teamwork
Jennifer Hayes, MDiv, Director of Spiritual Care and Ethics, hosts a new Food and Faith show for our patients, produced by Abel Diaz, Zone Broadcast Studio Producer. Watch the show here.
While this show is made with our patients in mind, there's a lot of information that we could all learn from and enjoy. Please watch the latest episode as we celebrate the food and faith involved in Eid al-Adha, with special guest Esraa Almasri, RN, Clinic Nurse, Cook Children’s Heart Center.
What's New on CookNet?
As new pages are available on the new CookNet, we'll let you know here in the Connect Newsletter. Please bookmark pages that you use most often.
• Workday site under Resource Groups
In addition, representatives from our various departments, locations and teams can work to populate the site. Please choose who from your area will be responsible for uploading the new CookNet information.
Celebration for the STAR Kids Coordination Team
STAR Kids Service Coordination team at Cook Children’s Health Plan recently held a pizza party celebration to honor their team audit average score reaching 96% compliance for Individualized Service Plans. Also in attendance, our Cook Children’s facility dogs!
The STAR Kids program has many contractual requirements, and the Individualized Service Plan is an area that Texas Health and Human Services Commission monitors closely. The Individualized Service Plan is a comprehensive document that captures all the services our members are using and needing. The team also enjoyed an in-person fair to provide staff with refresher topics they will need when they resume in-person visits with Cook Children's Health Plan members in July.
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.
Ready for the Epic Summer Upgrade?
The next Epic upgrade is scheduled for July 20. You'll have access to see which changes are coming to your Epic applications.
When you’re in Epic, visit the Upgrade LHD link in the top right corner. Then review the upgrade materials for your application.
Don't Forget: Take Action by Friday, June 30 on Occupational Health Requirement for Tuberculosis (TB)
Here's your last reminder before the June 30 deadline:
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.
Information and Skills: Register Now for Upcoming Conferences
Cook Children’s is hosting three pediatric conferences this summer to further your learning. A Pediatric Respiratory Critical Care Conference on August 4 is for respiratory therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. A Behavioral Health Conference on August 16 and a Pediatric Endocrine Conference on August 30 are for professionals from all disciplines. Registration is now open and we hope you can join us!