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Connect Newsletter (June 29, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
June 29, 2023

Unconditional Love: Cook Children’s Employee Shares Her Journey of Raising and Accepting Her Transgender Child

MHC StoryAs 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

no firework viewingsThis 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

UCCAfter 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!


Workday-WednesdayICYMI: Workday Wednesday Newsletter

This week's newsletter included the following:

• 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. 
• Key Supply Chain dates coming soon that will impact all departments. 
• Important news on our internal job board. 
Be sure to verify your information before the first paychecks are processed in Workday. 
• An archive section to help you get caught up on anything you may have missed. 

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 

Care Share Update 6-27-23

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

Adrea Crump, RNOur 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

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


Video: Celebrating Eid al-Adha

Food and Faith-Eid al-AdhaJennifer 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? 

Screenshot M365 6-29-23

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 
Safety, Quality and Equity site under CCPN, with new pages for Clinical Guidelines and Maintenance of Certifications 
Education and Training site under My Career and Benefits 
Healthy Me page under Occupational Health 
M365 Information page under Technology 

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. 

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. 

If you have any questions, please contact the IS Digital Experience team at CookNet Feedback - PowerApps.


STAR 1Celebration 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. 

They sent us some photos – check them out here


peak performers sunCongrats to Our Peak Performers for May 2023

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?

Epic upgradeThe 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. 


stock-photo-important-568671313.jpgDon'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. 

We have added a Tuberculosis (TB) Questionnaire to everyone’s annual ULearn required courses. Everyone must submit a new form via ULearn during June 2023 and again in June 2024. If you answer YES to any of the questions regarding symptoms or risks of tuberculosis, you will need to email Occhealth@cookchildrens.org for an evaluation. 

All patient-facing staff are required to complete respiratory mask fit testing every 12 months. Please schedule this through the Occupational Health page on CookNet in a timely manner. (Navigate to the Quick Links on the right side of the page and find the document “Respiratory Protection & Mask Fitting.” You must be on the network to view it). 

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. 

Employee completion of these requirements will be monitored through ULearn and supervisors will be notified if their staff are not compliant. Human Resources and Occupational Health will obtain a list of non-compliant staff at the end of June and those individuals will be contacted.


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!