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Connect Newsletter (March 1, 2022)

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March 1, 2022

7G9A1556CDC Guidelines Require Masks For All Cook Children’s Employees

Based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we will continue our current mask mandates for all Cook Children’s employees throughout the system (including areas such as the ROB and Calmont).

As you may have seen, the CDC revised its public indoor mask guidance, allowing most people to go without masks in public indoor settings if they choose. However, those revisions do not include health care settings. Click here to read more.


RaisingJoy coverIntroducing the Raising Joy Podcast

We are so excited to share the latest initiative of The JOY Campaign!

The JOY Campaign launched nearly one year ago in response to the alarming number of children and teens attempting suicide. Since then, more than 30 articles have been published on Checkup Newsroom. 

We've decided to take the next step and bring these conversations to life with the Raising Joy podcast! Each week, Wini King, chief of communications, inclusion, diversity and equity officer, and Kristen Pyrc, M.D., will be interviewing guests about topics concerning mental health and kids. 

You can now stream the first two episodes of season one across all major podcast platforms, including Apple, Spotify, Google and YouTube. Please like, share and subscribe! 


ProsperCast - Feb. 24 February ProsperCast: Learn About New Medical Center and Job Opportunities

Thank you to the 700+ employees who joined our first ProsperCast on Feb. 24! Leaders from the Prosper campus and Human Resources shared the latest news and updates regarding Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper. 

For those unable to tune in, you can watch the full recording and download the presentation here. 


ukraineThe Cook Children's Employee Assistance Program is Here For You (Note: you must be connected to the network to view this page.)

Amid the global tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, we're bound to feel concern, compassion and a variety of other emotions. During the heaviness of it all, Cook Children's is here to help you.

The current crisis may be impacting our staff in different ways, and we encourage you to utilize our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Work Life Resources for support. 

You are never alone and the Cook Children's family is here to support and help you. 


culture of securityIS Cybersecurity Warning (Note: you must be connected to the network to view this page.)

As we watch the current events in Ukraine, we are also reminded that Russia has one of the most formidable cybersecurity armies in the world. 

The U.S. Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a “Shields Up” alert that the threat of increased cybersecurity attacks on Ukraine and the United States is imminent. Cook Children’s Information Security Office has been working with our cybersecurity threat intelligence partners to closely monitor this situation as well as our own defenses.

Members of the Cook Children’s workforce should exercise extreme caution when viewing emails and/or clicking links or opening attachments from external sources (e.g. emails tagged with a red banner.) 

We advise you to read this security alert from Aaron Wishon, VP, chief information security officer.


Two Cook Children's Nurses Named to DFW Great 100 List

We are so proud to have two of our incredible team members selected as 2022 DFW Great 100 Nurses.

Christi Thornhill (pictured left) is the director of Cook Children’s Trauma Program. Christi has worked as a nurses aid at a nursing home, an emergency nurse practitioner in a rural facility, a nurse practitioner for pediatric trauma and more. She is so respected in her field and has been a guest lecturer at universities and has spoken at conferences all over the United States. Read more about Christi's career and recognition here.

Ineshia Simmons (pictured right) has only been at Cook Children’s for 86 days, but it was only recently that she learned her peers at her previous job had nominated her as one of the area’s best nurses. Prior to coming to Cook Children’s, Ineshia worked for 11 years at Medical City Arlington, where she was most recently the clinical nurse coordinator in the Mother Baby Unit. Read more about Ineshia's career and recognition here.

DFW top 100 nurses


the time is right social work logoCelebrating Social Work Month: Nominate a Colleague for the 2022 Social Work/Clinical Therapist of the Year Award

In celebration of Social Work Month this March, we would like to give you the opportunity to nominate a Social Worker and/or a Clinical Therapist who has gone above and beyond over the past year. Nominations are due Friday, March 18.

For the nomination form and details, go here. 

The Social Work team is also hosting a donation drive to replenish the shelves of local shelters and our Child Life Department: 

social work donation drive


peak performer #1Monthly Peak Performers: January 2022

Please join us in congratulating all of the following Peak Performers for January 2022!

Click here to see the Peak Performer recipients.

Do you know a colleague or team of Peak Performers? Nominate them here! (Note: you must be connected to the network to access this page.)


Reminder: Order Your Experience Standard Shirts by March 7

Connect. Collaborate. Elevate. 

We are proud of our Experience Standards at Cook Children's.  Join us in celebrating Patient Experience Week in April by ordering your T-shirt today. Visit the site here to order your shirt. The T-shirt and information is being sent out by the Patient, Family and Member Experience department.

For your login, type “cookgroup” and then for your password use “boblilly.”  Ordering is available today through March 7.

The shirts are FREE and we encourage everyone to wear them April 25-29!experience standards


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