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Connect Newsletter (March 15, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
March 15, 2023

DSC_9735"Your World Wednesdays": No Meetings Wednesdays Begin April 1

We’ve heard you loud and clear. Following the results of our recent Burnout Survey, we are implementing “No Meetings Wednesdays” throughout Cook Children’s Health Care System. Please read this important message from Mr. Merrill and the entire leadership team.

Beginning April 1, please take this opportunity to begin clearing your calendars on Wednesdays. We hope this gives you more time to focus and provides you some relief from your very hectic schedules.

We also believe this will provide you with more opportunities to connect with your co-workers and your supervisor.


Dodson Expansion‘It’s Not About Another Building. It’s About Being There for the Children.’

Before we open the doors on Monday, learn about the vision behind the newly expanded Dodson Specialty Clinics. We take you inside all the hard work that made the new area a reality. 

A lack of space for new practices on campus matched with exponential growth of physicians, teams and patients led to the vision of the expanded Dodson Specialty Clinics.

Now all services will be under one roof – a welcome improvement for many patient families such as those who visit Urology. Instead of having to park twice and walk across an intersection in one day, families will now access Urology and Radiology in the same building.


Lisa ElliottCelebrating Women's History Month at Cook Children's: Meet Lisa Elliott, Ph.D., Manager of Cook Children's Behavioral Health Clinic at Denton

Psychology is a second career for Lisa Elliott. Initially a human resources director with a degree in business, Dr. Elliott began taking psychology classes to better understand how to help the employees she represented. 

Learn more about this self-described non-traditional neuropsychologist.


Patient SafetyMake Plans for Patient Safety Awareness Events

“Safety first. Every time.” As one of our values, we place a priority on safety at Cook Children's.

Next week is Patient Safety Awareness Week, so please make plans on your calendar to join us for special events. This year's theme is Safety for All.  We know that safety is more than the prevention of physical harm and want to applaud all of the amazing work our teams are doing across the System to ensure every aspect of safety is protected for every person that is part of our Cook Children’s family. 

Celebrate with us March 20-24 by participating in events. Click here for the full schedule.


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Rock Your Silly Socks on March 21

silly socksWear your fun socks on March 21 to help celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. All you need to do is choose some socks that are going to get noticed -- they might be mismatched socks or your craziest and most colorful socks. The idea is to start a conversation, so when people ask you about your socks you can tell them, "I'm wearing them to raise awareness of Down syndrome." 

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day advocating for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome on March 21. The date – the twenty-first day of the third month -- was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome, which causes Down syndrome. Learn more about Down Syndrome.


march 2023 blood driveBlood Drives Save Lives

Did you know that one in three 1 in 3 people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime? These recipients are our very own patients, our friends, our loved ones and our neighbors right here in North Texas. 

If you are able, please sign up for our next blood drive, scheduled for March 27 at the Fort Worth campus.


Social Worker of the Year Nominations

Social Work Breaks BarriersPlease help us recognize a deserving Social Worker for the third annual Social Worker of the Year Award. Nominations are open through March 22.

We are looking for a social worker who has gone above and beyond over the past year to provide outstanding patient care.

Details, and the nomination form are here.


April Cultural Observances 

Sharing information about cultural holidays and observances is an important way to learn about our diverse workforce and raise awareness of challenges and successes of various groups. Share with us how you observe Diversity Month, Autism Acceptance Month and National Arab American Heritage Month.

If you have any ideas or recommendations for upcoming cultural holidays and observances that you would like to see us cover, email us at InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org.