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Connect Newsletter (March 23, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
March 23, 2023

jamieandamieFormerly conjoined Twin JamieLynn Discharged from Cook Children's NICU, Sister AmieLynn Stays to Recover

We've heard from so many of you asking for an update on Jamie and Amie, who made history as the first conjoined twins to be surgically separated at Cook Children's.  

In today's Checkup Newsroom story, learn about how Jamie is heading home to start this new chapter, while Amie remains in our NICU. She is continuing to recover from a recent surgery.



Video: Happy 105th Birthday Cook Children's 

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On Tuesday, March 21, we celebrated turning 105 years old throughout the system. Join us in looking back at events with highlights from our campuses at Fort Worth and Prosper.



Make Plans to Attend Workday Training

Workday LogoEvery employee at Cook Children’s will be affected by the switch this summer from Lawson to Workday. Wonder how you’ll learn the new system? Training.

Curriculum and the approach to training will vary according to each employee’s role and responsibilities. Core users – primarily in Finance, Human Resources and Supply Chain – will receive more in-depth training than lighter users. We will be keeping you up  to date on all things Workday in the Connect Newsletter in coming weeks so that you are prepared when it officially launches.  Read here for more information about the rollout of Workday.



VIDEO: Dodson Specialty Clinics Expansion is Open

dsc-0154We are so excited that the newly constructed expansion to the Dodson Specialty Clinics, which opened its doors Monday, March 20. This 240,000-square-foot expansion adds more space for patient families and providers and brings six additional specialties together under one roof.

Come along on a video tour of the new Dodson Specialty Building hosted by Veronica Tolley, Vice President of Primary and Specialty Services, where she shows patient care areas, spaces for employees to work and collaborate, and special amenities for children to make moments of magic.

Read more on the Checkup Newsroom and view a schedule of when additional subspecialties will move to the new location.


Vote Now: Slime-A-Doc is BACK to Celebrate National Doctors' Day

SlimeADoc 2022The 8th Annual Cook Children's Slime-A-Doc event will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, on the South Tower Lawn.

This year, we've added a special category that includes members of the Cook Children’s Health Care System leadership team!

Visit this page to place your vote for which physician, nurse, child life specialist and leadership team member you want to see covered in green slime! Voting ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.

Keep an eye on our social media accounts – the ballot will be released there soon! Once it’s out, please share with your friends and family so they can vote too!



Dr Perry 5Meet M. Scott Perry, M.D.

M. Scott Perry, M.D., head of Neurosciences at the Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health at Cook Children’s, is an expert in rare genetic epilepsies and epilepsy surgery. In addition to his patient load, Dr. Perry is overseeing the transformation of Cook Children’s divisions of neurosciences with the development of a unique and comprehensive care model for children with diseases of the nervous system at the Justin Institute.

 “I'm excited about the potential convenience for families to be able to get everything done in one fail swoop. To park your car once, and to miss one day of work, and to get out of school one day and get everything you need,” Dr. Perry said. “Then on the backside, knowing that your doctors are all down the hallway from each other and can be face-to-face about your care and make sure everybody's on the same page.” Get to know Dr. Perry in a profile article on the Connect Newsroom.


ID&EIntensive Inclusion: A New ID&E Training Opportunity

Cook Children’s places a great deal of importance on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, but we need you to make our efforts a success. If you are a strong advocate for our ID&E initiatives, we hope you will consider becoming an Education Facilitator.

In the upcoming weeks, we will provide more information about this train-the-trainer program. This position is a commitment, taking 3 months of education and 70 hours of training. At the end of the course, you will be certified to teach throughout the system about our ID&E efforts.

This program and the facilitator position is completely voluntary, and you will not be paid.  However, we hope to find at least 15 people who are passionate enough to take on this challenge. If you are interested, you must receive approval from your manager/supervisor to participate.

Take the time now to think about if you would be right to undergo this training and continue to watch for more information in the coming weeks. If you have questions or want more information, please reach out to Tracy Vang, Director of Equity and Inclusion at Cook Children’s.


Ramadan 2023Let's Learn About … Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan begins on the evening of March 22 and lasts through April 20 or 21, pending when the new moon is seen in the U.S. 

Followers of the Islamic faith will celebrate Ramadan by fasting, giving Muslims a period of spiritual reflection. 

During the coming weeks, you may find some of our patient families, neighbors or coworkers celebrating Ramadan. With that in mind, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide some helpful information about this Islamic holy month. 


Lace Up for The Blast 

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Sign up now to participate in The Blast, our annual walk benefiting the Cook Children’s Hematology and Oncology Center. This year we are back at Panther Island Pavilion on Saturday, April 1 with 5K and 1K walk routes. The event opens at 8 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. 

The walk is family-friendly and includes a DJ, team and fundraising awards, food trucks, a Kid Zone with balloon and glitter tattoo artists, an obstacle course, and mobile Build-A-Bear. Your support ensures Cook Children’s patients receive out-of-this-world care, close to home.  It's a great way to get some stress-reducing activity, and spend time together with coworkers, friends and family. All the details are here.


Remembering Chanel, Our Matriarch Facility Dog

ChanelIn Case You Missed It: It is with great sadness that we share Chanel, our matriarch facility dog, died unexpectedly. Learn more about the life of Chanel and how to talk to a child about her death. 



Women's History Month: Impacting Lives Every Day

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This Women's History Month, we are introducing everyone to women employees who have made a difference at Cook Children's.

Get to know Lisa Elliott, PhD., who completely changed her path when she transitioned from human resources to psychology.  Dr. Elliott developed and opened Cook Children’s first outpatient behavioral health therapy clinic in a 500-square-foot office in Denton and leads a fellowship program that trains and mentors aspiring neuropsychologists.

Trailblazer Carla Smith, D.O., was a member of one of the first graduating classes at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in 1979 — one of only three females out of 70 students, and later opened the Cook Children’s clinic in Burleson.

Visit the Women's History Month page on the Connect Newsroom to read this month's feature articles.





Public Speaking and Leadership: Toastmasters 

Toastmasters screenshot March 2023Do you want to be a better leader, speaker or communicator?  We have a Toastmasters club that meets at Cook Children's that can help you grow and develop these skills in a warm, supportive environment. The Blue Castle Collaborators Toastmasters Club meets virtually on the first and third Tuesday of the month at noon. 

PLEASE NOTE: a special Open House is full but you can still join virtually. The event is 12-1 p.m. on April 5. Please RSVP to Jenny.Riddle@cookchildrens.org for the link.




Give Blood, Give Life, Give Hope 

march 2023 blood driveDid you know that 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. It's such an important way we can impact and improve the well-being of children in our care and our communities.

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




Employees Care Campaign Appreciation Events

CookNet Scroll Image-01The Employees Care 2023 campaign has been a huge success thus far. As a thank you for your generosity, stop by one of our appreciation events for a Coke Float of your choice!

  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 28, Calmont Multi-Purpose Room
  • 2-3:30 p.m., April 10, Fort Worth Medical Center atrium (served by Cook Children’s executive team)
  • TBD, Prosper Medical Center

If you still wish to donate, you can do so on the Employees Care page on CookNet or sign up at the event. Donors still needing to pick up their thank you t-shirt may do so at the event, as well. 

Employees Care is open year-round for sign ups and donations. Give today for their tomorrows.



It's Time to Vote in the Virtual Patient Safety Week Contest

Patient safety contest voteHow are teams across Cook Children's upholding our value of safety?  We have 15 amazing stories and examples of great teamwork for you to learn about and be inspired by. Now, we need your help. Choose the stories you feel merit a reward. Three winners will be selected, honored and provided a special team lunch. Check out the entries and cast your vote here.



NICU Child Life Week 2023Child Life Specialists: Impacting Our NICU Infants and Families

In her own words: Baylee Simmons, CCLS, a Cook Children's Child Life Specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, explains how Child Life supports the whole family so that they can better care for and support their baby, both in our unit and as they transition home. 

“Our goal is to provide support and interventions that promote emotional safety, improve patients' and families’ ability to cope, and reduce the negative effects of unavoidable stress and trauma they endure,” Baylee writes. Read her insights on the Checkup Newsroom.


baseball jersey daysWear Your Baseball Jersey Next Weekend

Hopes are high for the Texas Rangers (at least for now) and baseball season is just around the corner.

Support the Rangers for the beginning of the Major League Baseball season on Wear Your Baseball Jersey Days, Thursday March 30 to Sunday, April 2.

Are you an Astros fan and want to rub it in that you are defending champs? That’s okay too? Whether it’s the Cubs, Yankees, Dodgers or anyone else, support America’s national pastime with your favorite jersey.


DSC_0122Trailblazer Day

Following a two-year break because of the pandemic, the 10th annual Trailblazer Day returned as an in-person event on March 10.

Named after the school mascot, the western-themed day is a fundraising event full of fun activities for parents and students, including art projects, lessons from a cowboy on roping bulls, a petting zoo, and concluding the day with a big chili cook-off. View more pictures from the event on the Connect Newsroom.


Celebrating Peak Performers for February

february peak performersLet's congratulate all of our Peak Performers! Your efforts directly impact our success. We hope you know how valuable and important you are to fulfilling our Pinky Promise: Everything for the Child! Click here to find out who's on the list for February 2023 and join us in recognizing their hard work.



Director of Trauma Services Named a Woman of Impact

Christi ThornhillFor the second year in a row, a member of the Cook Children’s team has been honored as a Woman of Impact by the Tarrant County American Heart Association. Congratulations to Christi Thornhill, Director of Trauma Services, CARE Team, Fostering Health Program and Surgical Clinical Excellence Program, who was honored for her efforts in transforming the health of women in our community. What an incredible honor for Christi and for Cook Children's.

The award was announced at the organization’s annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on March 3. The event brings women and community members together to raise awareness for the No. 1 killer of women, cardiovascular disease, causing one in three deaths per year.  Megan Graichen, Emergency Department, and Nancy Murphy, Nurse Residency Program Assistant, were both featured as heart survivors and had their stories shared with attendees. Read more here.




AVP of Pharmacy Joins Elite Group that Holds a Prestigious Certification

Ozioma Olowu, AVP of PharmacyOzioma Olowu, AVP of Pharmacy, has earned the Pharmacy Executive Leader Certification from the American Society of Heath System Pharmacists. She is one of approximately 40 leaders in the country who now hold this designation.

Awarded in recognition of progressive and sustained leadership in health system pharmacy, Ozioma called the achievement “one of the most gratifying experiences of my professional career.” She said it was especially rewarding to be a part of this “elite group of executives from across the country while building new friendships.”

Congratulations to Ozioma for this significant achievement and for prioritizing your professional growth and development.



Employee Information for Survey Preparation Book

Accreditation bookNew book, new look: the Quality and Accreditation Employee Information Guide 2023, a reference to prepare for The Joint Commission survey, is updated and is now available on CookNet. The book is also printable.

Here is a direct link to the book. Or you can find it through this path: 

CookNet→Safety → The Joint Commission à→Employee Information for Survey Preparation 2023