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Connect Newsletter (March 24, 2022)

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March 24, 2022

routine unit checklistPlease Stay Prepared For The Joint Commission Survey*

*Note you must be connected to the network to access this page

We are expecting a visit from The Joint Commission any week now. To stay ready, the accreditation compliance team at Cook Children's created a few documents for staff to review and be prepared. 

Please visit this page on CookNet and be on alert for The Joint Commission visiting soon!


state infusion centerRegional Infusion Center Near Cook Children's Ends Operations on Friday, March 25 

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will demobilize and permanently close the Regional Infusion Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022. 

A lot of activity will take place around this location near the medical center (previously Kindred), including the removal of all items and the clearing of the building.

For your safety, we ask that you please stay away from the building during demobilization. After the location is closed, Cook Children's employees should not be accessing the building for any reason. 


Slime A DocIt's Time For Some Slime!

After two long, slime-free years, Slime A Doc is returning to campus to celebrate National Doctors' Day! 

Join us at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, on the South Tower Lawn, weather permitting. While the event is outside, patients can attend, so face masks must be worn. 

Stay tuned to CookNet because the ballot of participants will be announced and voting will begin VERY soon! 


DSC_4866 (2)Spotlight on Shakyryn Napier for Women's History Month

For nearly 15 years, Shakyryn Napier, DHSc, RN, CPN, NEA-BC, has served in various leadership roles at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

As a nursing director for the past eight years, her greatest challenge came in 2020 when her unit suddenly transformed from Renal/GI to COVID-19.

“COVID let people know that things can change at any moment. It also made people realize that they do have adaptability. Now we all know how strong we really are," Shakyryn said. "We may have had low points, but we rose to the occasion for the kids.”

Click here to watch a video and read more about Shakyryn in this week's spotlight for Women's History Month.


great 10 nursesNominations Are Now Open For The 2022 Great 10 Nurse Award

There are so many nurses in our system who are worthy of this honor! The Cook Children's Great 10 Nurses celebration is a way to recognize nurses for being role models, leaders, community servants, compassionate caregivers and significant contributors to the nursing profession.  

Click here to fill out a nomination. The deadline to nominate is Monday, April 11. 

If you have any questions, please email RewardsRecognition@cookchildrens.org.


shoppingChanges to Materials Management and Purchasing

The Cook Children's Purchasing Team understands the importance of listening and after hearing from you, recently made changes to the way staff can order supplies. 

The Purchasing Team has been divided into cost centers per Buyer, once again! Each cost center is assigned a specific Buyer. To stay updated on who your new Buyer is, please visit the Materials Management page on CookNet. (Note: you must be connected to the network to access this page.)

"Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on this. We are always looking for better and more efficient ways to serve our customers. More changes are coming, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Please don't hesitate to call or email with your questions." - The Materials Management Team


peak performer #1February Peak Performers

Please join us in congratulating all of the following Peak Performers for February 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.)


patient safety experienceCelebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week

To celebrate National Patient Safety Awareness Week, you're invited to participate in a virtual activity with the chance to win prizes. 

  1. Share a picture of your team and a brief description of your commitment to elevate our patient safety experience. 
  2. Include the best practice you are committing to, your innovative idea or your project. 
  3. Prizes will be awarded! So share your pictures and ideas by March 31. 

The deadline to submit your team's commitment to elevate the patient safety experience is Thursday, March 31.  


Happy Retirement!

Please join us in recognizing Robert Stup, program specialist II, for 25 years of service to Cook Children's.

On April 7, he is retiring from the System and we thank him for the many years of service and the dedication to Our Promise!

We encourage you to take a moment to send Robert a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by April 7. 

Robert S. Photo


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Our Promise

Knowing that every child's life is sacred, it is the Promise of Cook Children's to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury.