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Connect Newsletter (May 18, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
May 18, 2023

Inside Cook Children's: Our Values In Action

Library and family services cookout groupOver the next several months, regular articles will explain how the culture platform shows up in daily life at Cook Children’s Health Care System. The articles will highlight our values: kindness, collaboration, imagination, generosity, respect and safety, demonstrating that all are alive and well, thanks to staff members putting them to work in ways that make Cook Children’s a better place to work and heal.

The first article details how leaders identified the “secret sauce” of Cook Children's and how they created a new culture platform to help us all express the experience of patients, families, health plan members and employees.


COVID-19 Update

Covid-UpdateBeginning immediately, clinical staff for the entire system will no longer be required to ask COVID-19 screening questions for any patient visits.


Employee Appreciation Month: Thanks For Your Hard Work

CCHH cookoutWe’ve celebrated spring with cookouts at various locations throughout the System this month. Please see photos from several of these events on the Connect Newsroom. This week, we’re giving our brains a break by completing a fun word search featuring Cook Children’s words and phrases. And it’s time to start planning for next week’s activity: a chance pair up with a coworker and dress up as twins. While still abiding by dress code HR police 136, coordinate matching outfits with your work twin and send us a photo at InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org.



New CookNet: It's Time to Begin Populating the Site 

New CookNet Image By now, you've seen our new CookNet, which had a soft launch this month. We are in the process of moving content from the legacy CookNet to the new platform. If you are an owner of a page on the legacy CookNet, we need you to please go in and transfer your information to the new site as soon as possible. Here's information on how to do that.


stock-photo-important-568671313.jpgICYMI: Workday Wednesday Newsletter 

Cook Children’s is transitioning to Workday for our Human Resources, Finance, and Supply Chain business processes beginning in July. We are retiring PACE on June 2, 2023 – after almost 30 years! 

As Cook Children’s phases out the PACE system for performance reviews, any paperwork for unfinished reviews must be turned in by May 26. Every effort should be made to have outstanding competencies and Occupational Health requirements for PACE reviews completed by the May 26 deadline.

This newsletter also includes updated information on blackout dates fo new hires, transfers and job boards. 


Cook Children’s and JPS Health Network Partner to Build New Health Care Center

2025 las vegas clinicLeaders from Cook Children’s Health Care System and JPS Health Network have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to build the Las Vegas Trail Neighborhood Health Center on 3.7 donated acres at the corner of Calmont Avenue and Cherry Lane in west Fort Worth. The center will provide pediatric and adult medical services, behavioral health services, and social services support such as food insecurity in the form of a food pantry, community education, and onsite job training for health care industry positions. With support from the City of Fort Worth, a Fort Worth Police Storefront will also be housed in the building to help foster police relations within the community.

The two-story building will include the ninth Cook Children’s Neighborhood Health Center and the newest JPS Medical Home. The facility will break ground later this year and an expected opening is slated for late 2025. Cook Children’s Health Foundation will spearhead funding for the project with the support of the philanthropic community. 

Read more on the Checkup Newsroom.


raisingjoy45dr.scottperryCollaborating for Mind Health on Raising Joy

Don't forget to listen to a recent episode of the Raising Joy podcast featuring M. Scott Perry, M.D., head of Neurosciences at the Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health at Cook Children’s Health Care System. At the Institute for Mind Health, Dr. Perry is bringing together nine specialties that commonly overlap in the treatment of nervous system disorders. He talks to us about how this unique approach will make care easier for patients and their families.



Panel DiscussionPediatric Mental Health and Why It's Important

Cook Children’s is hosting a National Association of Health Services Executives-DFW Chapter (NAHSE) panel discussion on pediatric behavioral health at 6:30 p.m. on May 22 at Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth, in the Hochberger Auditorium. Among the panelists is Kia Carter, M.D., Medical Director of Psychiatry, Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth. NAHSE is a non-profit professional association of Black health care leaders. Here's how to sign up.



havhope-2021-campaign-sign_1_page-0001Hospitals Against Violence Event

Join us: On June 2, the seventh annual Hospitals Against Violence Day, Cook Children’s is having a special event for employees and visitors to learn more about various types of violence, including domestic violence, social media safety, human trafficking, workplace violence and firearm safety. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cook Children’s Medical Center–Fort Worth.

#HAVhope is a national day of awareness to highlight how America’s hospitals and health systems combat violence in their workplaces and communities and use partnerships, innovations and creative thinking to foster peace and make a safer environment for workers and patients. 


PI Day: Process Improvement Conference

PI save the dateSave the date for PI Day: Cook Children’s is hosting a conference on process improvement from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth basement and atrium. 

The event will include special guest speakers, poster presentations, breakout sessions, and the Process Improvement graduation ceremony. Breaks and lunch will be included. More details and sign-up information about this event will be announced in the coming weeks.


Advances in Pediatric Nursing: A Nursing Excellence Conference

Cook Children’s nurses are advancing pediatric nursing with their expertise. Register to attend the first Nursing Excellence Conference, which will provide pediatric nurses and nursing students with updates on the latest innovations in nursing practice presented by nurses at the 2023 Society of Pediatric Nursing Annual Conference. Topics include clinical interventions, assessment, cultural integration, pain management, child development, and patient safety. The event is 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 14 at Cook Children’s Medical Center-Fort Worth. Register by July 7.


Pedal Power: Ride Free for a Year with B-Cycle

BcycleCook Children’s employees can get a free annual pass for B-Cycle, a bicycle sharing program. Download the “BCycle” app and sign up using your Cook Children’s email address. Select “annual pass” (it will show as costing $100 until you add the promo code). Enter the promo code “COOK23.” You will need to enter a credit card to create your account. The pass is good at any Fort Worth B-Cycle station. Plus, register by the end of June to be entered into a drawing for some cool B-Cycle swag.