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Connect Newsletter (May 25, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
May 25, 2023

Save the Date: Come Learn About our Employee Resource Groups on June 19, in the Atrium at Cook Children’s Medical Center – Fort Worth

erg 3Make plans to join us on June 19, for a special event to introduce our upcoming Employee Resource Groups (ERGS). ERGs are voluntary employee engagement organizations for people who share many characteristics and their allies. 

Cook Children's will host four ERGs to foster inclusivity and connection. The Veterans group is already going strong. We are adding ERGs centered around Black/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and LGBTQ+ individuals, with additional groups planned for the future. 

We will be posting much more about the ERGs in coming weeks. Please mark your calendars for the launch celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight on June 19, in the Atrium at Cook Children’s Medical Center – Fort Worth when you'll have the chance to learn more and ask questions. Stay tuned for details on an event at Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper. See you there! 





Our Values in Action: The Cook Children's Culture On Paper


This is the second in our Values in Action series of articles highlighting ways the Culture Platform is practiced in daily life at Cook Children’s Health Care System. The first article looked back at how leaders began to identify the “secret sauce” that makes Cook Children’s so special. Now, we learn about the process of defining that recipe so that employees can make sense of it, and use it as their guiding light each day.



Watch: Richard Lee Talks About the Importance of Family

Richard Lee AAPI Month VideoMeet Richard Lee, Assistant Vice President, Finance at Cook Children's Health Plan. He sat down with us to talk about his heritage, accomplishments, and why Inclusion, Diversity and Equity is a key to understanding others. Thank you, Richard, for sharing your story as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!


An Update on the Institute for Mind Health

We are so excited that the Jane and John Justin Institute for Mind Health is set to open in October. We’ve compiled a few facts about the Justin Institute to help you get to know more about where we are with this project. 

Initiatives underway include: 
• Recruiting psychiatrists, psychologists and neurodevelopmental disabilities providers to support the Institute. 
• Relocating the Neuroscience Research Center to the Justin Institute bringing research and patient care face to face. 
• Training all faculty and staff in trauma-informed care to unify the patient experience. 
• Removing barriers to care by simplifying and digitizing the intake process across behavioral and developmental health specialties. 
• Co-locating all service lines to Dodson this October which will provide a single collaborative clinic space. 
• There will be meetings held over the summer with the staff who will work in the Justin Institute so stay tuned for dates and details. 

You can learn more about the Institute for Mind Health here


EMS Week 2023: Where Emergency Care Begins

Photo May 22 2023, 12 02 58 PMIt’s National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, a time to thank the entire EMS workforce for their service and sacrifices. 

Today and every day, we are grateful for our Teddy Bear Transport team, EMTs, paramedics, emergency practitioners and community partners for always being prepared to respond when there’s a need. 

Thank you for your dedicated service to the community and for providing the highest quality of care for children and their families.

To honor these incredible teams we invited Prosper Fire Rescue to join us for a cookout lunch at the Prosper campus earlier this week. (That's the crew in the photo.)


ICYMI: Workday Wednesday Newsletter

John Kott Image Cook Children’s is transitioning to Workday for our Human Resources, Finance, and Supply Chain business processes beginning in July. John Kott, Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain, predicts Workday will make it easier for clinicians to enter requisitions for the supplies they need. Another benefit? Workday provides more ability for Supply Chain to anticipate snags that could disrupt a product’s flow from the vendors to delivery at Cook Children’s warehouses. 

This week’s issue also includes updated information on blackout dates for new hires, transfers and job boards, as well as details on how to sign up for Workday training.


WATCH: Keeping Kids Safe in the Water This Memorial Day Weekend

swimsuitcolors3As summer vacation kicks off and the weather heats up, North Texas families are heading to pools, lakes or the seaside to cool off and have fun. But did you know that it’s best to choose brightly-colored swimsuit colors, rather than white or light blue suits, which can blend into the body of water in which your child will be swimming? 

Check out some photos and a video on the Checkup Newsroom showing how swimsuit colors can improve visibility, and you can learn more about other layers of protection parents and caregivers can use to help prevent drowning.


bed pan 1Bed Pan Open Was the Best, By Par

While golf professionals are in Fort Worth for the Charles Schwab Challenge this week, a couple of PGA Tour players stopped by Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth to play a few rounds with our patients. Thanks to Paul Haley II and Cameron Champ for making the day so special for our patients! 
View photos and a video of the fun event here


Learn Life-Saving Bleeding Control Techniques

Stop the Bleed class

Did you know that May 25 is National Stop the Bleed Day? Cook Children's employees are invited to sign up to take a class and learn skills to help save lives. 

Stop the Bleed is a grassroots national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.  You'll learn how to use a tourniquet and how to pack a wound to control bleeding.

Classes are just 90 minutes and you can choose from three upcoming sessions. Classes will be offered from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on June 22, July 20 and Aug. 31, in Pavilion Classroom 1 at the Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth. 

Use this link to sign up.



Taking Care of Your Joints: Hinge Health

ankle painIf you’re struggling with joint and muscle pain, like a throbbing back, aching knees, or weak ankle, you can join Hinge Health, a benefit provided to you (and eligible family members) by Cook Children’s at no additional cost to you. 

Hinge Health has virtual programs that combine gentle exercise with 1-on-1 support to reduce your pain and help you move with confidence. Whether your goal is to go hiking more, work in your garden, or take the stairs (or all three), Hinge Health can help you toward pain relief with exercises that last only 15 minutes a day — anytime, anywhere you’re comfortable. 

And this is new: Women’s Pelvic Health Program — for pregnancy and postpartum, to improve bladder control, and much more.  Take advantage of your Hinge Health benefit today.


A. Gibson Retirement PhotoRetirement Announcement for Arlene Gibson, Patient Access Specialist

Arlene Gibson, Patient Access Specialist, Admitting/Registration, is retiring from the System on Friday, May 26 after 49 years of service to Cook Children’s. We encourage you to take a moment to send Arlene a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by May 26. 

Lilia Flores, Patient Access Services Manager, wrote this about Arlene:

“Arlene has been an employee for 49 plus years. She has served in many positions during this time. Arlene started as a Nurse’s Aide and Unit Secretary for the Med/Surg Unit. She then transitioned to Clinic Secretary and was promoted to Office Manager in the Infectious Disease Clinic. Her last years have been in the Patient Registration department as a Patient Access Specialist. Arlene has been a wonderful asset to our organization and a pleasure to work with. She will be greatly missed but we wish her the best and many blessings in this new journey in her life. Arlene is looking forward to spending more time with her husband and family. Happy retirement Arlene!” 


generic peak performersCongratulations Peak Performers April 2023

Let’s congratulate the Peak Performers for April 2023! You demonstrate excellence every day and help us all keep our Promise! See who made the latest list