Connect Newsletter (May 25, 2023)
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
Make 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!
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.
Meet 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.
It’s National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, a time to thank the entire EMS workforce for their service and sacrifices.
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.
As 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.
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!
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.
If 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.
Retirement 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:
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.