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Connect Newsletter (May 4, 2023)


Connect Newsletter                                       
May 4, 2023

Empowering Connection and Collaboration: A Soft Launch of Our New CookNet Is Here 

New CookNet Image

Welcome to your new CookNet. We are excited to share with you a first look at our new, more modern CookNet. Watch a helpful video to see what the new site offers and answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. 

Please remember this is only a soft launch and there's much more exciting features coming your way.



Workday Simplifies Expense Reports

Workday LogoEmployees who submit expense reports can look forward to handling them electronically in the new Workday platform, and can even use the Workday mobile app to create reports and attach photos of receipts.

The steps for creating expense reports are part of the Employee Self-Service training available on ULearn. The training is designed to help our employees get ready for Cook Children’s transition to the Workday platform this summer. In addition to the online courses, resources called Job Aides will help explain what you need to know when Workday goes live in July.


Nurses Week: Recognizing the Generosity and Dedication of Our Healthcare Heroes

nurses week2This 2023 Nurses Week is a time to celebrate the nurses that care for our patient families. They put others first every day, and use their skills and education to ensure that we meet all the needs of our community all year long. Thank you Cook Children’s nurses! You are at the heart of health care.

Several events have been planned all week long for nurses to help make nurses feel special. One highlight is the Great 10 Nurses Ceremony on Wednesday, May 10, when we'll honor nursing excellence. And we all have the opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to nurses by sending an E-card through the CookNet system.  Visit here and click “Recognition Day/Week." 




employee appreciation monthEmployee Appreciation Month

From Keith Holtz, Chief Administrative Officer, Cook Children's Health Care System:

As we head into Employee Appreciation Week, we want you to know that are you valued and appreciated. You are the individuals who bring our values to life:

Thank you for:

  • Treating our patients, their families and each other with kindness.
  • Your collaboration to create miracles of science every day.
  • Creating Moments for Magic with your wonderful imaginations.
  • Your generosity shines whether it’s giving to Employees Cares, spending an extra moment with a patient family or giving up your weekend so you can cover for a sick coworker.
  • Showing respect to someone who doesn’t share your beliefs, but you find enough in common to go to lunch together.
  • Placing the safety of our patients at the top of mind, while also making sure everyone feels like they work at a safe place as an employee of Cook Children’s.

 You are our culture. Thank you for all that you do every day at Cook Children’s.


Fidelity Webinar on Social Security


The next Fidelity webinar puts a spotlight on Social Security. Presenters will explain how to understand Social Security, and how to decide when the time is right to claim Social Security benefits.

Tuesday, May 9, Webinar: Learn the Basics of When and How to Claim Social Security (60 minutes)

9 a.m. session: register here
3 p.m. session: register here

Employees earn 100 Vitality Points for attending the webinar. Points may be cashed in for gift cards until June 20 through our Vitality wellness program.


Your Donation Can Save Lives: Join Our Blood Drive and Be a Lifesaver

donate blood Did you know that just one blood donation can save up to three lives? That's according to the federal Health and Human Services Department. Giving blood is a generous act that helps patients in our community get the blood transfusions they need.

It's the first blood drive at Cook Children's Medical Center-Prosper! The drive is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12 on a Carter BloodCare bus. Register here

UPDATE 5-9-23: The blood drive on May 17 for employees at the Calmont facility has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 6



Salad BarFresh and Delicious: The Salad Bar Is Back and Better Than Ever

Get your greens and enjoy the fresh flavors you've missed. Our salad bar has re-opened at Camelot Court at the Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth campus. It is a full-service salad bar with more than 50 choices. 

A small salad costs $8.99 and a large salad costs $10.99. It costs just $2.50 to add diced ham, turkey, pulled chicken, and marinaded-pulled chicken ($3.25 for salmon or shrimp). It comes with a small bottle of water. Employees are eligible for a discount.



cinco de mayoConnecting Cultures: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Embracing Diversity

The Cinco de Mayo holiday takes place on the fifth day of May. It is often mistaken as Mexican Independence Day (that’s on Sept. 16) but Cinco de Mayo recognizes the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It has been described as a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, but it has become a popular in the United States, especially in areas with a significant number of Mexican-American residents. Cinco de Mayo is also an opportunity to learn more about Mexican history and culture, to appreciate the contributions of Mexican-Americans, and to celebrate the rich diversity in the United States, according to History.com.

Camelot Court will have a special menu: Two fajita tacos: beef barbacoa or chicken. Choose one side: refried beans, Mexican rice or roasted corn. Price: $6.95. Sopapillas, $1.85.

Goodies to Go, on the ground floor of the South Tower on the Fort Worth campus, will have a special with “walking nachos" with cheese for $3.50. You can add meat and or jalapenos for an additional cost. The special includes a small beverage.   


Theresa MeadowsTheresa Meadows Awarded for Outstanding Leadership

Theresa Meadows, RN, MS, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, has been named a recipient of a 2023 Baldrige Foundation’s Leadership Award for the incredible work she is doing to improve cybersecurity for the health care industry. Baldrige helps thousands of organizations across the country and around the world, in all sectors of the economy, pursue performance excellence which, in turn, makes a positive difference in people’s lives. Congratulations Theresa, we are so proud of you!


CareATC May 2023 chatWATCH: Mental Health Support 

Did you know? Mental health support can positively impact physical health by improving the immune system, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, improving sleep, and reducing pain. Learn more in this month’s Health Chat with experts at Care ATC

You can request an appointment with a Care ATC provider here.



Nurses: We Want to Hear From You

This Nurses Week, we want you to tell us all about why you became a nurse. We know your reasons are varied and personal. So please send us a paragraph answering these questions:

  • Why did you become a nurse?
  • Why would you encourage someone else to become a nurse?  

Please send photos that represent either or both of these questions -- you have wide latitude here but be sure that the image does not include patients, families, or private health information.

Don't forget to include your name, job title and location. 

We will post your responses on the Connect Newsroom.

Email us at InternalCommunications@cookchildrens.org.