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Connect Newsletter (May 5, 2022)

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May 5, 2022

COVID-19 travel Image Important Travel Information For You

For many of us, it’s finally time to take that vacation we put off due to the pandemic.

With COVID-19 numbers down dramatically at many locations, it’s time to revisit our travel guidelines.

Click here to read the latest updates on domestic/international travel, business travel, face masks, cruises, and recommendations for ALL travelers.


CYS Card 1Employee Appreciation Month: The Return of Cookouts, Baseball and Your Smiling Faces

Hot dogs, baseball, your favorite T-shirts and smiling faces.

These staples of our lives will never again be taken for granted, but they will always remind us of the importance of normalcy.

We hope you will take some time over the next month to celebrate Employee Appreciation Month across Cook Children’s!

“We’ve been through so much together over the past couple of years. Now here we are, with a chance to spend time with one another, and it’s all thanks to your dedication to our patients, their families and each other. Thank you for all of your hard work, and please know you are truly appreciated,” said Keith Holtz, chief administrative officer at Cook Children’s.

Click here for all the details on campus cookouts, Cook Children's Night At The Ballpark, spirit dress up days, eCards and more!



nurse_day_1080x1080_aNational Nurses Week: Three Nurses At Cook Children's Share Their Favorite Moments

National Nurses Day is Friday, May 6 and National Nurses Week 2022 is May 6-12.

The theme for 2022 is “You Make A Difference” and that couldn't be more evident here at Cook Children's. Not only does our nursing staff provide high-quality patient care and services, but many are also involved in shaping our decisions and policies. 

We're spotlighting three nurses this week:

  • Patrice Reznicek, RN, Psychiatry 
  • Laura Portillo, RN, Hematology-Oncology
  • Anthony Garcia, RN, Dialysis 

Watch this video to hear about their favorite nursing moments, nurse heroes and what keeps them going every day.


podcast2Mental Health Awareness Month: Fort Worth Magazine Spotlights Cook Children's, JOY Campaign 

In April 2021, the Cook Children's Public Relations team launched the JOY Campaign, a program to help parents navigate the conversation around teen mental health. Now, a little more than a year later, 40+ articles have been published on Checkup Newsroom and 10 episodes of the Raising Joy podcast have been released.

Fort Worth Magazine recently shared a behind-the-scenes look at what led to Raising Joy. 

They also spoke to Kristen Pyrc, M.D., medical director of Cook Children's Hospital Psychiatry Outpatient Services, about the mental health crisis in Fort Worth. 

We encourage you to listen and share the Raising Joy podcast with your family, friends and colleagues!


DSC_5423Where Do I Get Accurate, Timely Information For My Patient Families?

Employees at Cook Children’s can count on the accuracy and clarity of the up-to-date education materials available to share with patient families.

Suzanne Beckett, director of Library Services at Cook Children’s, explains that the materials include licensed content from four vendors as well as more than 950 custom handouts created by our own experts.

From primary care offices, to urgent care clinics and the medical center, employees have access to these resources for every setting. The Patient Education and Health Literacy Council at Cook Children’s also works to vet the high standards of the materials. Learn more here!


joint-commission-gold-sealJoint Commission Study Time

The Joint Commission will send one surveyor to Cook Children's for one day to revisit campus. The visit will be unannounced and will occur any time between  Sunday, May 22 and Monday, June 6.

**** Please educate all staff on policy IN-39 Transportation of Contaminated Items for Sterilization or High-Level Disinfection on the complete policy ****

Can we transport contaminated medical equipment in disposable, impervious plastic bags?

: No!


facility dogsMoment of Zen: Sit...Stay...PLAY! Facility Dogs

Zuni and Steve are here to make you smile in our new “Moment of Zen" video series, where we share some positivity in a minute or less. 

What are your favorite moments around Cook Children’s? Share what we should capture next. Email us at social@cookchildrens.org!


Happy Retirement!

Please join us in recognizing the upcoming retirements below! 

Briddy Simeroth, manager, Rehab Services (pictured left) is retiring from the system on Friday, May 6, after more than 15 years of service to Cook Children's. "Please join us in thanking Briddy for her many years of service and wishing her the best during retirement at a reception in her honor  from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6 , in the Family Support Room A/B."  - Jillian Lemonds, Briddy's manager

We encourage you to take a moment to send Briddy a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by May 6.

Gina Asebedo, medical receptionist II, Cook Children's Clearfork Pediatrics (pictured middle) is retiring from the system on Friday, May 13, after more than 28 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Gina a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by May 13.

Cindy Slater, special imaging manager, Hurst Imaging (pictured right) is retiring from the system on Saturday, May 21, after more than 11 years of service to Cook Children's. 

We encourage you to take a moment to send Cindy a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard by May 21.


Briddy SimerothGina AsebedoCindy Slater


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