Connect Newsletter (Nov. 1, 2023)
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Nov. 1, 2023
Cook Children's 2023 Town Hall Updates/Care Share Information
Thank you to everyone who has watched the video or attended one of our Employee Town Hall Meetings live. Leaders shared what’s on the horizon for Cook Children’s in fiscal year 2024. To celebrate the Texas Rangers' trip to the World Series, we went all out on a baseball theme. Leaders were decked out in Rangers gear and worked quite a few baseball terms into their remarks. We even served hotdogs and Cracker Jack! Watch the video here.
One of the big updates from Town Hall was the information on the fiscal year 2023 Care Share bonus. Learn the latest and get all the details here.
Master Plan Update
Please take a few minutes to watch this informative video with Spencer Seals, VP, Construction & Real Estate, as he walks us through Cook Children's Master Plan. Spencer talks about how we've gotten to where we are currently and takes us into the future. We think you will find this video informative and interesting.
Performance Reviews Move to Common Date Beginning in 2024
If you’re used to having your annual performance review tied to the anniversary of your hire date, we want you to know about a small change.
Cook Children’s is moving to a common date for annual performance reviews. The new performance and development process will be implemented in the fall of 2024, replacing the phased-out PACE system.
What you need to know is: No matter your employment start date with Cook Children's, you will have your annual performance review in the fall of every year beginning in the fall of 2024.
Show Your Rangers Pride at Work!
The Texas Rangers are in the World Series, y'all! That means it's time to break out your best baseball attire and wear it to work with pride.
CookNet and Microsoft Teams Terms
We're excited to offer you a more modern workspace with our new technology upgrade. However, we understand that change can be challenging. We've compiled definitions for a few key terms to help you get started. Read more here.
This year's Halloween Hoopla event was a blast and featured live skits and a contest for top costumes. We streamed the whole event live on the Child Life Zone channel for patient families in their rooms, and for the first time, the livestream was available to employees to follow along at our locations.
The judges had their say. Now we want to hear from you. Watch the Connect Newsroom in coming days for information on casting your vote for your favorite skit and best costumes. Patient families are also voting for their favorites.
Patient Trick or Treating in Prosper and Fort Worth
We had a “spook-tacular” time celebrating Halloween – our patients and their families went trick-or-treating and our employees showed off their Halloween spirit by dressing up in creative costumes!
Quite a fright! Employees visited a special Haunted Mansion presented by patients and siblings in the Child Life Zone. Watch a video here - it might make you jump…
World-Renowned Expert in Rare Endocrine Disorder Receives Fort Worth Sister Cities Global Impact Award
Hochberger Auditorium To Have Temporary Closure
The Hochberger Auditorium on the lower level of the Medical Center-Fort Worth will be closed from Jan. 2 to Feb. 23, 2024, for a refresh. During the construction, most appointments have been relocated.
Learning About Our ERGS: Latinos Engaging, Advancing, Developing & Supporting (L.E.A.D.S.+)
Latinos Engaging, Advancing, Developing & Supporting (L.E.A.D.S.+), a new Employee Resource Group at Cook Children’s, held a successful first event in October, a panel webinar to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and connect and celebrate employees across the System.
Who Are Our 4th Quarter Peak Performers?
Congratulations to our 4th Quarter Peak Performers, selected for their amazing work in quality, safety and service. We’re celebrating recipients from July to September 2023. Click here to view the recipients on a new CookNet page dedicated to Peak Performers. (You must be on the network to view.)
Employee Craft Fair on Nov. 3
It's not too early to start thinking about holiday gifts. The Employee Fall Craft Fair is scheduled to take place on Friday, Nov. 3 in the Atrium of the Cook Children's Medical Center-Fort Worth. Crafters will be donating 10 percent of sales back to Cook Children's. Talk about our value of generosity!
Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month, which honors the diverse cultures and histories of indigenous peoples in the U.S. and its territories. We've compiled some resources for learning more about Native Americans as well as some statistics. Click here on the Connect Newsroom.
Get Tips from Fidelity for Retirement Savings
Are you enrolled in a retirement plan? Are you saving enough? Fidelity can explain the importance of looking ahead now toward your retirement finances. Join the experts from Fidelity for a webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to learn how and why to enroll in a retirement plan. As a benefit to Cook Children’s employees, you’ll earn 100 Virgin Pulse Points for attending the webinar. Points may be cashed in for gift cards through our wellness program.
Webinar: Get Started and Save for the Future:
Exceptional Care When You Need It Most
Gearing up for the busy fall season? Plan ahead for family care needs or make last-minute reservations with Bright Horizons Back-Up Care. This service provides child and elder care to help with disruptions in arrangements that might cause you to miss work. They’ve redesigned their homepage so you can take advantage of speedy reservations in fewer than 90 seconds, a simplified navigation, and personalized content to fit your needs.