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Connect Newsletter (Nov. 3, 2022)


Connect Newsletter                                       
Nov. 3, 2022

New Era Launched at Cook Children's

valuesOn Monday, Oct.  31, we unveiled our new brand and showed how it connects to our new culture platform. The new brand and culture platform emerged from three years of surveys and focus groups with Cook Children's employees, doctors, patients and families. It's both a celebration of who we are today, and a North Star to guide our tomorrow.

To learn more about our culture platform, please click here.   *You must be on the network to watch. 

In case you missed the unveiling of our new logo, click here to watch a special message from Rick W. Merrill, our president and CEO, and have a look at our new peaks that sit atop Cook Children's Medical Center - Prosper, opening at the end of the year.

We know you may have a lot of questions about what this new brand launch means for you. Please click here to find helpful information. 


hoopla voting (478 × 290 px)Halloween Hoopla Voting Open Now!

The judges have had their say, now it's your turn.  Voting is open until midnight on Nov. 7, so get your votes in now! 

Click here to the vote for best individual costumes, group costumes and best skits (coming soon). 

All winners of Halloween Hoopla will receive the following prizes:

Halloween Hoopla



Children's Hospitals Solutions for Patient SafetyCook Children's Named SPS Hospital of the Month

Out of more than 145 hospitals across the United and Canada, Cook Children's was selected by the Children's Hospitals' Solutions for Patient Safety as the Hospital of the Month for November. Congratulations to everyone's outstanding work in earning this recognition.

Cook Children's was recognized for the following achievements:

Data Submission:

  • 100% HAC (Hospital Acquired Harm) outcomes data
  • 100% process reliability data 

Reducing Harm:

  • Rate improvement for Aviator HACs, CLABSI (Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections), UE (Unplanned Extubations)

All Teach/Learn:

  • Pioneer Cohort Work: CLABSI Hematology-Oncology, NAKI (Nephrotoxic Medication Associated Kidney Injuries), UE
  • Texas Region
  • Culture Wave: 1
  • Presented: 
    • 2021 Spring National Learning Session,
    • 2021 Fall National Learning Session
    • 2022 Spring National Learning Session
    • 2022 Fall National Learning Series
  • Attended:
    • Ambulatory Foundations
    • CLABSI Hematology-Oncology Cohort
    • CLABSI Network
    • ESS -OE (Employee Staff Safety Overexertion Injuries)
    • ESS-PBE (Employee Staff Safety Patient Behavioral Events)
    • ESS-PBE ATAL (Employee Staff Safety Patient Behavioral Events All Teach All Learn)
    • PHARE Cohort (Patient Harm and Relation to Equity)
    • PI Workgroup
    • PIVIE (Peripheral Intravenous Infiltrations and Extravasations) Network
    • Safety Disparities Foundation
    • UE Cohort
    • 2021 Spring National Learning Session
    • 2021 Fall National Learning Session 
    • 2022 Spring National Learning Session
    • 2022 Fall National Learning Session

healthiest employeesCook Children's Climbs 20 Spots in Top 100 Healthy Workplaces

Employees of Cook Children’s Health Care System benefit from a broad variety of programs and incentives for physical and mental well-being – from illness prevention and injury care to insurance plans and free counseling. That spectrum of quality offerings earned Cook Children’s the No. 74 ranking on the latest list of Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America.

Click here to learn more.


EAPCoping with Grief and Trauma 

We hope you can find 5 minutes to watch this conversation with Alicia Hooper, a licensed clinical social worker and Cook Children's EAP therapist.  Alicia discusses the grief or heightened anxiety many of us may be feeling following the tragedy at Dallas Methodist Medical Center.  We also provided some helpful mental health resources. 


Emergency Department PhotoVolunteer to be a High Census Partner

During this time very busy time, we are seeking employees who are willing to volunteer their time to be a High Census Partner. The purpose of the High Census Partner is to alleviate the added stress for staff when patient care needs become overwhelming to a department due to ongoing high census.

Click to learn more about the opportunity.


Six Flags Purchasing Ticket Instructions_Page_1It's Not Too Late! Six Flags Ticket Sales Extended for Purchase Through Saturday, Nov. 5!  

Sales for Cook Children's Family Day at Six Flags Over Texas has been extended through Saturday, Nov. 5. Each employee can purchase up to 6 tickets using their employee ID until Saturday.

Click here to learn more and purchase your tickets.


Karin KingHappy Retirement

Karin King, PN practice manager II, is retiring from the system on Friday, Nov. 18, after more than 23 years of service to Cook Children's.

We encourage you to take a moment to send Karin a farewell note or a congratulatory eCard before her retirement date.